a group of Muslims were on their travels propagating Islam in
Edinburgh. The Imam was leading the prayer [in a public place]. After
completing it, he was met by a few girls. One of the girls asked, "Do
you know English?"
young man [who was leading the prayer] said, "I do."
said, "What is this that you have done?"
young man replied, "We have performed worship."
girl said, "But today isn’t Sunday."
young man said, "We do this five times a day."
lady expressed, "That’s a lot."
young man explained that if the blessings of Allah Ta'ala are kept in view,
this is very little. And this is that action which brings about the spring
of tranquility. This isn’t hardship, this is felicity.
the girl extended her hand to bid farewell and the young man said,
"Forgive me for my hand cannot touch you."
said, "This is my wife’s trust".
girl collapsed to the ground. With tears in her eyes, she said, "How
blessed is that wife who has such a husband. O that the men in Europe
would be like this!"
A GROUP OF STUDENTS once set out with their
teacher to attend a Janazah Salaah. As they proceeded, they passed by some dogs
that were playing together. The teacher drew the students’ attention to the
dogs and said: “Observe how happily these dogs are playing together.”
After the Janazah, they again passed by the
same dogs. This time, the dogs were standing around a carcass and were barking
at each other. They began to bite off and snatch morsels of meat from the
carcass. Soon, they were growling, snarling and fighting with each other over
By way of lesson and caution, the teacher then
said to his students: “My students, you have seen these animals. Take lesson. You
too will remain the best of friends so long as worldly riches do not come
between you. When the world comes between you, you will then become hostile with
each other, oppose each other, and fight like dogs over a carcass!”
Shibli (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) was once harassed and persecuted by the people.
lot of grief in his heart, he left the locality and after walking for some
time, sat down in an orchard, at a date palm, and leaned against its trunk.
Ta’ala is All-Seeing and All-Knowing. Allah Ta’ala was aware of the feeling of
isolation, and the sadness and hurt in the heart of Sheikh Shibli (Rahmatullah
‘alayh). Allah Ta’ala offered His friend some comfort and consolation. In the
form of a Karamat (miracle), Allah Ta’ala gave the palm tree the ability to
palm said: “O Shibli! Become like me!”
Shibli (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) asked: “And
what is your description?”
palm responded: “They throw stones at me and I throw fruit at them!”
patient. If the people throw criticism, ridicule, and they cause hurt and pain
in the heart, we should throw the fruits of Akhlaaq and good morals. Allah
Ta’ala will change the hearts; if not, we will receive rewards in abundance in