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The Iron Fortress

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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

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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

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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

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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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Cripple or Capable?

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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 14:33

There was a Sahaabi by the name of ‘Amr bin Jamooh (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). This Sahaabi – although severely crippled – did not allow his handicap to come in the way of his heartfelt desire to serve and strive in the path of Allah Ta‘ala. Thus when the announcement to enlist for the expedition of Badr was made, he also eagerly prepared to march out and fight for the cause of Islam. But to his utter disappointment and disdain, his sons did not allow him to join. They cared for their father and pitied his state, refusing to let him leave. ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was patient and resolved that come what may, the next expedition would not leave without him.

He didn’t have to wait long for his wish to be fulfilled. The news soon arrived that the kuffaar of Makkah had prepared an army and were marching on Madeenah Munawwarah, seeking revenge for their defeat in Badr. When the news reached ‘Amr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), he immediately expressed his determination to enlist and fight but was again held back by his sons. Desperate not to be left behind a second time, he took his case to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) begging permission to join.

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