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A Personification of Patience

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Monday, 14 September 2020 13:31

Khalaf Al-Birzaalee mentions the following incident:

On one occasion, a man with leprosy who was also blind and had lost his arms and legs was brought to me. I thus took him and kept him with the other lepers. I thereafter forgot about him for a few days. When I remembered, I (went to see him and) said to him, “O so-and-so! I had forgotten about you! How are you doing?” He replied, “My Beloved, He Whose love is such that it is infused into my every particle and it prevents me from perceiving the pain of my condition, does not forget me.”

I (again apologized and) said, “I forgot (i.e. I did not intentionally neglect to check on you).” He replied, “I have One who always remembers me – and why would the lover not remember his beloved when he is before his eyes all the time, in signs recognized by intelligence and understanding? (i.e. when I recognize Allah Ta‘ala through His signs and constantly remember Him, then how can He forget me?)”

I then asked him, “Shall I not get you married to a woman who will assist you to remain clean?” Hearing this, the man began to weep. He then took a deep breath, turned his eyes towards the sky and exclaimed, “O the Beloved of my heart!” He then lost consciousness.

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Divinely Protected After his Death

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Monday, 31 August 2020 06:21

During the year 4 A.H., a few members of the ‘Adhal and Qaarah clans approached Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and mentioned that their clans had accepted Islam. They then requested Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to send a few Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) with them to their clans for the purpose of teaching them the Quraan Majeed and the injunctions of Deen.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) thus deputed a group of ten Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) with them, appointing Sayyiduna ‘Aasim bin Thaabit (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) as their ameer (leader). However, the reality was that these people had not actually accepted Islam, but had pretended to do so in order to deceive the Muslims and betray them.

Accordingly, when they arrived at a place named Rajee’, they summoned the Banu Lihyaan clan who arrived with an army of two hundred men to attack the Sahaabah. Realizing that they had been betrayed, Sayyiduna ‘Aasim (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and his companions fled from there and finally climbed up a hill for protection.

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An Eye-Opener

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Monday, 03 August 2020 10:00

Yusuf bin Husain (rahimahullah) relates the following incident:

I was once near a pond, with Zun Noon Misri (rahimahullah), when my sight fell on a huge scorpion that was waiting at the edge of the pond. Suddenly a frog emerged from the water. The scorpion then climbed onto the back of the frog, after which the frog swam across the pond, carrying the scorpion to the other side. (As we beheld this strange spectacle,) Zun Noon (rahimahullah) said to me, “Something extraordinary seems to be unfolding with this scorpion! Come!”

We thus followed the scorpion and saw it make its way to a man who was fast asleep in a drunken stupor. On the man’s chest was a snake, seeking his ear. The scorpion overpowered the snake and attacked it, causing it to die. The scorpion then returned to the pond. It once again climbed onto the back of the frog after which the frog swam across the pond, transporting it back to where it had come from.

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The Rank of the Repentant

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Monday, 20 July 2020 09:35

There was once a butcher who fell in love with a slave girl belonging to one of his neighbours. One day, his neighbours sent their slave girl to another village on some errand. (Realizing that she would be travelling alone, he saw an opportunity to meet her and) so he followed her and tried to seduce her.

She said to him, “Do not do this! I actually love you more than you even love me – but I am afraid of Allah Ta‘ala (so I am not prepared to commit this sin with you)!” (Hearing these words, the butcher was instantly affected and) he exclaimed, “You fear Allah Ta‘ala whereas I do not fear Him!” So he returned while repenting to Allah Ta‘ala.

Thereafter (as the butcher was traveling), he became very thirsty, until it seemed as though he would die from thirst. While he was in this condition, he suddenly saw a messenger of one of the Ambiyaa of the Banu Israaeel. The messenger asked him what the matter was, to which he answered that he was suffering from thirst. The messenger said, “Come! Let us make du‘aa and beg Allah Ta‘ala to send a cloud to shade us until we reach the village.” The butcher replied, “I do not have any good actions to my credit so that I can make du‘aa (through the blessing of these actions).”

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You are the Company You Keep

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Monday, 06 July 2020 15:13

Mukhawwal narrates the following incident:

One day, Buhaim came to me and asked, “Do you know of anyone, from your neighbours and friends planning to go for hajj, who would like to be my companion on the journey?” I replied in the affirmative, and then took him to a man of the locality who was pious and committed to Deen. I introduced them to one another, and they agreed to be companions on the journey of hajj. Thereafter, Buhaim departed, returning to his family.

Some time later, the man came to me and said, “I prefer that you find your friend another companion!” Hearing this, I exclaimed, “Why is it? By Allah, I do not know of anyone in Kufah who can compare to him in good character and tolerance. I have journeyed on a sea voyage with him and I did not see anything but good in him.” The man replied, “I was told that he continues to weep for lengthy periods, without cease. His continuous weeping will make our life difficult for the entire journey!” I replied, “He only weeps occasionally when he has a thought that softens the heart. Do you not also weep from time to time?” The man replied, “I do, but what I heard regarding this person and his weeping was quite extreme!” I replied, “Be his companion, and perhaps you will benefit from him.” The man (relented and) said, “I will make istikhaarah.”

When the day of their departure arrived, the camels were brought and made to kneel for them (to mount). Buhaim sat in the shade of a wall and placed his hand below his beard. He then began to weep until his tears flowed on his cheeks, and then on his beard, and then on his chest. By Allah, his tears flowed to such an extent that I even saw them flowing onto the ground!”

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