The miraculous story of Haseena’s bird ‘Lucky’
Allah has revealed (from time to time) the most beautiful Message in the form of a Book, consistent with itself, (yet) repeating (its teaching in various aspects): the skins of those who fear their Lord tremble thereat; then their skins and their hearts do soften to the celebration of Allah’s praises. Such is the guidance of Allah: He guides therewith whom He pleases, but such as Allah leaves to stray, can have none to guide. 039.023
Through the great blessings from the Zikr of Allah (swt) along with other good conduct in our lives we are able to achieve spiritual knowledge, wisdom and understanding in order that we may grasp the highest spiritual truths by parables and other means, which are given abundantly through the Zikr of Allah (swt). Allah (swt), the wise, instructed us in His infinite wisdom to celebrate His praises, and to honour His Blessed Prophet Muhammad (owbp), and to make the conduct of our lifestyle similar to that of our Beloved Holy Prophet Muhammad, (owbp), for his life and his example are indeed the best pattern for us to follow. They are also the key to our moral and spiritual progress.
For the benefits of those who would like to experience this spiritual blessings of joy and true guidance in the remembrance of Allah (swt), I would like to share a couple of true stories by a sincere servant of Allah (swt), and who is the lover of the Zikr of Allah (swt), who is none other than Haseena herself.
Haseena had a little parakeet named Lucky, and due to the numerous times that Haseena engaged in the Zikr of Allah (swt), Lucky also learned to do the Zikr as well. All day long Lucky would engage in Zikr, Naats, and Darood Akbar. Haseena loved Lucky very much. One day she was leaving the house to visit her sister who was very ill, and she had to go into the backyard to get something so she decided to take Lucky out for some fresh air as she always did. So Haseena placed Lucky on her shoulder forgetting that his wing needed to be clipped, and as soon as she stepped outside Lucky flew away. He flew onto the roof of a house about 15 houses down from Haseena’s house. Haseena ran after him calling him, but he ignored her. She went to see the owner of the house where Lucky was, and the owner took out his ladder for her to climb onto the roof to get Lucky, but as soon as she reached out to grab him he flew even further away, but this time he went out of sight.
Haseena went home and raised her hand in supplication and said: “Oh Allah (swt) my bird who loves to do your Zikr and who loves to do Darood and Salaam on our beloved Holy Prophet (owbp) just flew away. Please guide and protect him from all danger, and lead him to a good home, and if he will not be happy, or be protected from danger, then through your Zikr and through the Naats, Darood and Salaam that he does, please send him back to me. Onto you I leave my trust.” Ameen. Haseena then left to go see her sister. She wanted to come home in the afternoon before it got too dark, so that she could continue to look for Lucky, but due to traffic she came home late. It was dark and cold that evening, the rain and the wind was very strong, so Haseena could not go out to look for Lucky. The next day after the morning prayer when the sun was out she left to go look around the neighbourhood. There was a school in the area and Haseena observed the children rushing to the fence towards a tree. Haseena was curious about what the children were looking at, so she rushed over to the tree as well, to her surprise it was Lucky singing the praises of Allah (swt). All the children were amazed, they were saying, “Oh my gosh it is a bird, and it is singing so sweetly!” The children started climbing the fence to grab Lucky, and before Haseena could have told them not to go after him, for fear that he might fly away again, this was exactly what happened. Haseena sat down and looked extremely sad. The children asked her what had happened, and Haseena told them Lucky is her bird, and he was singing the praises of Allah (swt), the children were very surprised, and then apologized to Haseena.
After a couple of hours Haseena who was still wandering around the neighbourhood heard Lucky engaging in the Zikr of Allah (swt) while sitting on a tree in someone’s backyard. Haseena rushed over to him calling him down, but he flew away again. So Haseena went home stressed out, and cried herself to sleep. Haseena slept for an hour and went to perform two rakaat nafl namaz, seeking Allah’s (swt) help again. When she finished praying her husband returned home from Juma prayer, Haseena asked him if he heard Lucky yelling or singing anywhere in the neighborhood, and he replied, “Yes, I heard him singing Allah’s (swt) praises a couple of houses down the street in one of the neighbour’s yard, on a very tall tree, and I do not know how we are going to get him to come down”. Haseena told her husband that by the Zikr of Allah (swt), Lucky himself will come down into her arms. Haseena then rushed out to go and get Lucky. When she got there she saw the couple and their child trying to coax Lucky down from their tree with some food, but he was ignoring them. Haseena approached the couple and told them that Lucky was her bird, and she then called him down out of the tree, but he did not listen to her until she started to recite the Zikr of Allah (swt). Then Lucky started to jump from limb to limb until he flew right into her hands. The couple and their child looked on in amazement and said that prayer you said must be very great and powerful. Haseena told them it is called ‘Zikr’, the remembrance of God. They said that they would like to learn this prayer one day; Haseena said it would be her pleasure to come and teach them the Zikr of Allah (swt). After this Haseena held Lucky extremely close to her and rushed home with him. Subhan Allah.
This is what the Zikr of Allah (swt) does, it gives additional spiritual guidance to make the impossible possible. Allah (swt) gives his gifts in abundance to his sincere Zakireen, and for the people who recite their regular five daily prayers. Allah (swt) gives His gifts in just measures. Allah (swt) ordered us to constantly remember Him even in the instances of the things that we eat, for we are ordered to pronounce Allah’s (swt) name over the sacrifice of certain animals that we eat, the pronouncement of Allah’s (swt) name is an essential part of the rites, and it is for the benefit of our own souls. Allah (swt) said that there is good news for those whom are humble, those who have fear for Allah’s (swt) punishment, who have patience and are regular in their prayers and in his remembrance, and those who give to charity. It is those people who will receive Allah’s (swt) mercies and forgiveness, and those people will be able to enjoy His paradise.
Alif. Lam. Mim. 031:001
These are Verses of the Wise Book,- 031:002
A Guide and a Mercy to the Doers of Good,- 031:003
Those who establish regular Prayer, and give regular Charity, and have (in their hearts) the assurance of the Hereafter. 031:004
These are on (true) guidance from their Lord: and these are the ones who will prosper. 031:005