My Lord, Here Is My Forelock In Your Hand

As two servants of the ruler, An-Naaṣir, were talking to one another, one of them said, “I wonder what the ruler is doing today?” The other said, “I never saw him more afraid and sincere than he is today. He is by himself, wearing coarse clothing and sitting down on dirt. He is crying out loud and acknowledging his sins. I heard him say, ‘My Lord, here is my forelock in Your Hand, if You are to punish the people, and You are All-Wise and All-Just, then how will I, with all of my sins, escape your punishment?'”

At that moment, Mundhir ibn Sa‘eed was passing by, and he heard what the ruler’s servant said. Mundhir looked at him and said:”O young servant, wear a raincoat back with you, for if the mighty one on earth becomes fearful of Allah’s punishment, then the All-Mighty One in the heavens will have mercy on His slaves [and bless them with rain and sustenance].”

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