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Glad tidings to you O bird! You eat fruit and perch on the tree

 

حدثنا أبو معاوية عن جويبر عن الضحاك قال رأى أبو بكر الصديق طيرا واقعا فقال طوبى لك يا طير ولله لوددت أني كنت مثلك تقع على الشجرة و تأكل من الثمر ثم تطير و ليس عليك حساب و لا عذاب والله لوددت أني كنت شجرة إلى جانب الطريق مر علي جمل فأخذني فأدخلني فاه فلاكني ثم ازدردني ثم أخرجني بعرا و لم أكن بشرا

Abu Muawiyah narrated to us from―Juwaybir from―al Dahhak who reports:

Abu Bakr al Siddiq saw a bird perching (on a tree). He sighed, “Glad tidings to you O bird! By Allah, I wish I was just like you. You perch on a tree, eat the fruits, and then fly away without having to give reckoning or to face punishment. By Allah, I wish I was a tree on the side of the road upon whom a camel passed. He then took me, put me in his mouth, chewed me, then swallowed me, and excreted me as droppings. I wish I had not been a human.”

 

This is a statement attributed to Sayyidina Abu Bakr radiya Llahu ‘anhu. The Shia think that this proves the Sahabah’s radiya Llahu ‘anhum regret over their sins. I located it in Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah[1].

He said at another juncture:

ليت أمي لم تلدني ليتني كنت تبنة في لبنة

If only my mother never gave birth to me. If only I was a piece of straw in a brick.

 

The righteous make such statements out oof their intense fear for Allah. There is no criticism herein.

The Shia narrate something similar from Sayyidina ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu:

 

يا ليتي لد تلدني أمي و يا ليت السباع مزقت لحمي و لم أسمع بذكر النار قام و وضع يده على رأسه و جعل يبكي

“If only my mother never gave birth to me. If only the predators would have minced my meat and I had not heard about Hell.” He then stood up, placed his hand on his head, and began crying.[2]

 

If this is a reproach against Sayyidina Abu Bakr and Sayyidina ‘Umar radiya Llahu ‘anhu, then it is likewise a condemnation of Sayyidina ‘Ali radiya Llahu ‘anhu.

 

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[1] Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah vol. 7 pg. 91.

[2] Bihar al Anwar vol. 8 pg. 203, vol. 43 pg. 88; Ibn Tawus al Hassani: al Duru’ al Waqiyah pg. 276.

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