Story No. 51: (Episode)
Hazrat Shaikh Abu Ja’far Had’daad R.A. the teacher of Hazrat Junaid Baghdaadi R.A. says: “I once stayed in Mecca in such a state that I could find no money with which to have my hair cut. At that time my hair had grown very long. I went to a barber; from his appearance, I took him to be a righteous man. I said to him: “For Allah’s sake; I ask you to cut my hair.” He replied: “Yes, I shall do it now.”
At that time he was busy cutting the hair of a seemingly unrighteous person. He stopped and first dressed my hair. Then he gave me a rolled up peace of paper. Wherein I found a few dir’hams. I accepted it and said to myself; that whenever any money came, I shall give it to the barber.
I went to the Haram, and there met a brother who said me; ‘I have bought a bag for you from your brother in Basra; kindly take it. There are three hundred sovereigns in it. He gives it to you for Allah’s sake.
I took that bag to the barber and said to him: “Here are three hundred sovereigns. Take it for yourself and spend it for your needs.”
He replied: ‘Dear Shaikh, are you not ashamed of yourself! In the first place you asked me to dress your hair for Allah’s sake, and you come and pay me for it; Go! I have forgiven you.”
Story No. 52: (Episode)
Hazrat Ibrahim bin Ad’ham R.A. said to a man during the tawaaf; ‘Remember dear brother, you shall never be counted among the righteous ones until you have crossed six bridges.
Firstly, that you close the door of favors on yourself and open the door of hardship for yourself. Secondly, that you refrain from love of honor and prefer humility. Thirdly, that you refrain from comfort and accept hardship. Fourthly, that you discard love of sleep and enforce on yourself love of remaining awake for ibaadah. Fifthly, that you discard riches and prefer poverty. Sixthly, that you disassociate yourself from hoping and prepare for death.” (Rowdh)
Story No. 53: (Episode)
Hazrat Muhammad bin Husain Baghdaadi R.A. relates: “While on Haj, once I was walking through one of the market places of Mecca. There I saw an old man holding a young girl by the hand. The girl was very thin but spiritual shone from her face. The old man shouted; “who is there that will buy this slave girl from me, on condition that I am not responsible for any of her fault. Who is there that will pay me twenty sovereigns for this girl.”
I went nearer and asked him what her faults were; to which he replied: ‘The girl is mad. She remains in sorrow and grief at all times. She fasts all day and performs salaah all night. She neither eats nor drinks and continuously remains in solitude.”
When I heard this I took a liking to the girl, and bought her; and took her home. She continued to cast her eyes to the ground, when finally she lifted her eyes up and asked me:
“My small Master, may Allah bless you, where are you from?”
I replied: “Iraq.”
She asked: “where in Iraq; Basra or Kufa?”
I said : “Neither of the two.”
She asked: “Are you then from Baghdad?”
I replied: “Yes.”
She said: “How fortunate! That is the town of the great saints.” This surprised me because what is such a girl supposed to know about the Ascetics and Saints; when she only moves from one room to another.
Then in jest I asked her:
“Which of the great saints do you know?”
She replied: “Hazrat ‘Maalik bin Dinar R.A, Hazrat Bish’r Haafi R.A, Hazrat Saalih Mar’ee R.A, Hazrat Abu Haatim Sajistaani R.A, Hazrat Ma’roof Karkhi R.A, Hazrat Muhammad bin Husain Baghdadi R.A, Hazrat Ra’biya Adawiya R.A., Hazrat Showana and Hazrat Maymoona R.A.”
I asked her: “How do you know about them all?”
She replied: “O young man, why should I not know them? By Allah these people are the doctors of hearts. They are the ones leading the lover to the beloved.”
Then she recited some lines:
“They are the ones whose thoughts are locked with
Allah; and no thoughts remain to attach to anyone else.
Their aim is but to please their Master, how great
An aim to communicate with Him. Neither worldly
Goods can shake them, nor, pleasure derived from
Food; neither lustful ecstasy; nor the love of off.
Neither wealth nor riches,
None can derive them from His love.”
I said: “Dear girl I am Muhammad bin Husain.”
She replied: “Praise to Allah; I have prayed to Him that He cause me to meet you, but where is the pleasant voice of yours with which you revive the hearts of followers?”
I replied: “It is still with me.”
She said: “By Allah, recite to me from the Holy Qur’aan.” As I recited Bismilla hir Rahmanir Raheem; she gave a loud cry and fell down unconscious. I splashed water over her and she was revived; and,
She said: “If on hearing His name, this happens to me; how will it be when I shall recognize and see Him on the day of Qiyaamah? Please continue the recitation.”
