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Foolish Beyond Belief


Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2020 09:10

Among the Arabs, there was a person known as “Jahaa”. Many humorous anecdotes have been reported in his regard. A few of these have been mentioned below:

On one occasion, due to demolishing (some building), a huge heap of sand piled up at the house of Jahaa’s father. Jahaa’s father began to complain saying, “Now the neighbours will force me to clear this sand! It will take a lot of effort and this type of sand cannot even be used to make bricks! I don’t know what to do with this sand!” Jahaa piped up and said, “Can’t you understand a simple thing like this!” When his father asked him what it was, he replied, “You should dig some wells. Then you can dump your sand into those wells!”

Once, Jahaa bought some flour and hired a porter to transport it for him. However, the porter stole his flour and disappeared. A few days later, Jahaa spotted the porter, but then concealed himself and hid from him! When Jahaa was asked as to why he was hiding from the porter, he replied, “I fear that he will ask me to pay him the transport fee!”

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The “Well” Informed Witness​


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:34

A man was once brought before the qaadhi (judge) where an accusation was made against him. To substantiate the claim, the plaintiff (person laying the charge) produced a witness.

On seeing the witness, the defendant (accused) immediately objected saying, “O qaadhi! You cannot accept the testimony of this man!” When the judge enquired the reason, he said, “Despite having twenty thousand dirhams, he has not fulfilled the obligation of hajj. Hence, he is not a person whose testimony can be relied upon.”

The witness immediately responded, “You are lying! I have indeed performed hajj!” The defendant turned to the qaadhi and suggested, “To determine whether he really has performed hajj or not, ask him to describe the well of zam-zam.”

Faced with this question, the witness hastily replied, “I went for hajj a long time ago, before they dug the well of zam-zam!”

(Akhbaarul Hamqaa wal Mughaffaleen pg. 154)


Overstaying Our Welcome​


Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2019 09:13

Visiting the sick is an act that is greatly rewarding. However, it is vitally important that we show consideration to the one who is sick as well as the other members of his household. In this regard, we should visit at their ease (a time that is suitable for them), should inform them of our visit beforehand and should keep our visit short and sweet.

Once, a person went to visit someone who was sick. However, the visitor did not show any consideration and overstayed his welcome, becoming a means of discomfort for the sick person who was very tired and wished to rest. The sick person thus said to him, “So many visitors are entering my room that they are causing me discomfort and inconvenience.”

Sadly, the visitor failed to realise that the sick person was actually indirectly asking him to leave so that he may rest. Hence, he ignorantly suggested to the sick person, “Why don’t I close the door?” The sick person responded, “Yes! Please do so – but ensure that you close it from the outside!”

(Mirqaat vol. 4, pg. 60)


Blind to their Blindness​


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 December 2018 15:52

One of the greatest tragedies of today is that of people who lack the correct understanding and knowledge of Deen, yet feel that they are qualified to hold their own opinion and want people to refer to them. Sadly, this ignorance is generally ‘incurable’, as the ignorant person refuses to acknowledge his ignorance so that he can take the steps to remedy it. Below is an incident which although humorous and an extreme example, it nevertheless aptly describes the plight of such people:

A man once passed by a group of people who were beating a certain person. Seeing an old man among them, he asked him, “What crime did this man commit that you are beating him in this manner?” The old man replied, “This man reviled and spoke ill of the sleepers of the cave!”

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A Match Made in Heaven!


Last Updated on Monday, 01 January 2018 20:09

‘Imraan bin Hattaan was a person who was extremely short and unattractive. On the contrary, his wife was very beautiful and attractive.

Once ‘Imraan went home and found that his wife had adorned herself, increasing her beauty. Due to her beauty, his eyes were ‘glued’ to her and he couldn’t tear his gaze away from her. When she noticed the unusual manner in which he was staring at her, she asked him what the matter was. He exclaimed, “By Allah! You are beautiful!” His wife replied, “Glad tidings! We will both enter Jannah.”

‘Imraan was confused and asked her, “How do you know this?” She explained, “Allah Ta‘ala gave you a beautiful woman as a wife and you express shukr (gratitude and thankfulness) for this. Allah Ta‘ala has tested me with an extremely unattractive husband and I exercise sabr (patience) over this. The one who expresses shukr and the one who exercises sabr will both enter Jannah!” (Akhbaarul Azkiyaa pg. 192)


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