Category Archives: Sahabas & others

The Devil’s Attempt

A man once dreamt of Satan. Satan was holding some frayed ropes and broken chains and he was fuming with anger. In his dream, the man felt curious and asked the devil: "Hey, devil, why are you carrying these things?" The devil answered: "I trap people and drag them along with these ropes and chains." "Why are you looking so furious?" the man wanted to know. "Tonight, I intended to drag Sheikh Ansari towards me and to evil but, I failed. Each time I pulled on the ropes or chains, they snapped. I did this seven times, but the result was just the same. Now I am very disappointed about the Sheikh." In the morning, the man rushed to the Sheikh without Read more ...

“I have never seen such a back before.”

Khabaab (RA) is one of those fortunate persons who offered themselves for sacrifice and suffering for the cause of Allah (Subhanahu wa Taala). He was the sixth or seventh person to embrace Islam and therefore, he suffered long. He was made to put on steel armor and lie in the sun to sweat. Very often he was made to lie flat on burning sand, which caused the flesh on his back to dissolve. He was the slave of a woman. When she came to know that he was visiting RasoolAllah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam), she used to brand his head with a hot iron rod. Umar (RA) during his Caliphate once asked him about the details of his suffering after embracing Islam. He Read more ...

Is There a Parallel in Any Civilization?

Is There a Parallel in Any Civilization? by Dr. Mustafa as-Siba'i Source: www.islaam.com - Extracted from“Some Glittering Aspects of the Islamic Civilization” © 1983, 1990 Hindustan Publications. When 'Umar ibn 'Abdul 'Aziz came to the office of caliphate, a delegation of men from Samarqand saw him and represented that the general of the Islamic armies, Qutaibah, had unjustifiably stationed his army men in the town in their midst. 'Umar ibn 'Abdul 'Aziz wrote to the governor of Samarqand that he should appoint a tribunal to judge and settle the dispute between Qutaibah and the people of Samarqand. If the judgement of the tribunal goes against the Read more ...

Malik-e-Ashtar

A tall and well built man with a tanned face and a healed cut on his eyebrow that told a tale of warfare, strode purposefully through the market place. A merchant threw a handful of waste at him just to provide a moment's entertainment in the market. But the man continued to walk on as before without batting an eyelid. Another merchant went up to the offender and asked: "Do you know the man whom you just offended?" "No. I don't know him. He was one of the thousands who pass by us every day. Who was he, anyway?" "Seriously, didn't you recognize him? This passer by happened to be the general commander Malik-e-ashtar." "Was that man Malik-e-Ashtar? Was Read more ...

The kuffars attempt to put off the light of Islam

The kuffars attempt to put off the light of Islam in the early years of the Prophet - Taken from the book Ar-Raheeq-ul-Makhtoom (The Sealed Nectar) Having fully perceived that Muhammad (Peace be upon him) could never be desisted from his Call, Quraish, in a desperate attempt to quell the tidal wave of the Call, resorted to other cheap means acting from base motives: 1. Scoffing, degrading, ridiculing, belying and laughter-instigating cheap manners, all of which levelled at the new converts in general, and the person of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in particular, with the aim of dragging the spirit of despair into their morale, and slackening their ardent Read more ...

Religious Bravery

Amongst the lectures of the second Caliph, ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) is a lecture in which he stated, “O mankind! If anyone amongst you finds any deviation in me, then he should correct it.” A Bedouin in the mosque stood up and said, “I swear by Allah, if we saw any deviation in you, we would correct it with our swords.” At this moment ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “All praise is for Allah, the One who made in this nation people who would correct the deviance of ‘Umar with their swords.” The narrator states, “May Allah have mercy on you O ‘Umar. Indeed you gave due consideration to the reply Read more ...

Companion of the Prophet : Sa`id ibn `Amir al-Jumahy

There are big-name companions of the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) like Salman al-Farisi, Bilal, Abu Bakr and `Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) whom we’ve heard so much about. Their journeys to Islam, and how they sacrificed for the sake of the truth brings smiles to our faces, or sometimes brings us to tears – and always make us feel connected to our Islamic heritage. There are other companions whom we don’t hear about as often, but their lives are also filled with struggles and exemplary behavior that deserves our attention. One of these lesser-known companions is Sa`id ibn `Amir al-Jumahy. His story is translated below, with some Read more ...

Khalifah Ali

One day Khalifah Ali was carefully recording all the money that came into the treasury and all that was spent from it by the light of a candle. At that time, Talha and Jubair came to him for personal reasons. When they sat down, Ali lit another candle and put out the first candle. The guests exchanged a glance of surprise and then one of them asked: "O Ali, we have come on some important business. But why did you put out the first candle?" "That was a candle bought with Treasury funds. As long as I worked for treasury, I used it. Now you have come for some personal work, so I use the candle bought from my personal fund." replied the Khalifah. Read more ...

A Satanic Calculation

lmam Jafar Sadik became interested in a man after he had repeatedly heard about his piety and kindness and his popularity with the common people. The Imam decided to find out if the man was truly righteous. So, one day, the lmam went to observe him. At that time, the man was surrounded by people. After a while, the people left and the man began to walk away. The lmam followed him. A little later, the man entered a bakery and cleverly hid two loaves of bread under his robe while the baker was busy. The lmam was surprised to see this and thought that the man must have paid for the loaves earlier. Even so, the Imam felt disturbed by the way the man had Read more ...

The Noble Quran is the speech of Allah

One year, when Al-Asma'i was on his way to perform hajj, a bedouin carrying a large sword and a long spear confronted him. It was quite obvious that he was a highway robber. He came near Al-Asma'i and instead of fleeing or attempting to escape, Al-Asma'i drew nearer to him. He extended greetings of peace to the robber. The latter responded and then asked, "Where are you from?" "I am a poor man on a journey," was Al-Asma'i's reply. "Do you have anything with you?" asked the robber. "Yes, I have with me the Quran," answered Al-Asma'i. "And what is the Quran?" asked the robber. "It is the speech of Allah 'Azza wa Jall," said Al-Asma'i. "And does Allah Read more ...