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    plz share the stories of pious people in this thread
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    When Zainul ‘Aabideen (rahimahullah) passed away, the people carrying out his ghusal saw that he had scars all over his back. They enquired as to what was the reason for that. They were told that he used to fill bags of flour, load it on his back at night, and personally hand it out to the poor residents of Madeenah Munawwarah.

    (Hilyatul Awliyaa vol. 3, pg. 160)
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    Once, a person saw Zubaidah, the wife of Haroon Ar-Rasheed in a dream sitting on a beautifully decorated throne. He asked her, “How did you achieve such a high rank?” She replied, “Once while I was seated with my friends and associates, relaxing and chatting away, I suddenly heard the muazzin call out the azaan. As soon as I heard the azaan, out of respect and honour for Allah Ta‘ala, I told the ladies around me to be quiet until the azaan is called out. It was due to this act that Allah Ta‘ala blessed me with such a lofty rank.” (Al-Ishaaraat fi ‘Ilmil ‘Ibaraat – Salafe Saaliheen ke Imaan afroz Waaqi‘aat pg. 61)
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    Hazrath Abdullah bin Umar radiyallahu unhu narrates that I heard the following incident from Rasullullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam, not only once or twice, rather more than seven times:

    “Amongst the Bani Israeel there was a person by the name of Kifl, who was constantly involved in sin. A woman once approached him and he offered her 60 dinars (gold coins) to allow him to commit adultery with her. She acceded to his request but as he was to about to approach her she broke out into tears and began shivering. He asked: “Why are you crying? Did I coerce you into this?” She replied: “No! There was absolutely no coercion but this is such a crime that I haven’t ever come close to it in my entire life.” Currently I am going through financial constraints due to which I accepted your request.” On hearing this he moved away immediately and then told her: “You can leave and take those 60 dinars as well. From now onwards Kifl also will not commit any sin.”

    Coincidently he passed away that very night. The next morning this statement was divinely inscribed on his door:“Ghafarallahu Lil Kifl”- Allah has forgiven Kifl.

    (Musnad Ahmad, vol: 8, pg: 369)
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    Hazrat Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wasallam once said: “There were two men in the Bani Israeel who were close friends. One of them was a habitual sinner whilst the other exerted himself in acts of worship. The one exerting himself in worship would often see his friend involved in sin and would instruct him: “Refrain from sin”

    One day he found him engaged in some sin and thus again instructed him: “Refrain from sin!” so the sinner replied: “Leave me to my Allah. Have you been appointed as a watchman over me?”

    On this the worshipper said: “I swear by Allah, Allah will never forgive you and will never admit you into Jannat.”

    Then both passed away and were presented in front of the Lord of the worlds. Allah said to the one who strived hard in worship: “Did you have any knowledge regarding me or do you have any control over what lies in my hands?” Allah then said to the sinner: “Go, enter into Jannat because of my mercy.”
    Regarding the worshipper Allah commanded: “Take him into Jahannam.”

    Hazrat Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu, commenting on this hadith says: “That worshipper uttered such a statement which destroyed both his dunya as well as his aakhirat.”


    Abu Dawood, pg.329, vol.2
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    It was the habit of Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) to always invite someone over when partaking of meals. On one occasion he set out looking for someone to join him for meals. When he could not find anyone, he returned to his house. As he entered, he saw someone standing in his home. He exclaimed: “O servant of Allah, with whose permission have you entered my house?” The stranger replied: “The real owner of this house has granted me permission.” Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) then asked him: “Who are you?” He replied: “I am the angel of death. Allah Ta‘ala has sent me to give glad tidings to a special servant of His, who He has selected to be His Khaleel (close and bosom friend).” Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) said: “Please, do let me know who this saint is. I swear by Allah, no matter which ever part of the world he resides in, I would definitely go there and meet him. Then, I would spend my entire life at his feet (serving him).” The angel of death responded: “You are that fortunate person.” Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) asked: “Is it really me?” The angel of death replied in the affirmative. Thereafter Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) inquired from him the reason for Allah Ta‘ala selecting him as His Khaleel? The angel of death replied: “Because you always keep giving others, but never ask anything from anyone.”

