Story No. 66: (Episode)
Hazrat Zun Noon Misri R.A says: “I was traveling in the desert towards Mecca when I suffered great thirst and went to the tribe of Makhzoon. There I chance to see a very beautiful young girl singing by herself in pleasure. Hearing her and the words she sang filled me with surprise and I said to her: “Are you not ashamed to sing like this?”
She replied: “O Zun Noon, be quiet. Last night I drank a glass full of the wine of divine love in such extreme pleasure, that even now I am drunk with the love of my Lord.”
I said to her: “You seem to be a very wise maiden. Give me some advice.”
She answered: “O Zun Noon, be silent in this world and take from it for your sustenance only so much as would suffice to keep you alive. In paradise you will have the chance to see that being who never dies.”
I asked her: “Is there any water here to drink?”
She answered: “Shall I show you the way to water?”
I thought she was going to direct me to a fountain or a well and
I said: “yes, do show me!”
She replied: “There shall be four kinds of drinkers of water. The first group will be those who shall be given to drink by the Angels as Allah calls it;
Crystal-white, of a delicious taste to those who drink. (Surah Saffaat-46)
The second group is those whom Radhwaan, the keeper of paradise shall give to drink, as Allah calls it Tasneem:
With it will be a mixture of Tasneem. (Surah Al Mutaffifeen)
And the third group are those whom Allah Himself shall give to drink as he says:
“And their Lord will give to them to drink of a wine pure and holy. (Surah Dahr-21)
She continued: “O Zun Noon, do not ever tell your secrets to anyone in this world save Allah. In the Hereafter Allah Himself shall give you to drink.”
Note: although four kinds of drinkers were to be mentioned; only three kinds were discussed. Perhaps the fourth group, to whom reference is made, are those who shall be given water by young boys as the Qur’aan says:
“Round about them will (serve) youths of perpetual (freshness) with goblets, beakers and cups filled out of clear flowing fountains. (Surah Waaqiya-17/19) (Rowdh)
Story No. 66: (Episode)
Story No. 61: (Episode)
One of the saints relates: “I was once in great sorrow and distress. My whole being was overcome with fear. In this distressed state, I took the road to Mecca; with no animal for conveyance, and without food.
For three days I walked thus in the desert. On the fourth day I felt such extreme thirst that death seemed very near. There I was in the desert and nowhere around could a tree be seen where I could sit down in some shade. Feeling the approach of death I sat down in the direction of the Qibla.
As I sat there, sleep overtook me and in a dream I saw a man coming towards me with his hands stretched out to me, saying: “Here take my hand.” I stretched my hand and he shook hands with me. Then he spoke: “I have come to give you glad tidings; you shall perform Haj and return safe and sound, and you shall also visit the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am.”
I asked: “Who are you?”
He replied: “I am Khidhar.”
I said: “Pray for me.”
He replied: “Recite these words three times.”
“O You who are Most Gracious to His Creatures;
O You who knows the condition of His Creation;
O You who are Aware of His Creation; Be Gracious to me; O You who are Gracious; You who are All Knower; You who are Aware.”
Then Hazrat Khidhar A.S. said: “This is a present to you-a medicine that will always suffice and be of benefit. Whenever you are in any trouble, recite this and your trouble will depart.”
Having said this he disappeared. Just then a voice called out to me: “O Shaikh! O Shaikh.” When I heard this I woke up and saw someone on a camel. He asked me: “Did you not see a certain young man around here?”
I replied: “No I did not see anyone like that.”
He said: “A young man of ours has left home seven days ago. We heard that he went to perform Haj. But where are you going?”
I answered: “I go where Allah takes me.”
He made his camel sit. Then he gave me two pieces of bread with sweetmeat in between and some water. That filled me. We traveled for one day and two nights. Then we met a group of people traveling together. When we asked them about the young man we found that he was with them. My companions went to look for him and a short while later he came back with the youth he said to him; “Son, it is through the blessing of this man that I have found you.” Then I separated from them and followed the caravan. Not long after this I met the same man who gave me something wrapped in a piece of paper. He kissed my hand and departed. Inside I found five sovereigns with which I hired a camel and ate of it during the pilgrimage. After Haj I also visited Rasulullah Sal’am grave in Madina and then the grave of Hazrat Ibrahim A.S and whenever I met with any distress or difficulty I recited the duaa taught by hazrat Khidhar A.S. It proved to be very beneficial and for all this I am most grateful to Allah.” (Rowdh)
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. 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. 41: (Episode)
Hazrat Shaikh Abu Yakoob Basri R.A says: “Once in the Haram of Mecca I suffered extreme hunger and for ten days could not find anything to eat. Because of this I decided to go outside, perhaps I would find something to eat. The only edible thing that I found was a rotten turnip lying on the ground. I picked it up, but suddenly I did not feel like eating it at all because a thought crossed my mind; “For ten days I have been starving and when you finally find something to eat it turned out to be a rotten turnip.” I threw it away and returned to the mosque, where I sat down. Not long after this a stranger came along. In front of me he placed a cloth bag and said to me: “Take that! Inside you will find a small bag wherein there are five hundred gold sovereigns. It is something which I vowed to give you.”
I asked him: “But why is it given to me specially?” he replied: “For ten days now we have been lost at sea until our boat came near to sinking. Each of us at that time made a separate vow. I made this vow to Allah that if He saves us I shall give this bag of money to the first person on whom I set eyes from the residents of Mecca. Allah brought us to safety, and you are the first person I have seen in Mecca.” I said: “Open the bag.”
