In Makkah Mukarramah there lived a very beautiful woman. Once she was admiring herself in the mirror and asked her husband: “Do you think any man will able to resist the beauty of this face?” He replied: “Yes.” She asked: “Who?” He answered: “‘Ubaid bin ‘Umair (rahimahullah).” She asked: “Will you allow me to tempt and entice him?” He agreed.

She approached ‘Ubaid bin ‘Umair (rahimahullah) pretending to ask him an important question. When they were in a corner of Musjidul Haram, she unveiled her face. It shone like a piece of the full moon. ‘Ubaid (rahimahullah) asked her: “O slave woman of Allah Ta’ala, what do wish to ask?” She replied: “I am madly in love with you. Please go ahead and fulfil my desires.”

‘Ubaid (rahimahullah) responded: “First let me ask you a few questions. If you reply truthfully, I will consider your request.” She remarked: “I will definitely reply truthfully to as many questions as you wish to pose to me.”

‘Ubaid (rahimahullah) asked:

“If the Angel of death comes to take your soul, would you like me to fulfil your request at that time?” She replied: “By Allah, never!” ‘Ubaid (rahimahullah) said: “You have spoken the truth.

“If you are lowered into your grave and about to be questioned by the Angels, would you be pleased that I fulfil your request at that time?” She replied: “By Allah, never!” ‘Ubaid (rahimahullah) said: “You have spoken the truth.

“If you about to cross the bridge over Jahannum and you do not know whether you will make it across, would you be pleased that I fulfil your request at that time?” She replied: “By Allah, never.”

‘Ubaid (rahimahullah) said: “When the scales of deeds are set up and you do not know whether the scales of your good deeds are heavy or light, would you be pleased that I fulfil your request at that time?” She replied: “By Allah, never.” ‘Ubaid (rahimahullah) said: “You have spoken the truth.

“When you are standing before Allah Ta’ala to account for your deeds, would you be pleased that I fulfil your needs at that time?” She replied: “By Allah, never.”

‘Ubaid (rahimahullah) then said to her: “You have spoken the truth. O slave woman of Allah, fear Him. He has bestowed you with many bounties.”

The woman then returned to her husband who asked: “What happened?”  She replied: “We have been wasting away our lives until now.” She then dedicated herself to salaah, fasting and other acts of worship. Thereafter her husband would say: “What has ‘Ubaid done to me? Every night was like a first night for me, but now she has no inclination to the world.”

Lesson: I’m sure most of us face similar situations very often. Some impermissible temptation or the other continuously urges and tempts us, whether it is a ‘sweet little thing’ or a ‘top number’ or a ‘pull’ or sniff of some substance that makes us feel like we flying in space. This incident gives us a powerful remedy to resist.

Just ask yourself these five questions. If you are prepared to commit that act at any one of these five checkpoints, then you may go ahead. Otherwise, just ‘loss it’. ‘Ubaid bin ‘Umair (rahimahullah) was so conscious of these five checkpoints that let alone not falling for this ‘gorgeous’ woman, he even changed her entire life.