    (Tafseer Ibni Katheer, vol. 1, pg. 560)
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    On one occasion a lady made a claim of five hundred gold coins against her husband in the court of Qaadhi Moosa bin Ishaaq, which the husband denied. The lawyer of the wife proved the claim by producing witnesses. However one of the witnesses insisted that he has to see her face (which was veiled) in order to give witness in her favour. Therefore he stood up to see her face and she stood up as well.

    Witnessing this, the husband’s self honour and dignity drove him to exclaim: “Why should a strange man’s eyes be allowed to gaze at my wife? I personally confess in the presence of the judge that I do owe my wife five hundred gold coins as her mahr,but I will never allow my wife to reveal her face to a strange man.” Hearing this self honour and dignity of her husband, the wife replied that I make those present as witness that I have gifted the entire amount to my husband.
    The judge Moosa bin Ishaaq exclaimed that this should be included among the incidents of exemplary character.

    (Shu‘abul Imaan #10313)
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    Hazrat Maroof Khakhi (Rahmatullahi Alayh) was extremely remorseful for being unable to attend the janazah salaah of Imam Yusuf (Rahmatullahi Alayh). On being asked the reason for this he replied: “Last night I saw a dream. It was as though I entered Jannat wherein I caught sight of a huge palace. I asked: “Who does this masterpiece belong to?” I was told: “This is exclusively reserved for the illustrious Imaam Abu Yusuf (Rahmatullahi Alayh).” I responded: “Subhanallah, in lieu of what deed has he become entitled to such a magnificent reward?” I received the following reply: “It is due to teaching the people and patiently enduring the difficulties they imposed on him.”
    (Aslaaf Ki Taalibe Ilmana Zindagee.Pg. 27)
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    Imaam Muzani (rahimahullah) reports:

    On one occasion, we were present by Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) when an old man wearing woolen clothing appeared. The old man then asked Imaam Shaafi‘ee, “May I ask a question?” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) gave him permission. He then asked, “What are the Shar’ee proofs in the Deen of Allah Ta‘ala?” Imaam Shaafi’ee (rahimahullah) replied, “The Kitaab of Allah Ta‘ala.” He then asked, “And what else?” Imaam Shaafi’ee (rahimahullah) replied, “The Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He then asked, “And what else?” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) replied, “The consensus of the Ummah.” He then asked, “What is your proof for this?” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) thought for a while. The old man then said, “I give you respite for three days, either you bring me proof from the Qur’aan, or seek forgiveness and repent to Allah Ta‘ala.”
    The facial complexion of Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) changed.

    He then went and did not come out until the third day between Zuhr and Asr, in the condition that he was extremely sick. He hardly sat down when the old man came, greeted him and sat beside him. He then asked for his proof. Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) said, “Yes”, and he began reciting the verses:
    وَ مَنۡ یُّشَاقِقِ الرَّسُوۡلَ مِنۡۢ بَعۡدِ مَا تَبَیَّنَ لَہُ الۡہُدٰی وَ یَتَّبِعۡ غَیۡرَ سَبِیۡلِ الۡمُؤۡمِنِیۡنَ نُوَلِّہٖ مَا تَوَلّٰی وَ نُصۡلِہٖ جَہَنَّمَ ؕ وَ سَآءَتۡ مَصِیۡرًا ﴿۱۱۵﴾٪
    And whoever opposes the Messenger after guidance has become clear to him and follows a path other than the path of the believers, we shall (forsake him) and let him continue on his path, and thereafter We shall drive him towards Hell, and evil it is as an abode.

    The man said, “You have spoken the truth.” The man then left. Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) said to those seated around him, “I recited the entire Qur’aan thrice daily for three days, until the proof finally dawned upon me.”


    Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 8/414
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    Imaam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) narrates:

    When Hazrat Yazid bin Abi Sufyaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was governor over Shaam, the people engaged in Jihaad and acquired booty and were victorious. Among the spoils of war was a beautiful slave girl who fell into the share of one of the Muslims. Shortly after, Hazrat Yazid bin Abi Sufyaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the commander of the army, had taken this slave girl for himself from the soldier in whose share she had fallen. Hazrat Abu Zar Ghifaari (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was in Shaam at that time and this soldier went to him and sought his assistance in recovering his slave girl from Hazrat Yazid bin Abi Sufyaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thus went to Hazrat Yazid bin Abi Sufyaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) with the man and thrice instructed Hazrat Yazid bin Abi Sufyaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to return the slave girl to him. Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) thereafter said, “Alas! By Allah! If you take the slave girl from this soldier unjustly then know that I have heard Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) saying, ‘The first person to change my blessed Sunnah will be a man from Banu Umayyah.’” Saying this, Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) turned and began to walk away. Hazrat Yazid bin Abi Sufyaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) quickly followed him and asked, “I beg you in the name of Allah! Tell me, do you think that I will be the person who is referred to in this hadith?” Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “No.” after which Hazrat Yazid bin Abi Sufyaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) returned the slave girl to the man.

    After narrating the above incident, Imaam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) mentioned, “Hazrat Yazid bin Abi Sufyaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), the Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), was the leader of the armies of Shaam in the era of Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and Hazrat ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) referred to a person from Banu Umayyah changing his blessed Sunnah, Hazrat Yazid bin Abi Sufyaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) is not intended (as he was a Sahaabi of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and led an upright life conforming to the Sunnah).

    However, Imaam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) further explains that there was another person from the Banu Umayyah who shared the same name. He was Yazid bin Mu‘aawiyah, the son of Hazrat Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) and it seems that he was the one referred to in the Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Yazid, the son of Hazrat Mu‘aawiyah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), was responsible for the great damage which befell Islam during the rule of the Banu Umayyah.

    (Dalaa’il-un-Nubuwwah 6/410)

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    Hazrat Abdullah Bin Abbas (Radiyallahu anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “On the night of Miraj in which I was taken to the Heavens, I perceived a very pleasant fragrance. I enquired from Jibreel (AS) about the source of the fragrance. He informed me that it was the fragrance of the beautician of firown's daughter and her (the beautician) children. I asked him to tell me more about it.

    He explained: One day she was engaged in her routine task of beautifying firowns daughter, when suddenly the comb slipped from her hand. Immediately she recited “Bismillah” and picked it up. Firowns daughter asked her whether she was referring to her father when taking the name of Allah? She repled: “No! Rather my lord as well as the lord of your father is Allah!” the girl said: “I shall report this matter to my father.” The woman replied: “Yes, by all means.”

    So she informed her father firown who immediately summoned the beautician and asked: “Do you have any other Lord besides me?” She answered: “Yes! My lord as well as your Lord is Allah!” At this firown ordered that a huge brass container be kindled over a blazing fire and that this beautician as well as her children be thrown into it. Before they could do this, she interjected: “I have something to say.” He said: “What is it?” She replied: “After we have burnt down, I request that you gather our bones into a cloth and bury them into the earth.” He agreed to do that.

    Firown then commanded that her children be thrown in first. Hence they were cast in one by one, before her very eyes. Eventually it was the turn of her last child, a new-born baby. At this it appeared that the mother became a little hesitant. Suddenly that little child spoke out: “O’ my beloved mother! Jump into the fire, for indeed the punishment of this world is much lighter than the punishment of the hereafter.” On hearing this she plunged herself into the fire.

    (Musnad-e-Ahmad, vol: 5, pg: 30)
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    On one occassion Ibn Simaak (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) paid a visit to the king of the time. It so happened that when the sheikh (ibn Simaak (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)) greeted him, the king was holding a tumbler of water in his hand.

    The king said to the sheikh: “Give me a word of advice.”

    The sheikh said: “Suppose this tumbler of water could only be obtained at the cost of your entire kingdom and you had to choose between dying of thirst and giving your kingdom away, which one would you prefer?”

    The king replied: “I would naturally prefer a tumbler of water and part with my entire kingdom.”

