Narrated Abu Waqid Al-Laithi رضي الله عنه:
While Allah’s Apostle صل الله عليه وسلم was sitting in the mosque with some people, three men came. Two of them came in front of Allah’s Apostle صل الله عليه وسلم and the third one went away. The two persons kept on standing before Allah’s Apostle صل الله عليه وسلم for a while and then one of them found a place in the circle and sat there while the other sat behind the gathering, and the third one went away. When Allah’s Apostle صل الله عليه وسلم finished his preaching, he said, “Shall I tell you about these three persons? One of them be-took himself to Allah, so Allah took him into His grace and mercy and accommodated him, the second felt shy from Allah, so Allah sheltered Him in His mercy (and did not punish him), while the third turned his face from Allah and went away, so Allah turned His face from him likewise. “
[Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 3, Number 66]
Do you know how sometimes you feel uncomfortable upon entering a gathering of people? This hadith reminds me of those moments when I am self-consciously searching for a place to sit…sometimes I want to find a spot in the middle of things. Other times, I want to disappear to a far edge and kind of hope nobody notices me. And then there are those times when I wish I hadn’t even bothered, I wished I’d just stayed home. I hope it’s never the good types of gatherings I wanted to run away from!