The Mercy of the Gift of Tears


Weeping for Allah brings amazing rewards of which many of us are not even aware. So let’s find out in this week’s Jumuah Special about the beauty of crying for your beloved and discover practical tips on how to do this, insha’Allah!

In this week’s central ayah Allah ‘azza wajal describes the blessed people, and as you read, make dua of thanks that you are one of them! And they fall upon their faces weeping, and the Qur’an increases them in humble submission. [Quran, 7:109]

I cry because . . .

You start your life crying and others cry for you when your life ends. Children cry when they hurt themselves, don’t get what they want, are scared, or even out of compassion. But does a child ever cry out of happiness? Only as adults do we cry from happiness or love. There are even people who get paid to cry!

Why do we so easily cry when we are in fights with our spouses, when we fail at work, or when we are ill, but when we stand in prayer or listen to the Quran we have trouble squeezing out a tear?  For some reason the Quran does not make us emotional.

Rediscover your emotions

Only something that’s important to you will make you emotional. That’s why some people are emotional each day about the situation of oppressed Muslims worldwide, while others aren’t because they don’t feel connected to the ummah. This is also why the ayaat of the Quran do not make us as emotional as we should be, because our connection with Allah ‘azza wal and His words is overshadowed by our connection to this world, its people, and its belongings.

For what reasons would the  prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam weep? . . . Out of mercy for the dead, out of fear and compassion for his ummah, out of deep fear of Allah, upon listening to the Qur’an. And it was a weeping of longing, love and exaltation, accompanied by fear. [Ibn al Qayyim, Zaad al Ma’aad]

It’s time to wake up our hearts to what gives us life!

Special tears

If you would know what can save you from the blazing fire of Hell and bring you shade from the throne of Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa, wouldn’t you go for it?

The Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi w a sallam beautifully said, If, through fear of Allah, tears–even to the extent of a fly’s head–fall from any believer’s eyes and drop on some part of his cheek, he will be kept away from Hell. And:  by Allah and One who weeps out of fear of Allah, will not enter hell till milk returns back in the udder; and the dust raised on account of fighting in the path of Allah and the smoke of hell will never combine together [At-Tirmidhee]

And he said about the seven types of people whom Allah will shade on the day of resurrection, when there is no shade but His: and a man remembered Allah while he is alone and his eyes overflowed with tears out of His fear [Al-Bukharee, Muslim]

Six ways to weep for Allah

1. Listen to the Quran being recited beautifully.

The Prophet sallallaahu ’alayhi wa salla said to ibn Masud radiayyalhu ‘anhu: “Recite the Qur’an to me. I said, “O Messenger of Allah! Shall I recite the Qur’an to you, when it has been revealed to you?” He  replied, “I love to hear it recited by others”.

You must have heard this before. But this time, make wudu (you don’t have to but it’s a virtuous act), sit down and turn the recitation on so the sound fills your whole living room.

Close your eyes, try to clear your thoughts, say ‘a’oodhu billaahi minash-shaytaanir-rajeem – because Shaytan loves to discourage you listening to the Quran, let alone have you concentrate – and say bismillaahir-rahmaanir-raheem, as you do at the start of most good deeds, and just let the sound enter your heart!

Imagine the hard layer around your heart slowly crumbling and falling off . . .Visualize a flow of life and strength going through your blood. Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth? [Quran, 57:16]

2. One minute exercise each day: really think about your relationship with Allah.
Did you ever think about Allah’s care for you, how He keeps giving you what you want, again and again and again? You can’t be bothered to pray, but He lets you breathe. You find it too hard to wear hijab, but He gives you beautiful clothes to wear. You’re too tired to read His book, but He gives you time to check Facebook and Twitter.

Did you ever reflect on His strength and your weakness, your death and His eternal life?
Sit alone tonight and imagine for one minute the moment that you will stand before Him; what will you hear, what will you see, and what will you feel?

Look up and imagine Him watching you at that very moment and realize how much you miss being close to Him. Salman al-Faarisee radiyallahu`anhu said: Three things make me cry: parting from our beloved Muhammad and his Companions; the terror of the onset of the pangs of death and the standing in front of the Lord of the Worlds while not knowing whether I will be turned towards the Fire or Paradise.

3. Turn daily life habits into moments of reflection.
A container of water was brought to al-Hasan to break his fast with, but when he brought it close to his mouth he began to weep and said, I remembered the wish of the inhabitants of the Fire in their saying: “Pour on us some water…” . . . and then I remembered the reply to them “Surely Allah has forbidden both (water and provision to the disbelievers)” [Quran, 7:50]

4. Ask Allah.  The prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: O people weep, for if you cannot weep then make yourself weep. Indeed the inhabitants of the hellfire will weep until their tears pour down their cheeks, as if they were streams until the tears are used up and then blood will pour down, and the eyes will be covered with ulcers. [hasan in Sahih at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb]

Ask Allah to help you be able to cry the blessed tears out of love and fear for Allah and take action by doing good deeds.

And those who strive for Us— We will surely guide them to Our ways. And indeed, Allah is with the doers of good. [Quran, 29:69] So if you strive to make your soul weep, Allah ‘azza wajal will give you succes in achieving it!