    The sheikh then said: “Then I do not understand why anyone should take joy in a kingdom which is worth only a tumbler of water!” (Fazaail Sadaqaat pg.552)
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    Hazrat Qari Siddeeq Ahmad Baandwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to say that the people of his hometown, Hatora had benefited tremendously from Hazrat Qaari ‘Abdur Rahmaan Paani Patti Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih). People used to sit and benefit from his lectures. It was through his barakah that people began turning towards Deen. Even little children had the desire to worship Allah Ta‘ala.

    Most of the people of the village were punctual on salaah. There was hardly a person who would miss out his salaah. The musjid would be filled with musallis. In Ramadhaan, the musjid would always remain filled with people who were engaged in zikr and tilaawah. At home the women would recite many paras of the Quraan Majeed daily. I had also seen this wonderful environment and it is through the barakah of this environment that Alhamdulillah, this enthusiasm was revived within us.

    In those days the masaajid used to be occupied by the youth and children as well. They would compete with one another to come first to the musjid and recite the Quraan Majeed. Children will always be children and their actions will be childish. Thus they formed two groups and began competing with one another in coming first and calling out the azaan. Many a times they would take turns to sleep in the musjid. One of my friends was so enthusiastic that he began calling out the azaan before its time. People began rebuking him.

    When Qari Siddeeq Saheb (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) used to explain this incident he would have a broad smile on his face and would say, “How wonderful was the environment in those days. What Deeni enthusiasm existed in the youth. No one even knew what was fighting and quarrelling. If they had to compete with one another then it was in ‘ibaadah and tilaawah. What a wonderful time that was. How sad it is that all of this is slowly coming to an end.”

    ( Hayaat-e-Siddeeq, pg. 36)
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    Ja’far As-Saa-igh (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

    Among the neighbours of Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) was a man who was involved in many sins, evils and shameless deeds. One day, this man came to the gathering of Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah) and greeted him with salaam. However, although Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) replied to his salaam, he did not show him attention and receive him with warmth. Rather, he seemed uncomfortable in the presence of this man (as this man was well known to have evil ways and sinful habits).

    The man immediately perceived the discomfort of Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) and thus said, “O Abu ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah)! Why are you uncomfortable in my presence? On account of a dream that I saw, I have completely changed and I am no longer the person that you knew me to be.” Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) asked, “What dream did you see?”

    The man replied, “I saw Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in my dream. It seemed as though he was on an elevated area while many people were seated below him. One by one, the people stood and asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to make du‘aa for them. As they stood and made their request, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made du‘aa for them, until only I remained. I also wanted to stand and ask Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to make du‘aa for me, but I felt embarrassed and ashamed to do so on account of my evil actions and ways.

    Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then addressed me and asked, “O so-and-so! Why do you not stand and ask me to make du‘aa for you?” I replied, “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! It is my shame and embarrassment of my evil deeds that prevents me from doing so.” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) responded, “If it is shame and embarrassment that prevents you, then stand and ask me for du‘aa. I will still make du‘aa for you, as you do not speak ill of my Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).” I thus stood and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) made du‘aa for me. When I thereafter awoke, I found that Allah Ta‘ala had instilled within me complete hatred and disgust for all the sins that I was involved in.”

    When Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) heard this incident, he addressed us saying, “O Ja’far! O so-and-so! Tell people of this incident and do not forget it, as it is beneficial and inspiring.”

    (Kitaabut Tawwaabeen - Ibnu Qudaamah pg. 275)

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    One day the son of the vizier (Khalifa’s adviser) Muhallib, passed by Maalik bin Dinar (rahimahullah). The vizier’s son was walking haughtily with a proud, affected gait. So Malik bin Dinar advised: “Oh son! How good it would be if you gave up arrogance!” The vizier’s son said: “Don’t you recognize me?” Malik bin Dinar replied: “Why not! I know you very well. Your beginning was an impure drop and your end is a stinking corpse and your intermediate condition is that you walk around with filth inside you.” On hearing this, the boy lowered his head and repented.