“Lo those who seek after evil ways, think that We shall hold them equal with those who believe and do righteous deed. That equal will be their life and their death? Ill is the judgement that they make.” (Surah Jaathiyah: 21)
When she heard this she said: “praise and thanks be to Allah I have never worshipped any idols, neither kissed them. Please read further.”
“For the wrongdoers We have prepared a fire; Whose-flaming-canopy shall enclose them; and if they cry for water, they shall be relieved with water like the dregs of oil, which will scald their faces; how dreadful the drink and how evil the resting place.” (Surah Kah’f:29)
Hearing this she said: “You have made your heart incline towards losing hope in mercy. Let it become directed midway between hope and fear. Recite some more, May Allah have mercy upon you.”
“Some faces, that day will be beaming; laughing rejoicing.” (Surah Abas: 38)
“Some faces, that day will beam (in beauty); looking towards their Lord.” (Surah Qiyaamah: 22, 23)
She exclaimed: “O how I long for that day when He shall shine in all His Glory before His friends. Recite some more. May Allah have mercy upon you.”
Then I recited a few verses of Surah Waqi’ah:
“Round about them will (serve) youths of perpetual freshness; with goblets, beakers, and cups filled with clear flowing drinks, their heads shall not ache (by drinking) neither shall their reason be disturbed; and with the fruits from that which they choose; and the flesh of birds of the kind that they shall desire; and (there shall accompany them) fair damsels having large black eyes; like unto pearls hidden; a reward for the deeds of the past (life); Therein they hear no vain or sinful discourse; only the saying, peace! Peace!
And the companions of the right hand; how happy shall the companions of the right hand be; (They will be) among lote trees without thorns; and Mauz trees laden with fruit: and shade long extended; and water ever flowing: And fruit in abundance; Neither ending nor forbidden; and carpets raised; We have created those maidens by a special creation; and have made them virgins; loving, of equal age; for the companions of the right hand.”(Surah al Waqi’ah: 17to38)
Then she said: “Perhaps you also have proposed marriage to those damsels of paradise, and surely you must have spent something by way of ‘Mahr’ to them?”
I asked: “Then tell me, what is their ‘Mahr’ (Dowry). I am but a poor man.”
She asked: “Their ‘Mahr’ is fasting by day and saying Tahajjud prayers by night, and loving the poor.
Then she recited some lines:
“Listen to me, you that proposes marriage to the dark-eyed damsels of paradise, seeking them so high in rank. Exert yourself and be not lazy in your search. Exert your soul towards patient perseverance. For their price is Tahajjud prayers and fasting. And when your eyes shall behold them as they turn to you, like pomegranates their breasts are raised as they walk. Along in company of similar form of splendor. Then indeed shall fly from your mind all the beauty and splendor of this world.”
When she came to the end of these liens, she again sank into unconsciousness. Again I had to sprinkle water over her and when I had revived her she recited this poem:
“Do not punish me, O Lord, for I confess to You my faults.
And many are the sins I have committed that You have forgiven.
Men consider me good, yet if You forgive me not, the worst of man am I.
No other weapons have I save my hope in the pardon You grant and my faith in You.
Where after she again collapsed and died. Her death filled me with great sorrow. I went to the market place to buy material for her burial but when I returned I found the body already wrapped in two green coverings, fragrantly scented and ready for burial. On the green kafan, which is reminiscent of the dress of paradise, two lines were brightly written. In the line was written:
“There is none worthy of worship save Allah, and Muhammad is his Rasul.”
And on the second line was written:
“Verily the friends of Allah shall have no fear and they shall not grieve.”
My friend and I picked up the corpse, recited the funeral prayers and buried the body. There we recited Surah Yaseen and with tears of sorrow for her death I returned to my room. After having performed two rak’ahs salaah, I fell asleep. In a dream I saw her walking in paradise, dressed in silk and brocade with a crown of pearls on her head. On her feet she had red ruby covered shoes and from her person exuded the fragrant smell of musk and amber. Her face shone brighter than the moon and the sun. I said to her: “What a while, tell me, why is it that you have received all this honor?”
She replied: “It is as a reward for my having loved the poor and needy, seeking much forgiveness from Allah and for having removed obstacles from the path of the Muslims.”
Then she recited these lines:
“Blessed is he who spend the nights awake in prayer
And in restlessness for Allah’s love.
And weeps and wails faults committed.
And in sorrow and grief for sins admitted.
And in fear of Allah’s anger stand before Him by night.
While on High the Lord’s Grace protects them? (Rowdh)
Story No. 54: (Episode)
It was a habit of Hazrat Shaikh Ibrahim Khawas R.A. that whenever he proceeded on a journey, he would just take a water-can with him and not tells anybody.
