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1 Lives of the Salaaf on Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:17 pm


A Man from Egypt (Ibn al Jawzee, The Lives of the Salaf)

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One of the wise men of the past said:

“I passed by a village in Egypt seeking to engage in Ribat (guarding the Muslim
frontier against the disbelievers) , when suddenly I passed by a man in sitting
in the dark. He was missing his eyes, as well as his hands and legs. He was
suffering all types of difficulty, while saying: “Praise be to You, Allah – a
praising that combines the praises of all of Your Creation – for what You have
blessed me with, and preferred me greatly over many of those whom You have

So, I said to him: “For what blessing are you praising Allah? For what
preference are you thanking Him for? By Allah, I do not see any type of
difficulty except that you are experiencing it!”

So, he said: “Do you not see what has happened to me? By Allah, if He were to
cause the heavens to rain fire down upon me, and I were to be burned up because
of it, and He were to command the mountains to crush me, and He were to command
the oceans to drown me, I would not increase except in praising and thanks to
Him, and I request something of you: I have a daughter who used to serve me and
break my fast with me. Can you see if you can find her?”

I said to myself: “By Allah, I hope that in fulfilling the request of this pious
servant, I will gain nearness to Allah – the Mighty and Majestic.” So, I went
out looking for her in the desert to discover that she had been eaten by wild
beasts. I said to myself: “To Allah we belong and to Him we return! How will I
tell this pious servant that his daughter had died?” So, I went to him and asked
him: “Are you better in the Sight of Allah than Prophet Ayyub? Allah put him to
trial with his wealth and his children and family.”

He replied: “No, rather, Ayyub is better!”

I said: “Well, the daughter that you had asked me to find, I found that she has
been eaten by wild beasts.”

He said: “Praise be to Allah who has taken me out of this World without putting
in my heart any love for it.” Then he collapsed and died.

I said: “To Allah we belong and to Him we return! Who will help me to wash his
body and bury it?” Suddenly, a group of horsemen engaging in Ribat passed by, so
I motioned for them to stop. They came over, so I informed them of what had
happend, so we washed the man’s body, shrouded it and buried it in this village,
and the group of men then went on their way.

I spent the night in the village unable to leave this man. When a third of the
night had passed, I began dreaming that I was with him in a green garden. He was
wearing two beautiful green garments, and he was standing up and reciting the
Qur’an. I said to him: “Are you not my companion from yesterday?”

He said: “Yes, I am.”

I said: “How did you reach your current state (of health and happiness)?”

He replied: “I have reached a level that none of the patient reach, except those
who are patient during times of calamity and thankful during times of ease.”"

[‘Sifat as-Safwah’; 2/452]

2 Re: Lives of the Salaaf on Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:08 am


Subhanallah!!! I read this story in another post, so inspiring mashallah. Jazakallah khair for the post smooches!

“ O ye who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is Men and Stones”. 66:6

3 Re: Lives of the Salaaf on Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:23 am

UmmAbdillah Charles

Admin wrote:Subhanallah!!! I read this story in another post, so inspiring mashallah. Jazakallah khair for the post smooches!

na'am definitely inspiring subhan allah.. jazaakiAllahu khyra ameen

Imam al-Ajuree(rahimahullah) said,"Worship is not possible without knowledge and seeking knowledge is compulsory and ignorance is not a good state for a believer to be in, so he seeks knowledge to remove ignorance from himself...."

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