Hajj of the Saintly Elders Part 7


Chapter 10 - The Farewell Hajj of Rasulullah, Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Hajj (Fazail e Hajj) / Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Story No. 26: (Episode)
A saintly man says: “For many days I dwelt in the deserts of Hijaaz without food. One day I felt a great urge to eat bread and hot Baaqilla-a kind of famous Arab food. Then I thought; “I am in this vast desert many miles away from Iraq. Where shall I get such food in this wilderness?”
Just then a bedouin called out: “Come and eat bread and hot Baaqilla.” I approached him and asked him; “is it hot?” he replied: “yes,” and spread a cloth on the ground on which he placed the food saying ‘Eat’. When I had eaten he ordered me a second and third time to eat more, and I ate more.
When he asked me fourth time, I asked him: “Tell me, by Allah, who had sent you to me in this wilderness: who are you?” he replied: “I am Khidr.” (Rowdh)

Story NO. 27: (Episode)
Hazrat Shaqeeq Bal’khi R.A. says: “On the road to Mecca I met a crippled person who was moving with great difficulty. I asked him; ‘where do you come from?’
He replied: “From Samarkand.”
I asked : “How long ago did you depart from there?”
He replied: “More than ten years.”
On hearing this I was astonished and looked at him.
He asked: “Why do you stare at me like this?”
I replied : “I am surprised at you being so weak and handicapped, yet undertaking such a long journey.”
He said : “The lengthy journey has been made short by my great longing to be there in Mecca; and Allah is the One who bears my weakness.”
“O Shaqeeq: You are looking at such a weak person whom Allah carries along.”
Then he read a few lines:
“My Lord, it is to visit Thee that I come,
The manzils of love are indeed hard:
But yearning for Thee,
Helps where no wealth can do so,
And whoever has fear of death on the road;
Can never b a loved of Him;
Neither he who stops for fear of hardship.”

Story No. 28: (Episode)
Hazrat shaikh Najmuddin Asfahaani R.A., once attended the funeral of a saint in Mecca. After the people had buried the dead, one of them read the ‘talqeen’ to him. The shaikh who was not in the habit of laughing, burst out laughing. Thereupon some one asked him the reason for his laugher and he scolded the questioner; and then some days later he said: ‘when the reciter read the ‘talqeen’ I heard the buried person say: “Look, the dead one is busy instructing the living one. (Rowdh)
(Among the Arabs, it is a custom, according to some of the Imaams, that after burial of the dead someone sits at the head of the grave and recites the Kalimah Tayyibah, etc. and then instructs the buried person for the correct answers to the Angels Munkar and Nakeer. This is called Talqeen. The meaning of the words of the dead person in his story is that the one who dies is alive because of his love for Allah and he who read the ‘Talqeen’ is dead because he not possess that love.)

Story No. 29: (Episode)
Hazrat Shaikh Muzani R.A. says: “Once while I was living in Mecca, I became filled with great worry and restlessness. For this reason I decided to travel to Madina. Along the way at Bir Maymoona I found a young man lying down in the last moments of his life. As he was dying I brought my mouth near of his ears and said: Read : ‘La ilaha illah-lahu’
When he heard me, he opened his eyes and said: “If I should die, my heart will be filled with Allah’s love, and such lovers of Nobility die out of love.”
Then he died. I washed him, dressed him in Kaf’n, read his janaaza salaah and buried him. Having done all that I found to my pleasure that the feeling of worry and restlessness was gone and I returned to Mecca.

Story No. 30: (Episode)
Another saint says: “A young man lived near where I resided in Mecca. He was always dressed in tattered clothing. He never came to visit us or meet us. Yet I grew to love him very much. It so happened that, from a halaal source, I received two hundred dir’hams. This I took to him and placed on his prayer-mat and said to hi: “From a completely legitimate source I received this. I beg you to use it for your needs.”
Looking at me sideward he said: “In order to be in Allah’s presence I have forsaken seventy thousand dinars which I had gathered also that much in property which was rented out. Do you now desire to tempt me or deceive me with these dir’hams?”
Then sweeping his musallah with his hands, he stood up straight and walked away with an air of such independence; as I had never yet seen in my life. And as I picked up my dir’hams; I felt so humiliated as I had never felt before in my life. (Rowdh)

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