Hazrat Hamid Aswad R.A relates: “While I was in the mosque once, the Shaikh again just took his water-can walked off. I followed him. At Qadisiyya he asked me:
“To which destination do you intend going O Hamid?”
I replied: “Sir, I only intend to be you companion on a journey.”
He said: “I am going to Mecca.”
I said: “I shall accompany you till there.”
We proceeded and after having traveled for three days, another youth joined us. He was with us for a whole day and night without performing one salaah. Then I said to the Shaikh: “How is it that this third person with us does not perform even one salaah.” The Shaikh asked him: “Why is it that you do not perform salaah?”
He replied: “Salaah is not incumbent upon me.”
Shaikh asked: “And why not? Are you not a Muslim?”
He replied: “No, I am a Christian. But even in my religion I rely on Allah.
My heart told me that he was telling the truth and wanted to leave him alone in the desert where there was nothing except Allah. I wanted to test him. The Shaikh said to me: “Do not turn him away. Let him walk with you.” We continued on our way until we came to a place called Batn-Mard. There the Shaikh washed his clothes and turned to the young man, saying:
“What is your name?”
He replied: “My name is Abdul Maseeh.”
Shaikh said: “O Abdul Maseeh, here we stand now at the border of the Holy Haram near Mecca. Allah has forbidden polytheists from proceeding beyond this point. The Qur’aan says:
“The Mushrikeen are impure so allow them not near the Holy Mosque.”
You desire to test yourself and your test is over and you know the answer. Do not enter beyond this point to Mecca, otherwise we shall have to object to your presence.”
We left him there and departed for Mecca. When we stopped at Arafaat, we had the surprise of our life when we saw him once more searching the faces of people. When he saw us he was overcome with joy and he embraced the Shaikh who said to him:
“O Abdul Maseeh, tell us your story. What happened?”
He replied: “Do not call me Abdul Maseeh (slave of Messiah) but I am the slave and bondsman of Him who had sent the Messiah. When you left me I waited there and when another group of pilgrims arrived I put on ihram clothes pretending to be a Muslim but when I saw the Ka’bah, all other religions fled from my heart and Islam entered. I washed myself and embraced Islam. From this morning I have been searching for you, and now I have found you.”
Thereafter we three traveled together and stayed together until he passed away, among the Sufies as one of them. (Rowdh)
Story No. 55: (Episode)
Hazrat Abu Saeed Khazzaz R.A. says: “I was in Mecca once. While walking past Bab Bani Shaiba I saw the corpse of a young boy. He had a very handsome face. As I stared at his face, he smiled and I heard him say: “O Abu Saeed, do you not know that the devoted lovers of Allah never die even though they may seem to do so. They are in fact alive, as their souls are transported to another world.”
Hazrat Shaikh Abu Yaqoob Sanusi R.A. says: “Once in Mecca one of my mureeds came to me and said: “Respected Sir, I shall die tomorrow at the time of Zuhr. Take this gold sovereign. Use half of it for the diggers of my grave and the other half for my kafan.
The next day at the time of Zuhr, he entered the mosque, performed tawaaf and after a short while he passed away. When he was placed in his grave, his eyes opened and in surprise I said: “Are you alive again after death?” he replied: “I am alive and everyone of the devoted lovers of Allah is alive.”
Among out elders, was Hazrat Hafiz Yousuf Saheb R.A. the son of Maulana Hafiz Muhammad Zamin Shaheed of Thanabhawan. He was a man of many unexplained miraculous incidents. Many stories are told about him among, which is the following; which I heard from my Uncle Maulana Mahmood Rampuri. One day before death he told Maulana Mahmood: “I am in possession of many secret plans and one day I shall show you one whereby without any effort you will remain seated in your house and still earn two hundred rupees per month. Ask me about it one day I shall show it to you.” Maulana replied; Alright, I shall.’
The Maulana continues the story saying: “I thought that one day we have more time then I shall ask about the plan. That same day at Asr salaah time in the mosque, he called me to him and just as salaah was about to begin, he said: “do not forget, you must ask me; because soon I shall go away.” This surprised me because that was no time to discuss such a thing. On the next morning he wrote numerous letters to Deoband etc., to his friends and dictated others.
In almost all of them he wrote among other things ‘Today I am going on a journey.’ We all thought that he meant a journey to Bhopal where he often spent some time. No one else had the courage to ask him the truth of it. That same day after having performed Asr salaah, when we left the masjid; he remained behind, as was his custom. We had not gone far when someone came to call us saying that Hafiz saheb had passed away. In great confusion we returned and there we found him lying facing the Qibla; dressed in his lungi as was his custom and with his Kur’ta (shirt) placed under his head. May Allah have mercy on him. (Rowdh)