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Islamic Story
Islamic Story

Ibrahim and Namrud

Ibrahim and Namrud

Zaid ibn Aslam related that Namrud had with him great supplies of food, and people would go to him to seek provision from him.
Prophet Ibrahim (may the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) was one of those who went to him, and between him and Numrud there took place the famous debate that Allah (The Exalted) related in the Qur'an: "Have you not looked at the one who argued with Abraham about his Lord (Allah), because Allah had given him a kingdom? When Abraham said (to him), "My Lord is the one who gives life and causes death." He said, "I give life and cause death." Abraham said, "Indeed, Allah causes the sun to rise from the east; so cause it to rise from the west." So the disbeliever was utterly defeated. And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people." (Qur'an 2:258)

Three Men Trapped in a Cave

Three Men Trapped in a Cave

‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar reported that the Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

Three men of a people before you, were on a journey when they were overtaken by a storm and therefore they took shelter in a cave. A rock slipped down from the mountain and blocked the exit fromcave.

One of them said:
"The only way for deliverance left is to beseech Allah in the name of some virtuous deed."

Thereupon one of them supplicated,

The Bedouin and the Qur'an

The Bedouin and the Qur'an

One year, when Al-Asma‘ee was on his way to perform hajj, a Bedouin carrying a large sword and a long spear confronted him. It was quite obvious that he was a highway robber. He came near Al-Asma‘ee and instead of fleeing or attempting to escape, Al-Asma‘ee drew nearer to him. He extended greetings of peace to the robber. The latter responded and then asked, "Where are you from?"

Al-Asma‘ee replied, "I am a poor man on a journey,"

The robber asked, "Do you have anything with you?"

Al-Asma‘ee answered, "Yes, I have the Qur'an with me."

The robber asked, "And what is the Qur'an?"

Al-Asma‘ee said, "It is the speech of Allah the Almighty, the Glorified,"

The robber asked, "And does Allah have speech?"

Al-Asma‘ee replied, "Yes,"

The robber said, "Then let me hear some of His speech,"

Al-Asma‘ee recited the following verse: "And in the heaven is your provision, and that which you are promised." [Surah Adh-Dhaariyaat 51:22]

Couldn't Stop Him Self

Couldn't Stop Him Self
A Bedouin attended a banquet that was held by al-Ḥajjaaj. When the sweets were served, al-Ḥajjaaj let the Bedouin eat a bite and then announced, "Whoever eats this (sweets), I will cut his throat." Everyone who was present refrained from eating; the Bedouin, however, alternated between looking at the sweets and looking at al-Ḥajjaaj; this continued for a while, until he finally said,;Leader of the Believers, I kindly ask you to do well by my children.

Honouring The Leader Of The Believers

Honouring The Leader Of The Believers

‛Umar ibn al-Khaṭaab (may Allah be pleased with him), who sought little from this world and who very much disliked to see manifestations of richness or extravagance from his governors.

Intelligent Prisoner

Intelligent Prisoner

Ḥaarith ibn ‛Abbaad, one of the rulers of Al-Andalus (Muslim Spain), was looking to capture ‛Adi ibn Abi Rabi‛ah in order to exact revenge from him. His problem, and that of many of his guards, was that they didn't know what Ibn Abi Rabi‛ah looked like. A prisoner said to one of the guards, "Will you free me if I show you to him?" He (the guard) said, "Yes, I promise to do so." After an oath from him, he said, "I am ‛Adi ibn Abi Rabi‛ah." And, remembering his promise and oath, the guard felt compelled to free him

Disagreement Over Delicacies

Disagreement Over Delicacies

As a ruler and his wife were seated for dinner, they argued over which of two kinds of sweets was better and more delicious. On the same day, a famous judge came to meet the ruler, and he invited him immediately to join them in their meal. When the judge arrived, the ruler informed him about the difference of opinion between himself and his wife over the two kinds of sweets. He demanded of the judge to rule between them, and the judge playfully said, "I cannot rule over that which is absent!" so the servants hurried to present before him the two different kinds of sweets.

Running from The Ṣalaah

Running from The Ṣalaah

A Bedouin prayed behind an ’Imaam who was reciting the verse, "Did We not destroy the first ones?" [The Qur’an: Al-Mursalaat, 77:16] The Bedouin happened to be in the first row, and upon hearing that verse, he moved to a row that was further behind.

The ’Imaam then recited, "Then We will follow them with the later ones." [The Qur’an: Al-Mursalaat, 77:17] The Bedouin then moved to another row.

Next, the ’Imaam recited this verse, "Therefor do We deal with the Mujrimun (polytheists, disbelievers, sinners, criminals, etc.)!!" [The Qur’an: Al-Mursalaat, 77:18] The Bedouin, whose name happened to be Mujrim, ran away from the congregation, saying, "By Allah, I am his target." When some other Bedouins met him, they said, "What is the matter, O Mujrim?" He said, "Indeed, the ’Imaam destroyed the first ones and then the last ones, and he wanted to destroy me as well. By Allah, I do not want to see him after this day."

