Story No. 46: (Episode)
Hazrat Ahmed bin Abi Alhalwari R.A. says: “Once I accompanied Hazrat Abu sulayman Darani R.A. on the way to Mecca. It so happened that my water skin bag fell and was lost. I told Abu Sulayman who prayed thus:
“O Thou who returns the lost goats, return ours too!”
It was not long after this that a man called out: “Whose water skin bag is this?” and when I investigated, I found that it was ours. Hazrat Abu Sulayman R.A. turned to me and said: “O Ahmed, did you think Allah would leave us in this desert without water?”
We had not gone very far when it suddenly started getting very cold. We put on our coats. We saw a man dressed in two very old coverings, yet he was sweating. Hazrat Abu Sulayman R.A said to him: “Shall we give you some of our winter clothing to protect you from the cold?” he replied: “Heat and cold are both created by Allah. If He so wishes, they will affect me and if he so desires they shall pass me by. For thirty years I have been roaming in this desert. Neither did I ever tremble from cold, nor did I ever sweat from heat. He covers me with the warmth of His love during winter and in summer He covers me with the coolness of His love. O Darani, is it that you forsake the path of abstinence and depend on clothes (in heat and cold); that the cold now hampers you. Do you cry and wait when heat overtakes you and look for comfort in fans?”
hazrat Abu Sulayman R.A. said: “Nobody else ever made me aware of my shortcomings spiritually as this man did.”
Story No. 47: (Episode)
A saintly person says while performing tawaaf, I was a middle-aged man who became weak due to much ibaadat. He used a walking stick to assist him along during the tawaaf. I inquired from him where he was from. He said: “Khurasaan” he then asked me: “How long does it take you from your town to this place?”
I replied: “Two to three months.”
He said: “then too you do not perform Haj annually.”
I asked: “How many days did it take you to come from your city?”
He said: “Five years.”
I remarked: “By Allah! This is indeed Allah’s blessing and a proof of your sincere love for Him.”
He smiled then read this poem:
“The Beloved one must be visited
Though great distance may separate; All hardship and trials should not
Become obstacles in the path of Your home;
This is the reason why the lover
Very often visits the Beloved. (Rowdh)
Story No. 48: (Episode)
A saintly man says: “On the road to Mecca I saw a young man walking along in such a manner as if he experienced extreme pleasure. I asked: “Why do I see you walking in such ecstasy?” he replied: “this is the walk of those young men who are the servants of the most Beneficent Allah.”
Then he read this poem:
For Your sake with pride and pleasure I walked; but when Your remembrance is made from fear I melt.
If I had the right to die of my own will, then it would be from yearning for You and in honoring Your rank, most high.
Then I inquired: “You are walking in this desert. Where is your camel and your provision?”
He looked at me closely and then said: “think, dear brother and consider: if a poor and weak slave go to the door of a wealthy master to visit him, and with him he takes his food and drink, will the master command that such a slave be thrown out?
Seeing that my Lord has invited me to His House I depend upon Him to see to my needs.” Saying this the young man disappeared. (Rowdh)
Story No. 49: (Episode)
Another saintly man says: “I was once resident in Mecca. There I saw a faqir performing tawaaf. Later he took a note from his pocket and read it. On the second day he did the same and so also on the third day. Then on another day he again read the note and having gone but a short distance, he fell down dead. I took the paper from his pocket and on it I found these Qur’aanic words written:
“Now await in patience the command of Your Lord; for verily you are in Our eyes.”
(Originally this verse is addressed to Rasulullah Sal’am in which Allah says: “You wait for these infidel enemies to be punished. But have patience till the coming of Allah’s punishment. Do not worry about their chastisement of you and your companions because you are in My care.’ In any case although the verse was originally meant as consolation for Rasulullah Sal’am, the general meaning is much wider).
Story No. 50: (Episode)
A group of people one-day visited Hazrat Bish’r Haafi R.A. He asked them: “who are you people?
They replied: “We are from Syria, and are on our way to perform Haj. We have stopped here to greet you.”
He said: “May Allah reward you well.”
They said: “It is our earnest wish that you accompany us so that we may be blessed b y your esteemed presence in our midst.”
Bish’r begged to be excused from going with them. When they were persistent in their request he at last said: “I shall come with you on three conditions. Firstly, we shall not take any provisions for the road. Secondly; we shall not beg from anyone on the road, and thirdly; if on the road anyone presents us with anything, we shall not accept.”
They replied: “We are prepared to accept the first two conditions that we carry no provisions and refrain from asking begging, but we do not see ourselves having the power to refuse anything if people give us.
Bish’r said: “In that case it will mean that you will travel depending on the provisions of others not on Allah. If this third condition is not acceptable; I cannot come with you. Leave me as I am. You may depart.”
Then he said: “The best of indigent ones are of three kinds. Firstly, those who beg not; and if they are granted without begging they refuse to accept. Those who beg not; but when granted, they accept. For such ones a table is laid in Allah’s presence. Thirdly; who are in need, and beg of others and take only as much as they need. Their truthfulness wipes away their fault (Rowdh)