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Actions Speak Louder than Words


Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:26

‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) once set off for a battle when he noticed that some of his armour was missing. After the battle was over, he returned to Kufah. While in Kufah he one day happened to see a Jew with the same armour he had lost! He immediately confronted the Jew saying, “The armour is mine! Neither did I sell it, nor did I give it away!” The Jew, however, denied this claim and said, “The armour belongs to me and, furthermore, it is in my possession.” On hearing his denial, ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) suggested that they go to the qaadhi (judge). The Jew agreed and they were soon in the presence of Qaadhi Shurayh (rahimahullah).

Qaadhi Shurayh (rahimahullah) asked ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to present his case first to which he stated, “This armour, which is in the hands of the Jew, belongs to me. Neither did I sell it, nor did I give it away.” Qaadhi Shurayh (rahimahullah) then turned to the Jew and asked him, “What do you have to say, O Jew?” the Jew once again denied the claim saying, “The armour is mine and furthermore, it is in my possession.” Qaadi Shurayh (rahimahullah) thereafter turned to ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and enquired, “Do you have any proof, O Ameerul Mu’mineen?” ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “Yes! Qumbur and Hasan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) will testify that the armour is mine.” Qaadhi Shurayh (rahimahullah) rejected this evidence saying, “The testimony of the son is not accepted when in favour of the father (referring to the testimony of Hasan [radhiyallahu ‘anhu]).”

When the Jew heard the decision of Qaadhi Shurayh (rahimahullah) in his favour, he immediately exclaimed, “The Leader of the Muslims took me to his own judge and his own judge passed judgement against him in my favour? This, really, is truth!” The Jew then recited the shahaadah and accepted Islam. (Taareekhul Khulafaa’ pg. 184)


1. The Jew was so impressed at the justice of Islam that he instantly renounced Judaism and accepted Islam. If we once again live our lives according to the principles of Islam, we will become beacons of guidance and attract disbelievers around the world to Islam through our sublime character.

2. We, as Muslims, are all representatives of Islam. Unfortunately, when our behaviour is incorrect, we not only give the world at large a negative impression of Islam but even give them the chance to mock and ridicule Islam due to our wrong actions.

3. Justice and fair treatment need to be exercised in every aspect of our lives. If we have a domestic worker at home, justice demands that we don’t keep her back even a single minute overtime, we are timeous in paying her, we don’t accuse her of stealing etc. without having proof to back our accusation, and we don’t extract such work from them which is more than what they can manage. Let us all ask ourselves, “Have I, through my conduct, attracted my domestic worker to Islam or have I distanced her from Islam?”


The Iron Fortress


Tuesday, 27 October 2015 16:16

Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah), a famous narrator of hadeeth and student of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), was once travelling with a group of people when they decided to encamp for the night at a riverbank. As they were setting up camp, the people of the area approached them and advised them saying, “Go further on. Every person who attempts to camp here gets robbed.” On hearing this, the entire group packed up and departed to camp elsewhere – with the exception of Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah). He stayed behind, alone and fearless, trusting in the security provided by the aayaat of protection he recited.

Muhammad bin Seereen (rahimahullah) then narrates the events that ensued. He says:

“I had not yet fallen asleep when I actually saw the robbers. They were wielding drawn swords. They tried to come near me more than thirty times but were unable to draw near. Knowing that I was safe, I slept soundly until the morning. When it was morning, I packed up and departed, continuing my journey. As I travelled, I suddenly encountered one of the robbers who was carrying a bow and seated astride a horse with a huge, bushy tail. He called out to me and asked, “Are you a human or jinn?” “A human – from the descendants of Aadam (‘alaihis salaam)” I replied. He was stunned to hear this and asked, “But what’s your secret then? We tried to get to you more than 70 times but were blocked by an iron wall every time!” I replied, “The secret is a hadeeth which Ibnu ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) narrated to me from Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) who said, ‘Whoever recites thirty-three verses of the Quraan Majeed at night, he will not be harmed by an unexpected predatory animal and, together with his family and wealth, he will be in complete safety and ease until the morning.’” When I completed narrating the hadeeth, he was so affected that he descended from his horse and broke his bow, promising Allah Ta‘ala that he would never again return to a life of robbery.”

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An Uncle from the Unseen


Monday, 12 October 2015 15:14

Yazeed bin Haaroon (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

I once went to Asbagh bin Yazeed Al-Warraaq (rahimahullah) to learn a few ahaadeeth of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). When I arrived, I found him extremely sorrowful and grieved and so I asked him, “May Allah Ta‘ala have mercy on you! What has grieved you?” Asbagh (rahimahullah), however, did not reply and instead said to me, “If you wish to record ahaadeeth then do so, otherwise return home.” I therefore wrote the ahaadeeth he taught me and left. When I went to Asbagh (rahimahullah) on the second day, I found that his grief and sorrow had somehow intensified and worsened. Concerned for his welfare, I again asked him what the matter was. My enquiry was to no avail as he again brushed my question aside in the same manner. Once again, I wrote the ahaadeeth he taught me and proceeded home.

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Dogged Devotion


Tuesday, 29 September 2015 15:25

There was once a Mogul leader who converted to Christianity. To celebrate his conversion, a group of prominent Christian and Mogul leaders came to visit him. During the visit, one of the group began to attack the honor and speak ill of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He continued reviling Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), until a hunting dog which was tied nearby suddenly leaped on him and began to scratch and claw at him. The dog was so furious that it took several men to restrain it and free the man. On seeing this, one of the group said to him, “The dog attacked you because you were speaking ill of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).” “Never!” he exclaimed, “The dog is very noble. When I was gesturing with my hand, it thought I wanted to hit it. That is why it attacked me.” Saying this, he foolishly went on speaking ill of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). After some time the dog again leaped up and attacked him, this time tearing out his throat and killing him instantly.

The devotion of this dog to the honor of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had such an effect on their hearts that approximately forty thousand Moguls accepted Islam! (Ad-Durarul Kaaminah vol. 3, pg. 128)  

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Better Than Hajj


Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:23

The great Imaam and Muhaddith, ‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah), would perform hajj very regularly. He would carry along a lot of luggage and travel in a caravan of many servants and others whom he would sponsor.

On one of his journeys for hajj, he was accompanied by a servant who had a partridge with him. One day during the journey they sent the luggage ahead and were packing up their camp to continue travelling when the servant saw that his partridge had died. Knowing that it was carrion and could not be eaten, the servant left it at a dump nearby.

‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah) was, in the meanwhile, seated on his horse when he suddenly caught sight of a young girl who kept peeping from the door of a home close to the dump. Realizing that she was trying to avoid being spotted and was waiting for a chance to emerge unseen, he turned and pretended that he had not noticed her. As soon as he turned, she came running to the dump wearing only a lower garment. As quickly as she could, she grabbed the dead partridge and darted back home. Concerned that this young girl should not consume carrion, ‘Abdullah (rahimahullah) instructed his servant to knock on the door of the small home. The servant did as instructed and the girl came to the door. ‘Abdullah (rahimahullah) approached her and asked her why she had taken the dead bird to which she replied, “I live here with my sister. We own nothing besides the lower garment I am wearing. Our father was a wealthy man but when he passed away, we were oppressed and our share of the inheritance was snatched from us. We have, ever since, lived in such poverty and hunger that even carrion is permissible for us to consume. There is nothing in this home besides this lower garment. When I wear it, my sister has to go without anything to wear. This lower garment is our clothing, our bedding and even our blanket.”

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