Zaazaan (rahimahullah) was a saint and a scholar of hadeeth. He was blessed to meet ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and many other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), and was one of the special students of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

Before he became a great saint and scholar, Zaazaan (rahimahullah) was ‘living the life’ and was involved in sin. However, Allah Ta‘ala inspired him to repent and change his life at the hands of ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).

The following is the personal story of Zaazaan (rahimahullah) in which he describes how Allah Ta‘ala guided him and inspired him to reform himself. He says:

When I was a youngster, I had a melodious voice and was talented in playing the drum. Once, I was with a group of friends who were listening to me singing songs. While we were enjoying our party, ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) happened to pass by. When he heard the singing and music, he came towards us and kicked the jugs of wine, causing all the wine to spill. He then snatched the drum from me and threw it on the ground, breaking it. Finally, he turned to me and said, “O youngster! If you used your melodious voice to recite the Quraan Majeed, you would really become something!” After saying that, he suddenly left.

I turned to my friend and asked him, “Who was this person?” He replied, “That was ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu).” At that moment, Allah Ta‘ala inspired me to repent. I ran after ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) with tears streaming down my face. He had just arrived at the door of his home and was about to enter when I reached him and held onto his clothing. He turned to me and asked, “Who are you?” I replied, “I am the person who was playing the drum.” ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) realized that I had come to repent and change my life, and so he hugged me and cried in joy and happiness. He then said, “Welcome to the one whom Allah Ta‘ala loves (and thus inspired to repent). Sit here!” ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ood (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) then entered his home and brought some dates for me to eat saying, “Eat from these dates. If I had any food besides this, I would have served that to you as well.”

(Taareekh Ibni ‘Asaakir vol. 18, pg. 283)

Lessons:

  1. No matter how bad our sins are, we are never a ‘write-off’. As long as there is life, there is hope for us. If we turn to Allah Ta‘ala, cry over our sins and sincerely repent, He will forgive our sins and bless us.
  2. Everybody wants to become ‘something’ in life. Some people want to be sportsmen, some businessmen, and some entrepreneurs. However, if we become the friends of Allah Ta‘ala, then instead of becoming ‘something’ in life, He will make us ‘everything’ in life – through blessing us with the happiness of this world and the next.
  3. From rave to R&B, rock and heavy-metal – there is now music to cater for every taste. However, as Muslims, we crave the taste of imaan and don’t spoil our taste buds with music, as it corrupts the heart and ruins the imaan.
  4. If someone tries to stop us from doing the wrong thing, whether it’s popping a pill or taking a pull, and we don’t want to listen to him, then we should at least respect him as he is doing the right thing.
  5. It is the duty of every Muslim to try and help his fellow Muslims to come closer to Allah Ta‘ala and help them to stay away from sin. However, every person cannot be assisted in the same way. Sometimes we can physically hold a person back, sometimes we can advise and sometimes we can make sincere du‘aa for the person.