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. 61: (Episode)
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).
Story No. 9: (Episode)
Hazrat Maalik bin Dinaar R.A. says: “I once saw a young man of very saintly countenance. Tears were continuously flowing from his eyes. I immediately recognized him as one whom I had seen in Basra some time before. Then he was in a wealthy position. Now he seemed destitute and starving. On seeing him tears came to my eyes to think how he was before, and how he was now. He recognized me and we greeted each other. He said to me: “O Maalik; pray for me. Remember me in your most earnest prayers. Perhaps Allah will have mercy on me in my present condition and forgive my sins.”
Then he recited the following verses:
When the Beloved turns to thee then remembers me to Him;
And tell Him that never this heart is free of His remembrance.
Perchance on hearing the mention of my name.
He shall inquire about me.
Hazrat Maalik R.A. continues: “Having recited these lines he went away. The time of Haj arrived and while sitting in the Holy Haram once I saw a crowd of people around a man, crying uncontrollably. As a result of his hysterical crying people found difficulty in performing tawaaf. I went in that direction and behold it was the same young man. This made me very happy and I said: “Praise be to Allah who has granted you your wish.” Thereupon he again recited some lines:
People fearlessly proceeded to Mina and there, their heart felt desires received,
They begged to Allah their deepest wish,
And true to promise He granted them,
And through their sincere repentance did He grant protection against all inequity.
The Saqi gave them to drink and when they asked: “who is the Saqi?” he said: “I am Allah, call you on Me, I am your Lord, Mine alone is Glory.
Exaltedness the Kingdom and praise.”
Hazrat Maalik R.A continues: “Tell me what happened to you?” He said: “I have been most fortunate for Allah had called me here and here I am present. Whatever I begged of Him, I received.”
Then he recited a few lines thus:
When my Beloved called me I called out “Blessed am I?”
How great the ecstasy of Thy love.
By Thy truth do I swear, Thou art the goal, the object.
That I seek; For the sake of fulfilling Thy desires do they blame me.
Yet let them blame.
For me there is no longing save to be with Thee.
And when here in the city I be, I do not remember anyone save Thee.
Hazrat Maalik R.A says: “After this he commenced the tawaaf and thereafter I never saw him again, neither do I know what happened to him. (Rowdh)
Story No. 5: (Episode)
Hazrat Zun Noon R.A. relates: “On one Haj journey I met a young man in the desert who was also going the same way. He was a most handsome youth, shining as the full moon and the love for Allah drove him along .I took him under my care and said. “This is a very long and arduous journey.”
In poetic manner he replied:
For them that are lazy and have no urge this journey is arduous; and for them that are filled with Allah’s love it is a pleasure not far.
At the time of the Prophet (SAW), there was a young man named Alqamah. He was very diligent in obeying Allah by engaging in prayer and fasting and spending in charity. Then he fell ill and his illness became serious. His wife went to the Prophet and said, ”My husband, Alqamah, is on his deathbed. I therefore came to tell you, Messenger of Allah, about his condition.” The Prophet (then) sent for Ammar or Suhaib and Bilal, and told them to go to him (Alqamah) and have him repeat the Shahadah. Thereupon they went to him and found him in the agony of death. They asked him to say, “La illaha illa Allah,” but his tongue was unable to pronounce it. At that, they came and told the Messenger of Allah that he was unable to repeat the Shahadah.
In a lengthy tradition, Hadrat Abu Sa’d al-Kudri narrated that one day, the Messenger of ALLAH came to the mosque from his home for performing Salaah and he saw people looking as if they were bursting into laughter (in the mosque) (and this was the sign of excessive carelessness). So the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said (for their guidance), “If you were to keep much in remembrance death which is the cutter-off of pleasures it would distract you from what I see. So keep death much in remembrance. [Jam-e-Tirmiz, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]
Hazrat Ibn Abbas R.A. reports: ‘On the day of Arafaat a young man; Fadhl; was Rasulullah’s sal’am companion, sharing his camel; when the young man cast his eyes, staring at the women. Whereupon Rasulullah sal’am said: ‘O so of my brother, this is such a day when whoever controls his hearing, his sight and the tongue; he shall certainly be forgiven by Allah’. The young man here referred to was Fadl Ibn Abbaas.