A certain saintly man used to always perform his salaah with the congregation, in the mosque. One day as usual he went to the mosque for salaah. As he reached the door of the mosque, he heard the voice of the Imam saying: "Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah" indicating that the congregational salaah had ended. Realising that he had missed the congregational salaah, the pious man was so filled with sorrow that he sighed: "Ah!" It was such a sigh that came right from the depths of his heart.
"The saintly man missed the Jamaat and 'Ah!' was uttered in sorrow And in his 'Ah' the blood of his heart could be smelt".
Inside the mosque there was another saintly one who had a spiritual sight. When he came out of the mosque he saw a shining light, which went right up to the throne of Allah. He discovered that the noor was the sigh of the person who had missed the congregational prayer. He said to the pious one: "Hazrat give me that 'Ah!' and in exchange accept my salaah which was performed with the congregation".
The saint did not at the time understand the real value of his "Ah!" and exchanged it for the salaah with Jamaat. That night the 'other saint saw a dream wherein a voice from heaven said to him: "0 man, you have purchased and acquired the water of life, the water of health and have made a very good exchange in getting that 'Ah!' because that sigh was uttered in the fullest sincerity".
"That night a messenger from on high brought the message That through that transaction he had acquired the water of life and of health.
And said: Through this transaction that you have made,
Allah has accepted the salaahs of all mankind of the present time."
Lesson from this Story
From this story we learn the following things:
a) One should not look down upon anyone. Sometimes even a great sinner repents so sincerely, with such a presence of heart and in such a heart-rending manner that this repentance of his becomes superior to all his other deeds, with the result that we do not know from where to where he reaches.
"Towbah (repentance) is a strange means of conveyance, It causes one to reach speedily from humbleness and lowliness Upto acceptance and great heights".
b) From this we also learn that when there are short-comings
and faults in our deeds, we should have sorrow, grief and remorse and we should cry before Allah seeking forgiveness and pardon. In the story all that was included in one" Ah!".
c) From this story we also learn the importance of performing our salaah together with the congregation.