Monday, January 19, 2009

Kisah Ngeri

The story of Barseesa is a story of a man from the Children of Isreal who was a worshipper, famous worshipper, aabid. He had his temple and he devoted himself to worship in his monastery.

Three men from the Children of Israel wanted to go out for jihad, al-ghazwa. They had a sister. They didn't know where to leave their sister, so they said "Where should we leave her, we can't leave her alone, where should we leave her?" They asked around, they said the best place to leave her is with that aabid, that worshipper, he's the most righteous person, he's the most trustworthy, leave your sister with him and he'll take care of her.

They went to the aabid, the worshipper, Barseesa. They told him this is the situation, we want to go out for ghazwa, can you please take care of our sister? He said "I seek refuge in Allah from you", stay away from me.

Then Shaytan came to him and said, "Who are you going to leave her with? If you don't take care of her, an evil person may take care of her and then you know what will happen. How come you let this good slip out of your hands?" Shaytan is encouraging him to do good, so he called them back and he said "Ok, I'll take care of her. But she's not going to stay with me in my monastery, she's will stay in that house near the monastery",

So she would stay in that house in the room, and he would carry the food for her and he would leave the food on his doorstep, he doesn't even want to go to her house, he would leave the food on the doorstep of his house and she would have to come and pick up the food. He doesn't even want to see her.

And then Shaytan came to him and said "What are you doing? Don't you know that when she walks out from her room and comes to your temple, people can see her? You have to the deliver the food to her doorstep." He said "Yes, that's true." Shaytan is not speaking to him face to face, this is was'wasa, inspirations. He said "That's true." He started taking that food and he would drop it on her doorstep. That continued for a while and then Shaytan told him "She's still opening the door and coming out to take the plate, somebody can still see her. You have to deliver the plate into her own room." Shaytan is telling him to do good things. So he started taking the plate and he would put it in the room and then he would leave.

And that continued for a while and these three brothers were late, the ghazwa took a while. So Shaytan came to him and said "You're going to leave her alone with nobody to take care of her, nobody to speak with" - she's been in there like she's in prison, speaking to no one - "so why don't you take that responsibility and go and speak with her - just socialize just a little bit to take care of her because she could go out and find another man and start having a relation with him. If you speak to her that will be an act of kindness towards her" So he would speak from outside her room and she would be speaking from in her room and they would be screaming at each other to hear each other. Shaytan told him "Why don't you make it a little convenient for yourself, instead of screaming and hollering at each other from far distances, why don't you go and sit in the same room?" So he started sitting with her in the same room, spending some time with her, and then slowly they started spending hours together.

Then shaytan came to him and kept making her appear attractive to him until her touch her on the thigh and kissed her. Shaytan kept making her appear attractive to him until the great abiid commiteed zina with her and made her pregnant, and she bore him a child.

And the story didn't end yet.

She became pregnant, she delivered a child. Shaytan came to him and said "What have you done? Do you know what will happen when the brothers come back? They're going kill you. Even if you say this is not my son, they're going to say 'Even if it's not your son, you're supposed to take care of her, it's your responsibility, we don't care who the father is, you are the person responsible for her.' The only solution for this problem is that you kill - murder - the child and bury it." The aabid chopped out the head of the infant and he buried him.

Shaytan came to him and said "Do you think that the mother will keep the secret after you killed her son? Do you think she will keep that secret?" What should I do, "You should kill her too." So he killed her. And he buried them both in that room.

Then he went up to his monastery to worship, and stayed there for as long as Allah willed that he should stay. The brothers came back, they came and said "Where is our sister?" He said "Inna lil'lahee wa inna ilayhee ra'jee'oon, she became ill and she died and she's buried in that place", and he went and showed them a fictitous grave, prayed for mercy for her and wept for her. He said, she was the best of woman, and this is her grave. So the brothers went to her grave and wept for their sister, and prayed for mercy for her. So they said "Inna lil'lahee wa inna ilayhee ra'jee'oon", they made dua for her and they went home.

At night time, one of the brothers saw a dream. Who came to him in that dream? - Shaytan. He told him "Did you believe Barseesa, did you believe him? He's lying. He committed zina with your sister and then he killed her and her son, and the evidence to prove that is that she's not buried in the place he showed you, but she's buried in her room under the rock." So he woke up and he told his brothers about the dream, they said "We saw the same dream, it must be true." They went the next day, they dug the fictitious grave, they found nothing. They went into her room, they uncovered the earth and they found their sister buried with an infant.

They grabbed Barseesa and said "You liar. This is what you have done", and they took him to the king. While they were dragging him to the king, Shaytan came to Barseesa, but now Shaytan didn't come in the form of inspiration, he came in a human form. He told him "Barseesa, do you know I am? I am Shaytan, I am the one who cause you all of that mess, and I am the only one who can deliver you out of it" - I'm the one who caused it, and I'm the one with the solution for it, it's up to you, if you want to go and die that's fine, if you want me to save you, I can. Barseesa said "Please save me." He said "Make sujood for me."

Barseesa made sujood for Shaytan, what did Shaytan say, he said "Thank you very much, (it's) been a pleasure meeting you" and he never saw him again.

Barseesa made sujood for Shaytan and that was the last thing he did in his life because shortly afterwards he was executed.

Imagine that. Imagine the last thing we did on earth is to make sujood to Shaytan.

