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Conceal to be Concealed

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2022 16:06

Ahmad bin Mahdi (rahimahullah) (d. 272 A.H.) was an illustrious scholar of hadeeth and a great worshipper of Allah Ta‘ala. Such was his generosity and love for the ‘Ulama that he had spent three hundred thousand dirhams (silver coins) on the ‘Ulama of his time.

One night, a woman came to him in Baghdad complaining of a great misfortune that had afflicted her, and pleaded to him, “I beg you by Allah to conceal me (and not reveal this to anyone).” So he asked her, “What is this affliction (that you are referring to)?”

She explained, “I was raped and have fallen pregnant. (To avoid embarrassment and humiliation,) I told the people that you are my husband and the child that I am expecting is yours, so please do not disgrace me (by denying this). Please conceal me, Allah Ta‘ala will conceal you (in the Hereafter).”

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For the Cause, Not for Applause

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 May 2022 16:00

‘Abdul Malik bin Marwaan was a famous leader of the Banu Umayyah. Four of his sons, viz. Waleed, Sulaimaan, Yazeed and Hishaam had succeeded him in ruling the Muslim empire. However, the son that was worthiest for the position was Maslamah bin ‘Abdil Malik. He possessed many noble characteristics and was the leader of the Muslim army. Such was the number of his expeditions and conquests, and his firm determination and military expertise, that he could be regarded as the Khaalid bin Waleed (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) of his time. (Siyaru Aa’laamin Nubalaa vol. 5, pg. 241 and Al-Bidaayah wan Nihaayah vol. 10, pg. 38)

On one occasion, Maslamah bin ‘Abdil Malik laid siege to a fortress. The Muslim army underwent a great deal of difficulty in trying to make a breakthrough, but they were unsuccessful. There was a small opening in the wall, so Maslamah urged the Muslims to enter through it (and open the door of the fort for the Muslim army to enter). However, no one was prepared to enter, (due to the great risk and almost no chance of survival). Then, Allah Ta‘ala afforded them victory when a common man from the army came forward and entered it (leading the way for the rest of the army to enter the fortress).

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Big People have Big Hearts

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 May 2022 10:03

Sayyiduna Waa-il bin Hujr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was one of the chiefs of Hadhramaut in Yemen and his father was a king of that area as well. When he came to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) welcomed him, honoured him and made du‘aa of barakah (blessings) for him, his children and grandchildren.

When he was returning to Hadhramaut, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sent Sayyiduna Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) with him to demarcate a piece of land for him. Sayyiduna Waa-il (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was riding his camel while Sayyiduna Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was walking.

When Sayyiduna Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) complained to him of the heat of the ground (burning his feet), Sayyiduna Waa-il (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) said to him, “Walk in the shade of my camel.” Sayyiduna Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) responded, “How will that help me? Why don’t you allow me to ride behind you (on your camel)?” (Having newly accepted Islam and therefore not having yet learnt the correct akhlaaq and etiquette, and furthermore coming from a royal background,) Sayyiduna Waa-il (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) answered, “Keep quiet, you are not worthy of riding behind kings.”

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A Selfless Soul

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Last Updated on Sunday, 24 April 2022 14:48

Once, during the occasion of hajj, two great luminaries, Ebrahim bin Ad-ham and Shaqeeq Balkhi (rahimahumallah), met in the Haram of Makkah Mukarramah. During this momentous meeting, Ebrahim bin Ad-ham (rahimahullah) posed the following question to Shaqeeq (rahimahullah), “What do you regard as the foundation (of your path of piety)?”

Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) replied: “Our foundation (of piety) is that if we are blessed with food, we partake (of it), and if we do are not blessed with food, then we are patient.” Ebrahim bin Ad-ham (rahimahullah) responded, “(This is no achievement, as) the dogs of Balkh do the same (i.e. if they find something to eat, they will eat and if they do not find anything then they are patient).”  

Shaqeeq Balkhi (rahimahullah) thereafter asked Ebrahim bin Ad-ham (rahimahullah), “Then what do you regard as the foundation (of your path of piety)?” He replied, “If we are blessed with food, then we give preference (to others, by feeding them first before filling our own bellies), and if we are not blessed with food, we are grateful and praise Allah Ta‘ala.” After hearing this reply, Shaqeeq (rahimahullah) stood up and sat (with utmost respect) in front of Ebrahim bin Ad-ham (rahimahullah) saying, “You are our teacher”. (Hilyatul Awliyaa vol. 6, pg. 274)   

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Fearing the Fire

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 March 2022 07:42

Mansoor bin ‘Ammaar (rahimahullah) who lived in Baghdad in the 2nd century of Islam was famous for his inspirational lectures and motivational advices. He narrates the following incident:

I came out (of my home) one night thinking it to be morning, whereas it was still night. (When I had realized this,) I sat down by a small door. Suddenly, I heard the voice of a youngster crying and saying, “By Your honour and splendour! I do not intend Your defiance by me disobeying you. Whenever I disobeyed you, neither was it because I was ignorant of Your warning, nor was it due to being bold before Your punishment, nor was it out of disregarding Your (affectionate) gaze upon me. Rather, (the reason for my disobedience was that) my inner desires tempted me, my wretchedness overcame me and Your drawn veil (over my sins) deluded me. I disobeyed You out of my own ignorance and I opposed You voluntarily. But now, who is there to save me from Your punishment? Whose rope can I cling to if You have cut off Your rope from me? How evil are the days of my life that have passed in the disobedience of my Rabb! Woe to me! How many times will I make taubah and (yet again) relapse (into sin)? The time has come for me to have shame before my Rabb!”

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