Clearing Obstacles From the Path

Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu) reported: The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “I saw a man going about in Jannah (and enjoying himself) as a reward for cutting from the middle of the road, a tree which was causing inconvenience to the Muslims.”

[Sahih Muslim]

Another narration says: “A man who passed by a branch of a tree leaning over a road and decided to remove it, saying to himself, ‘By Allah! I will remove from the way of Muslims so that it would not harm them.’ On account of this he was admitted to Jannah.”


The act of saving people from harm and loss is greatly liked by Allah, no matter how small it is. Allah is greatly pleased if a person removes from the passage something that causes harm to people.

On the contrary, persons who restrict or obstruct passages and thereby create inconvenience for the passers-by, as is usually done with great audacity on marriage parties, or create trouble for people by encroachment, do in fact incur Allah’s displeasure. But our moral sense has been so blunted that rather than feeling any compunction, we do such things boastfully forgetting that ‘Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.’

We have now become so low that we take pride in going against our religious teachings and practices thus incurring Allah’s displeasure. Is there any further stage of moral turpitude and revolt against Him?

And Allah Knows Best!

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