How much proximity to Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala a person enjoys cannot be determined by man. A person’s affluence, beauty, and fame has no bearing whatsoever with whether he enjoys closeness to the Almighty subhanahu wa ta ‘ala. Only Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala knows what is in the heart and which heart contains His love and attachment to Him.
Sayyidina Yasar radiya Llahu ‘anhu was an ordinary Muslim. He was below average in common social standing, since he was a former slave who belonged to Sayyidina Mughirah ibn Shu’bah radiya Llahu ‘anhu. His face was scarred and his complexion was dark. He took up the noble work of looking after the Masjid. He would sprinkle water in the Masjid and sweep it. Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “The rewards for my Ummah were displayed before me, so much so that even (the reward for) the dust that a man takes out of the Masjid.”
In the sight of Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala, on the contrary, he was on a lofty pedestal. Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam affirmed that he was one of the seven through whom Allah removes calamities from the people of earth. Sayyidina Abu Hurairah radiya Llahu ‘anhu narrates that he entered the presence of Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam who said, “O Abu Hurairah, a man will enter my presence from this door from the seven through whom Allah removes calamities from the people of earth.” Just then, an Abyssinian entered the door carrying a jar of water on his head. Rasulullah salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Welcome, O Yasar.”
 Jami’ al Tirmidhi, Vol. 5, Book 42, Hadith 2916; Sunan Abi Dawood, Book 2, Hadith 461. Grade: da’if.
 Usd al Ghabah, pg. 1239, Biography: 5628; Ma’rifat al Sahabah, pg. 2810, Biography: 3079; Tanwir al Ghabash, pg. 142; Raf’ Sha’n al Hubshan, pg. 307.Back to top