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    ‘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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    When Abdullah bin Masood (radi Allahu anhu) was on his deathbed, Uthman bin Affan (radi Allahu anhu), who was the Khalifa at that time, came to visit him and enquire about his health.

    He asked, “What is ailing you?”

    Abdullah bin Masood (radi Allahu anhu) replied, “My sins.”

    Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) asked, “Is there anything you wish for?”

    Abdullah bin Masood (radi Allahu anhu) replied, “The mercy of my Lord.”

    Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) persisted, “Should I send a doctor for you?”

    Abdullah bin Masood (radi Allahu anhu) replied, “It is the doctor (Allah) Who has made me sick.”

    Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) asked, “Then should I send some money for your expenses.”

    Abdullah bin Masood (radi Allahu anhu) said, “No, I don’t need it.”

    Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) suggested, “This money will be of use to your daughters after you are gone.”

    Abdullah bin Masood (radi Allahu anhu) said, “Do you fear poverty and starvation for my daughters? I have already taught them to recite Surah Waqiah every night because I heard the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) say, ‘Whoever recites Surah Waqiah every night will never be afflicted with starvation.’” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer]

    May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) give us the belief (Eeman) and sufficiency (Qana’at) of the Sahabah. Indeed, they are our role models as their behaviour was the best behaviour of any generation and Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) promised them His Pleasure and reward.
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    Hadhrat Qaari Siddeeq Baandwi rahmatullahi alaih mentioned an incident that had taken place in his days of khidmah of his shaikh Hadhrat Moulana As`adullah Sahib rahmatullahi alaih. He says, “I used to help Hadhrat Naazim Sahib rahmatullahi alaih to make wudhu. Hadhrat was very particular about performing every Salaah with jamaat. Throughout my student days I did not see Hadhrat ever missing out one Salaah with takbeer-e-ula. He always went to the Musjid immediately after the azaan was given. After Maghrib Salaah he would remain standing in Awwaabeen Salaah for long periods. I would sit behind him. Sometimes, he would ask for water to drink in between but would only have one sip. I imagined that he was just checking to see if I was there or not.”

    Once, a meeting was held with the shurah members of the Madrasah. Hadhrat rahmatullahi alaih was also a member of the shurah. During the meeting, the azaan was called out and the time for jamaat commenced. Hadhrat could not leave the meeting immediately for some reason. The meeting terminated exactly at the time of the Salaah. Hadhrat’s office was some distance away from the Musjid. Hence, I became very perplexed and did not know what to do. I filled the water jug and waited for Hadhrat. The jamaat had already commenced when I saw Hadhrat walking very fast towards me. Immediately I began pouring water for him to make wudhu. The Salaah was almost over when Hadhrat asked me, ‘Is there any Musjid where we can perform our Salaah with takbeer-e-ula?’ Someone mentioned that perhaps we may get the takbeer-e-ula at a Musjid near the Madrasah. We immediately set off for that Musjid but found that, unfortunately, the Salaah there was completed as well. Hadhrat was extremely grieved. Another person told him that perhaps there was hope of getting the jamaat in another Musjid. We immediately rushed off to that Musjid but unfortunately, here too, the Salaah was over. Hadhrat was even more grieved. Eventually, someone told him that in a certain orchard there is a Musjid where Salaah is performed very late. Very few people gather there for Salaah.

    Hadhrat heard this and it was as though a new life had come into him. That orchard was approximately 200 meters away. On that day we witnessed how fast Hadhrat could walk. He walked so swiftly that I had to literally run behind him to keep up. As we approached the orchard, we saw some people standing up. From a distance he indicated to them to wait a while. When Hadhrat reached the Musjid, the people told him that they were waiting for a servant of Allah to arrive and lead the Salaah. Hadhrat performed his Salaah with jamaat, with the takbeer-e-ula and returned to the Madrasah.

