Book Name:Tauba karnay walon kay liye inamaat
Drunken young man attained sainthood.
Shaykh-e-Tareeqat, Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـه has narrated a parable in his book ‘Nayki ki Da’wat’ [Call to Righteousness]:
Sayyiduna ‘Utbah-tul-Ghulam رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه was a young man and was a notorious sinner and drinker (before repentance). One day, he رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه attended the gathering of Sayyiduna Hasan Basri عَـلَيْهِ رَحْـمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ الۡـقَـوِی who was commenting on the following blessed verse:
اَ لَمۡ یَاۡنِ لِلَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡۤ ا اَنۡ تَخۡشَعَ قُلُوۡ بُہُمۡ لِذِ کۡرِ اللہِ
Translation from Kanz-ul-Iman: Has not the time come for the believers that their hearts should be humble for the remembrance of Allah?
(Part 27, Surah Al-Hadeed, verse 16)
He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه delivered such an effective and touching speech that the attendees were moved to tears. Standing up, a young man said: O my master! Will Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ accept the repentance of a great sinner like me, if I repent? He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه said: Indeed. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ will accept your repentance. When Sayyiduna ‘Utbah-tul-Ghulam رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه heard this, he began to scream and his body started trembling with his face turning pale. He رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه then fell down unconscious. After regaining consciousness, Sayyiduna Hasan Basri عَـلَيْهِ رَحْـمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ الۡـقَـوِی approached him and recited these couplets:
اَيَا شَابًّا لِّرَبِّ الۡعَرۡشِ عَاصِيۡ اَتَدۡرِيۡ مَا جَزَاءُ ذَوِي الۡمَعَاصِي
Translation: (O young man who has disobeyed the Creator of the ‘Arsh! Do you know what the punishment of the sinners is?).