I am dubious of the authenticity of this story, but I dont think the truth of it takes away from the meaning behind it. I think its telling that its gone viral, showing that most people can relate to the story from their own actions/experiences
Imam Yahya Davis transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member mosque that he was to be introduced as the head Imam at that morning. He walked around his soon to be mosque for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for jummah….only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food….NO ONE in the mosque gave him change. He went into the musallah to sit down in the front of the mosque and was asked if he would please sit in the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.
As he sat in the back of the mosque, he listened to the mosque announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new Imam of the mosque to the congregation……..”We would like to introduce to you Imam Yahya Davis”….The jammat looked around filled with joy and anticipation…..The homeless man sitting in the back stood up…..and started walking down…..the happiness stopped with ALL eyes on him….he walked up the memba and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment….then he recited
“Verily, Allah will say to his slave when He will be taking account of him on the Day of Judgement, ‘O’ son of Adam, I was hungry and you did not feed me.’ He will answer: ‘How could I feed you? You are the Lord of the worlds!’ He will say: ‘Did you not know that my slave so and so who is the son of so and so felt hunger, and you’did not feed him. Alas, had you fed him you would have found that (i.e. reward) with Me.’ ‘O’ son of Adam, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink.’ He will reply: ‘How could I give You drink? You are the Lord of the worlds!’ He will say: ‘Did you not know that my slave so and so, the son of so and so felt thirsty and you did not give him drink. Alas, if you had given him, you would have found that (i.e. reward) with me.’ ‘O’ son of Adam, I became sick and you did not visit Me.’ He will answer: ‘How can I visit You? You are the Lord of the worlds!’ He will say: ‘Did you not know that my slave so and so, the son of so and so became sick and you did not visit him. Alas, had you visited him, you would have found Me with him.”
After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning…many began to cry…. he then said….Today I see a gathering of people……not a community of Allah. The world has enough people, but not enough true Muslims…when will YOU decide to become Muslims? He then asked the Muadhan to call the iqamaat fro salat…