    (Hayaat-e-Siddeeq – English, p. 102)

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    The Emperor of the Romans once sent a large amount of wealth to the Khalifah of the Muslims. Before dispatching his representative with the wealth, the Emperor commanded him to pose three questions to the ‘Ulamaa’ of the Muslims. The Roman representative, as instructed, posed the three questions to the ‘Ulamaa’ but they were unable to give him satisfactory answers.

    Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was, at that time, still a young boy and he happened to be present with his father. When he saw that the ‘Ulamaa’ were unable to adequately answer the three questions, he approached the Khalifah and asked him for permission to respond to the challenge of the Romans. The Khalifah granted him permission and he turned to the Roman representative who was seated at a raised pulpit and asked, “Will you be posing the questions?” When the representative replied in the affirmative, Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said, “In that case, you should descend to the floor so that I can be seated at the pulpit.” The representative complied and climbed down, allowing the young Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) to ascend.

    The Roman representative then put forth his first question, “What was in existence before Allah?” Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) replied by likewise asking a question, “Do you know mathematics?” The representative replied, “Yes.” Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) continued, “What precedes the number ‘one’?” The representative replied, “One is the first number; there is nothing before it.” Imam Abu Hanifah then concluded his answer explaining, “If there is nothing before the figurative number one, how can there be anything before the actual One (Allah Ta‘ala)?”

    The representative then posed the second question. He asked, “In which direction is Allah facing?” Once again, Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) answered by posing a question of his own, “When you light a lamp, in which direction does the light shine?” The representative replied, “The light shines equally in all four directions.” Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) explained, “If a light that can be lit and extinguished is not restricted and limited by direction, how can the light of the Creator of the heavens and earth, which is eternal and overpowering, ever be restricted and limited by direction?”

    The representative then asked his third and final question, “What is Allah doing?” Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) answered, “He has brought down a disbeliever such as yourself from the pulpit and raised a believer such as myself from the ground.”

    Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) had correctly and efficiently answered all three questions and the Roman representative admitted defeat and departed.

    (Ashbaah wan Nazaa’ir page. 415)

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    Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was a Sahaabi who loved to give charity. Hence, he would even make a point of setting aside wealth to give in charity. His love for charity was such that he would never turn a beggar away empty handed, even if it meant giving the beggar an onion, date or something else that he could eat.

    One day, a beggar came to Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu). However, at that time, Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) had already given everything that he had set aside in charity, and all he possessed were three dinars (gold coins). Not wishing to turn the beggar away empty handed, he gave him one of the dinars. Not long thereafter, another beggar came, so he gave him a dinar as well. Finally, when a third beggar arrived, Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) gave him the third dinar, thus spending all the wealth that he possessed.

    When his slave girl, who was not a Muslim, saw that he had given all the wealth in charity, she became upset and exclaimed, “You did not leave anything for us!” However, Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was unaffected and calmly lay down to rest before the Zuhr Salaah.
    When the Zuhr azaan was called out, the slave girl woke Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) for the salaah. On awaking, he performed wudhu and proceeded to the musjid for the Zuhr Salaah. After he had departed, the slave girl lamented and felt pity for him as he was fasting. She thus took a loan and used the money to buy food for his supper and oil to light the lamp. Before his arrival, she went to prepare his bedding for the night. However, to her utter surprise, she found three hundred gold coins in the bedding! She thought to herself, “He only gave the three dinars in charity as he knew that he had left three hundred dinars in his bedding.”

    Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) eventually returned home after the ‘Esha Salaah. On entering the home, he saw the food laid out for him and the lamp burning, and thus began to smile in happiness saying, “This is goodness which has come to us from the side of Allah Ta‘ala.” After he had eaten, the slave girl said to him, “May Allah Ta‘ala have mercy on you! You had kept some money in reserve for difficulties, yet you did not inform me of it so that I could use it?” Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was surprised and asked, “What money? I did not keep any money in reserve.”

    The slave girls thus went to his bedding and opened it, showing him the dinars. When Abu Umaamah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) saw the dinars, he became happy, (as he realized that it had come from Allah Ta‘ala) and greatly amazed. On her part, the slave girl was so affected that she immediately accepted Islam.

    (Hilyatul Awliyaa vol. 10, pg. 134)

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