He opened it and therein I found white sugar candy bread, peeled almond and some sweet-meats: I took some of each and gave him back the rest of the food and said to him: “I accept the gift-offering, but take the food and distribute it among your dependant.”
And in my heart I said: “how strange the sustenance is being transported to you over ten days and here you dwell around searching for it.” (Rowdh)
Story No. 31: (Episode)
Another saintly person says: “While I was in Madina, I saw a non-Arab person reciting the farewell salaam at the grave of Rasulullah Sal’am. As he left, I followed him. At Zul Hulayfah he performed salaah and donned the Ihraam. When he commenced his salaah I did the same and when he departed from there I again followed him. Later he looked towards me and said: “what is your aim?”
I said: “I wish to accompany you.” He refused my wish. I pleaded with all humility. Then he said to me: “If it is your aim to do so, then follow me step by step.” I said: “Very well.”
He went along an unknown route with me behind him. Having traveled for a small part of the night we saw a lamp shining in the dark. He said to me: ‘this is the mosque of Hazrat Aa’isha.R.A at Tan’eem (near Mecca). Now either you shall go ahead or me?”
I replied: “It shall be as you wish.”
He went ahead and I slept there. Early in the next morning before fajr I entered Mecca, to perform tawaaf and saee; and then I went to pay my respects to Hazrat Shaikh Abu Bakr Kattani R.A. around whom I found many saintly persons.
He asked me: “when did you arrive?”
I answered : “I have just arrived.”
He asked : “From where did you come?”
I answered : “From Madina.”
He asked : “when did you leave Madina?”
I answered : “Last night.”
When I said this, the people looked at me in disbelief and surprise. The Shaikh said: “with whom did you travel?” I replied that I had come with a certain saintly person and told the m the story of how I had come walking from Madina to Mecca in a portion of the night.
The Shaikh exclaimed: “That person is Abu Ja’far Hazrat Wamighani R.A. Whatever you have said about him shows that it must be him. For him to have come in that short period of time is a common and minor thing. Come, friends, let us go and search for Shaikh Hazrat Wamighani R.A.”
And to em he said: ‘It is not customary for you to arrive in such a short time. Therefore I had to ask in detail. How did the ground feel under you while you were walking? I replied: “It felt like rolling waves of the sea passing through under my feet.” (Rowdh)
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. 21: (Episode)
Hazrat Abu Saeed Khazaaz R.A. relates that when he entered, the Masjidul Haraam once, he saw a fakir with torn clothes begging. He then thought by himself.
“it is men such as these that become a burden and a nuisance to others.”
As these thoughts passed through his mind, the fakir looked towards him and recited this verse:
“Surely Allah knows that which is in your hearts; so fear Him.” (Surah Baqar:20)
He felt ashamed at his thoughts and repented. As he walked away the fakir called after him in this verse:
“He accepts the repentance of His servants and forgives al sins.” (Surah Shur’aa: 13)
Story No. 17: (Episode)
It is related that Hishaam bin Abdul Malik, before he became the Khalifa once performed tawaaf. Numerous times did he try to kiss the Hajarul Aswad, but because of the vast crowd he could not do so. Then Hazrat Sayidina Aabideen R.A. the son of Hazrat Ali R.A. who was the son of Hazrat Imam Husain R.A came along to kiss the Black Stone and all at once everyone moved away so that he could do so in peace and comfort. Someone asked him: “Who is this person, (that is so honored)?”
Hishaam knew who it was but would not say because of the ill feeling borne by Banu Umayya towards the family of Rasulullah Sal’am household. Thus he said: “I do not know.”
The famous Arabic poet Farazdaq who was present then stepped forward and said: “I know who he is.” Then he read the following poetic verse:
He is the son of the most virtuous of men,
This is he, who is God-fearing, holy and a leader,
This is he whose footsteps all Mecca knows,
Whom the Ka’bah knows, the Hill and the Haram.
This is he that when he moves to kiss the Hajar, indeed does the Hajar almost move to receive his hand.
Never said he Laa ( no) to anyone save in the Kalima,
Had it not been for that, never would he say it?
When noble Quraish sees his like they exclaim; this is the holder of true nobility.
When the saintly assemble, he is their imaam.
And when asked the best of them, to him they point.
This O Hishaam, is the son of Fatima if you know not.
Through his grand father was prophethood sealed.
And never be thy denial of him a fault with him,
Him who is known amongst Arab and Ajam.
In modesty does he cast down his eyes; and in awe of him do men look down before him.
And then they speak not save when he smiles.
Story No. 13: (Episode)
Hazrat Abdullah Jowhari R.A. says: “During Haj I once fell asleep at Arafaat. I saw two angels in conversation near me .one of them asked:
“How many Hajis are present this year?”
The second replied: “Only six”
The other replied: “There are six lakhs (six hundred thousand)”
The first one asked: “From how many of them did Allah accept his Haj?”
Abu Abdallah says: “hearing this I was very much distressed and in grief. I felt like beating myself out of sorrow, and started to cry bitterly for my own wretchedness. Just then the first one asked again: “And what did Allah do to whose Haj had not been accepted?”
The second replied: “The Noble Lord had looked at them in Mercy and through every one of these six he had also accepted one hundred thousand. This is indeed Allah’s favor which He bestows on whomsoever he pleases.”
(A similar story is also related about Hazrat Ali bin Muwaffaq R.A. in Chapter I, hadith 6).