Ngeri ke tak ngeri cerita ni kawan-kawan? A man who worships Allah all his life ends his life with prostrating to Shaytan. Shaytan who when ordered to bow down to Adam a.s. and refused

I pray that all of us remain on the straight path always and be steadfast against the fitna of syaitan.

The story of Barseesa is actually an Israeliyat story (reports from Jewish sources). We find many of our beloved prophet stories intertwined with the stories of the Israeliyats. Even though it is an israeliyat story it is still permissible to narrate it as according to hadith

Bukhari :: Book 4 :: Volume 56 :: Hadith 667

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr:

The Prophet said, "Convey (my teachings) to the people even if it were a single sentence, and tell others the stories of Bani Israel (which have been taught to you), for it is not sinful to do so. And whoever tells a lie on me intentionally, will surely take his place in the (Hell) Fire."

Thus the story of israeliyat can be neither believed or rejected, but it is permissible to narrate them. However we must always have in mind that all prophets are maksum yaani they are protected from major sins like zina or even lying. Prophets do make mistakes which are immediately corrected by Allah.

Thus the story of Prophet Dawood a.s. who supposedly has 99 wives and forced on a man for his wife to make the number of wives 100, should be rejected for a prophet is protected from doing something terribly wrong. Or the story of Prophet Moosa a.s. who put a burnt charcoal in his mouth when he was little causing him to have difficulty to speak. Or the story of Harut Marut the angels who were sent down to earth and were given shahawat like human and later sinned. Wallahualam.

The romantic stories of Prophet Solomon and Balqis or Prophet Yusuf and Zulaikha should just be ignored for the stories do not serve to increase our iman. Its just kesah romantic angan-angan yang di selit sana-sini to spice up the stories of the prophets. Man, I used to narrate these stories to people dulu during my working days. :/

The story of Barseesa is quoted many times in many tawheed books for it chills the heart and is a classic example on how shaytan sews up his target.

The one I wrote here is a mix of Imam Anwar Al Awlaki's transcript in his series : The Hereafter (listen to Anwar Al Awlaki story of Barseesa CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE YOU TUBE OF HIS LECTURE ON BARSEESA) and also from the book Islamic Creed Series : The World of Jinn & devils by Umar S. Al-Ashgar

I know many Israeliat stories for I have this thick book of Kisah Nabi written in very old jawi yang bergentel-gentel tanpa nokhtah. I used to read them over and over again and nearly came to the point of rewriting the stories into rumi font.

The best of stories are from the Quran and hadith.

Very much related to the story of Barseesa, we, as in the children and I, just made another lapbook entitled jeng jeng jeng AGAINST THE SHAYTAN.

wordpress inside against the shaytan

You can check it out in my wordpress at AGAINST THE SHAYTAN : LAPBOOK.


Ummu Layth said...

i remember this story. it was the first time i found the word "zina" and I asked my parents what it meant. they had trouble translating it. hehehehe.

the yusuf and zulaikha so-called love story is still widely believed di kalangan orang melayu. org melayu kan jiwang :p more receptive to these types of romantic stories. i have a friend who named her children zulaikha and yusuf because of it. ada kumpulan nasyid pun buat nasyid pasal derang nih. sabar je la.

Nusayba said...

The lapbook is looking better and better.

I'd love to see all these lapbooks someday. :)

Your Micheal Heart song is overlapping my Micheal Heart playing. :P (been having that on loop and have people stop by my workstation to pause and listen..hehe).

Lollies said...

aliya - tell me tell me what did your parents tell you? :D berat tu soalan tu.

I was one of those who love telling all these stories to my friend. I am so ashamed of myself so I feel the duty to tell what the stand is on Israeliat stories. I must thank my friends (ada dua orang I ingat lagi sampai sekarang) who after I told them the stories, said something about Israeliyat even though I didn't know back then. Backed with hadith I think more people can understand it better.

nusayba - He he. Insya Allah one day.

Nasib baik you boleh stopkan player I tu. :)

Anonymous said...

interesting. i've never heard of this story before. usually baca blog all sekali lalu, this one i focused to read without background disturbance so i could understand the story and it's well written too.

thanks as always madame, for sharing with us :)

ps: dapat jumpa pm since dia melawat ke sana?


elisataufik said...

eh, tak pernah pulak I dengar cerita romantic Yusuf and Zulaykha and Sulaiman and Balqis. hm.. curious nya.

I've heard this story before, tapi the summarized version lah , not this detailed. Chilling indeed.

wah cantik lah your lapbook. I have yet to do something like this with my kids :P erks.

Hansac said...

Elisa: Tak pernah? Man you miss alot!

Shaikh Barsisa, the version that I heard, was a wali. Terer tak terer dia ni, anak murid dia pun pandai terbang. Apatah lagi dia.

Tapi betul ke semua cerita ni?

What is faith and what is not?

Lollies said...

nonah - heh heh tak gi jumpa pun. masa yang supposed ada dinner dengan the msians, dia pulak kena jumpa PM qtar. di gantikan dengan MB Pahang yang bercerita pasal U M N O.

elisa - tak sure pulak cerita ni banyak kat internet ke tak. perhaps ada kot.

kalau you ada sini sure you boleh kasi i idea yang lagi best.

hansac - wallahualam if its true or not. like i said, its israeliyat, so we neither reject or acept. nevertheless i think we should take the gist of it i.e. to strive on the straight path. kalau u dengar leccture anwar al awlaki he also said to not to be too confident of ourselves.