There are many reasons that can make a person cry. Social etiquette and cultural ethos require adults to maintain their decorum in public and not show their emotions, except only to those to whom they are close. Gone are the childhood days when we could bawl at the drop of a hat just because some kid pushed us too hard or yanked away our toy. We “grow up” and “grow out” of that unbelievably nonchalant, innocent, ‘crybaby’ phase of our lives. However, do we stop crying?
Admittedly, women perhaps cry more often than men do, because they are inherently more emotional, and they give birth to, and rear, young children, which make them more prone to letting loose the “waterworks” now and then. However, the one thing that can make a grown man or woman alike, cry and even sob, is their relationship with their Creator, Allah. This crying is one of the most praiseworthy actions that is greatly dear to Allah, and for which there will be ample reward in the Hereafter, Insha Allah.
n All slaves of Allah cried
The Prophets and their companions cried before Allah. Pious predecessors, likewise, used to weep so profusely, especially in their night prayers, that the hot tears would leave marks on their faces and wet their generous beards.
Abdullah Bin Al-Shikhkhir (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I came to Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) when he was performing prayers. He was sobbing and his chest sounded like a boiling kettle.” (Abu Dawood and Al-Tirmidhi)
n Crying in solitude
A narration from the Sahihain (Al-Bukhari and Muslim) mentions seven categories of people who will be granted shade on the Day of Judgment under the throne of Allah. One of them is “a man who remembers Allah in solitude and his eyes become tearful”.
The reason why solitude is a condition for the reward is because when a person is alone, there is no one watching him except Allah; he will then not cry out of a show of piety because others are watching him or because others are also crying (such as during congregational prayers and supplications). Rather, he can only cry in solitude out of sincere faith and closeness to Allah.
n Fear of Allah’s Wrath
Remembering Allah in solitude and crying because of it could involve one of several aspects, or a combination of all. It could be from the fear of Allah and His wrath. A pious person might recall his past or present sins and their magnitude, due to which he might become overcome with dread of the Hell Fire and its punishment. This could make his eyes fill with tears.
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “One who weeps out of fear of Allah, will not enter the Hell till milk returns back in the udder.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
n Shukr for Blessings
Another reason for crying whilst remembering Allah in solitude could be a deep realization of His blessings and bounties, and the lack of one’s gratitude. One cries when one analyses how much one complains despite possessing countless bounties, the price or worth of which cannot be enumerated, such as eyesight and hearing.
When we see or hear about the calamities faced by others, we are overcome with the realization of how blessed we are, and the eyes gush forth with gratitude.
n Effect of the Qur’an
The melodious recitation of the Qur’an is a balm for distressed souls and hardened hearts. Even for those who do not understand a word of the recitation, the Qur’an can significantly stir up emotions and feelings of humility. That is why, someone could cry when remembering Allah in solitude while reciting the Qur’an or listening to its recitation on tape, when the meanings of the verses strike his heart and humble his soul, making his eyes gush forth with tears.
Lastly, one of the most common reasons for sincere believers crying before Allah when alone is their earnest dua’s to Him. This is especially true when a person experiences severe emotional distress during hopeless situations, when all else in the form of worldly means have failed to save him or her from certain loss, grief or death.
These are times when the believer reverts to pure monotheism in his heart, relinquishes all other partners that he might have associated with Allah, and calls out to Him alone, with his eyes gushing and his body shaking with tremors of humility brought on by the desperation only a slave can feel before his All-Powerful Master.
Let us pray to be among those fortunate ones whose eyes gush forth as they remember Allah in solitude, especially when praying the late-night prayer in the dark – in complete seclusion from the eyes of the world.
– Saudi Gazette