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The ‘Converted’ Camel

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Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2022 15:43

In the fourth year after hijrah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) set out on the campaign of Zaatur Riqaa’. Sayyiduna Jaabir bin ‘Abdillah (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) also accompanied Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) on this expedition. When returning to Madeenah Munawwarah, the other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) moved ahead whilst Sayyiduna Jaabir’s (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) camel lagged behind due to weakness and fatigue.

(This became so unbearable that) at one stage Sayyiduna Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thought that it would be better for him to abandon his camel (and walk on foot). Whilst these thoughts were running through his mind, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) approached him and said: “O Jaabir! What is wrong?” Sayyiduna Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “O Nabi of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), this camel of mine has held me back.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed him to make the camel sit. Then Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) dismounted his camel and said, “Give me the stick that you have in your hand!” He then sprinkled some water on the camel, prodded it a few times with the stick and made du’aa. Thereafter, he instructed Sayyiduna Jaabir (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to remount the camel and continue riding.

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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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