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I am Nothing!


When ‘Aaisha (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was on her death bed, ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) came in and began mentioning some of her virtues and achievements. ‘Aaisha (radhiyallahu ‘anha) heard this and responded: “How I wish I was a forgotten thing (who never existed).” (Saheeh Bukhaari #4753)

Lesson: Subhanallah! She had great virtues to her credit, she was the most beloved wife of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) passed away while reclining on her, Jibreel (‘alaihis salaam) conveyed salaam to her, as well as numerous other virtues. Yet she did not focus on any of these aspects. Instead she is wishing that she was forgotten. Such thoughts can only come to the one who is truly humble. We also need to learn this lesson of humility. Unfortunately our focus is towards “This is what I have done and these are my achievements. My child is always number one, my family is always in the forefront of everything,” etc. ‘Aaisha (radhiyallahu ‘anha) is teaching us that we are nothing and we should not pretend to be anything.