The Advice Of The Conqueror Of Constantinople

The Advice Of The Conqueror Of Constantinople

Rebellion Against Al-Ḥajjaaj

Rebellion Against Al-Ḥajjaaj

A group of Muslims once came to the great scholar among Taabi'ee (those who met the companions - may Allah be pleased with them all) al-Ḥasan al-Baṣree (may Allah have mercy on him) seeking a Fatwa (verdict) to rebel against al-Ḥajjaaj, who was a tyrannical and evil ruler of his time.

They asked al-Ḥasan (may Allah have mercy on him), "What do you say about fighting this oppressor who has unlawfully spilt blood and unlawfully taken wealth and did this and that?"

Al-Ḥasan (may Allah have mercy on him) replied, "I hold that he should not be fought. If this is a punishment from Allah, then you will not be able to remove it with your swords. If this is a trial from Allah, then be patient until Allah's judgment comes, and He is the best of judges."

The group of Muslims then disregarded the Fatwa (verdict) that al-Ḥasan (may Allah have mercy on him) gave them and went out and rebelled against al-Ḥajjaaj - al-Ḥajjaaj killed them all.

In The Best Interest Of The Orphans

In The Best Interest Of The Orphans

One of the Caliphs of al-Andalus, decided to build a castle for one of his wives in Qurtubah (Cordoba); however, the location on which he wanted to build the castle was neighbored by a small home that was inhabited by orphans under the patronage of the judge.

The Caliph asked to buy that small home. They said, "We will not sell it except by the permission of the judge."

The Slave Of ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul-Aziz (may Allah have mercy on him

The Slave Of ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul-Aziz (may Allah have mercy on him)

‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul-Aziz (may Allah have mercy on him) had a servant named Dirham, who would gather wood for him and take care of his sheep.

‘Umar (may Allah have mercy on him) one day asked him, "What do the people say, O Dirham?" He said, "And what should they say - all of them are in a good state of affairs, while you and I are in a bad state of affairs."

‘Umar (may Allah have mercy on him) asked, "And how is that?" He said, "I was with you before you became caliph, when your clothes were good, your mount was strong, and your food was wonderful. When you were appointed as ruler, I was hoping to relax and work less, but instead my work has become more difficult and you are always in a state of tribulation."

‘Umar (may Allah have mercy on him) said, "You are free. Go away from me and leave me in the state that I find myself to be in until Allah makes a way out from it for me."

Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her)

Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her)

The Mother of the Believers, Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her), was endowed with sound opinions and an intelligent mind, which were of great use on the day of Al-Ḥudaibiyah. When the Prophet (May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) completed the affair of the agreement at Al-Ḥudaibiyah, he said to his Companions (may Allah be pleased with them all), "Stand, slaughter (your sacrifice), and then shave your heads." Not a single person among them stood up, not even after the Prophet (May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) repeated his command three times.

The Understanding Of A Bedouin

The Understanding Of A Bedouin

During a battle in Constantinople (Istanbul), Al-Mughirah ibn ‛Abdur-Rahman ibn Ḥaarith ibn Hisham (may Allah have mercy on him) was injured in the eye.

Al-Mughirah (may Allah have mercy on him) was a man who was known for his generosity, especially when it came to feeding his guests. It is related that a Bedouin came to him once and continued to stare at him without eating anything that was proffered to him. Al-Mughirah (may Allah have mercy on him) said, "What is with you, Bedouin, that you do not eat as the people eat?" He said, "By Allah, I am indeed amazed at the abundance of food that you serve, but I have doubts about your eye." Al-Mughirah (may Allah have mercy on him) asked, "And what makes you have doubts about it?" He said, "I see that you are one-eyed and that you feed others. And I have heard one who was describing Dajjal in a sermon in the mosque (that he is one-eyed)."

The Poor Yemeni And Al-Ḥajjaaj

The Poor Yemeni And Al-Ḥajjaaj

Once Al-Ḥajjaaj ibn Yusuf went to Makkah to perform ‛Umrah. He took along several bodyguards to protect him. After circumambulating the Ka‛bah, he came to the Maqaam Ibraheem (Station of Abraham) to perform two-units of prayer. As he stood to pray, his guards lay their swords, spears, lances and daggers onto the ground.

Ṭaawoos ibn Kaesaan (may Allah have mercy on him), a learned scholar, narrates: "While I was sitting near Maqaam Ibraheem, I heard some noise and clamor. I turned to look in that direction and saw Al-Ḥajjaaj ibn Yusuf and his guards. A poor man from Yemen, while going around the Ka‛bah, had passed by the Maqaam Ibraheem, where Ḥajjaaj, who had finished his prayer, was sitting. The poor Yemeni did not know that Ḥajjaaj was sitting there. As he passed by, a spear had caught his dress and fell on Ḥajjaaj.

Ḥajjaj was terrified and ordered his guards to seize and bring the man to him.

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