5. Every time you cry for this world, remember Allah.
Next time you cry when you have an argument with your spouse, think of the One who will make your spouse perfect in Paradise and teach yourself to start connecting your daily life emotions to Him. When you feel emotional watching a movie, think of the One who gave you eyes to watch it in the first place. Connect emotional situations back to Allah and His favors and your bond with Him will grow.

6. Cry when you make dua.
Next time you ask Allah for something, do so with emotion. How would you cry for help if you were drowning? Would it be a monotone emotionless call? Next time you make dua, focus your whole body and mind on that request and strive to cry.

Umar ibn Al-Khattaab radiyallahu ‘anhu said: If someone announces from the heavens that everybody will enter Paradise except for one person, I would fear that I would be that person. This strong man wept thinking about His Lord. Abu Bakr radiyallahu ‘anhu was known for his weeping. What about us?

Cry for Allah; it is never too late. May Allah ‘azza wajal make us able to cry out of love and fear for Him from the bottom of our hearts, ameen.

Praying you will benefit,

Khawlah bint Yahya~ United Kingdom

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  1. lathifunnisa December 6, 2013

    subhanallah…..a very beautiful and a pure advice…jazakallahu khairan…

    • Munntaha July 26, 2017

      Alhamdulilah, this purely touched my soul and made me think of who i am and to my suprise i started crying reading this article.Masha’Allah.May allah bless you.

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        UQA_S July 27, 2017

        JazakAllahu Khair for your feedback, May Allah bless you too, help us spread this noble work by sharing in your circles.

  2. Yousuf December 6, 2013

    Masha’allah. realy touched me. What a beautiful advice. Jizakallahu khair

  3. Thurayya December 6, 2013

    Alhamdulillah and jazaakumullah for such an inspiring piece.May Allah SWT make us among those that cry for HIS love and fear,Aameen.
    Need your prayers please.

  4. midaydreamz December 7, 2013

    Subhan Allah beautiful and ameen to the dua

  5. Asad Irfan December 7, 2013

    JazakAllah Kher

  6. kayvee December 7, 2013

    mashallah amazing as usual

  7. Fathima December 7, 2013

    A very inspiring and thought provoking article. You are right . If we think deeply we will cry.But as we are attached to this worldly life we forget to think about the hereafter.May Allah help us to remember Him each and every moments of our life.

  8. Alya December 7, 2013

    jazakallahu khairan

  9. shameem December 7, 2013


  10. tanzil December 7, 2013

    اللَّهُمَّ اقْسِمْ لَنَا مِنْ خَشْيَتِكَ مَا يَحُولُ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَ مَعَاصِيكَ ، وَمِنْ طَاعَتِكَ مَا تُبَلِّغُنَا بِهِ جَنَّتَكَ ، وَمِنْ الْيَقِينِ مَا تُهَوِّنُ بِهِ عَلَيْنَا مُصِيبَاتِ الدُّنْيَا ، وَمَتِّعْنَا بِأَسْمَاعِنَا ، وَأَبْصَارِنَا ، وَقُوَّتِنَا مَا أَحْيَيْتَنَا ، وَاجْعَلْهُ الْوَارِثَ مِنَّا ، وَاجْعَلْ ثَأْرَنَا عَلَى مَنْ ظَلَمَنَا ، وَانْصُرْنَا عَلَى مَنْ عَادَانَا ، وَلَا تَجْعَلْ مُصِيبَتَنَا فِي دِينِنَا ، وَلَا تَجْعَلْ الدُّنْيَا أَكْبَرَ هَمِّنَا ، وَلَا مَبْلَغَ عِلْمِنَا ، وَلَا تُسَلِّطْ عَلَيْنَا مَنْ لَا يَرْحَمُنَا

    It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) rarely left a gathering without offering these supplications for his companions: “O Allah, give us a share of fear of You that will prevent us from disobeying You, (a share) of obedience to You that will help us to reach Paradise, and (a share) of certainty that will enable us to withstand the calamities of this world; cause us to enjoy our hearing, sight and strength so long as we are alive, until we die; avenge us against those who wrong us; support us against those who wrong us; do not make our calamity in our religious commitment; do not make this world our main concern and all that we know about; do not send against us those who will show no mercy to us.”

    Narrated by at-Tirmidhi, 3502; classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi.

  11. tanzil December 7, 2013


  12. Sanofar December 7, 2013

    Ameen for the dua. I was in search of a beautiful msg to make my heart soft and This is it! Baarakallahu feek. Its really benefited me.

  13. Aliya December 8, 2013

    JazakAllahkhair katheran

  14. Shirin December 9, 2013

    Masha Allah sister what a beautiful advice. May Allah make us from those who shed their tears in fear of Allah. Ameen. May Allah bless you and all muslims ameen

  15. fathima zahan December 9, 2013

    May Allah soften our hearts, as it should be, aameen. Jazakallah khair for all the enlightening articles you share with us.

  16. Amber December 10, 2013

    Thanks really nice. It really touch my heart

  17. Tasmiya December 18, 2013

    Alhamdullilah this article is really a very deep thought and may AllahSWT open our eyes to be close to Allah SWT so that we live in this world and here after in hasanah

  18. saba January 6, 2014

    Beautiful message. .subhaan allah..

  19. shareeza salim January 31, 2014

    SubhanAllah Ameen

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  21. islamic bayan November 24, 2017

    The tears of the eyes and the fear of the heart (for the sake of Allah) are among the blessings and mercies of Allah.

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