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Abu Hanifah’s Concern for his Mother

When Imām Abū Ĥanīfah was lashed for not accepting the post of Chief Justice, he said: ‘Nothing hurt me more than the thought of my mother; because, she has been agonized on account of my suffering.’ Imām Dhahabī adds: ‘He was very assiduous in his duty towards his mother.’ Imām Dhahabi in his Manāqib Abū...

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A Gnostic’s Reply to a King

A monarch once asked a gnostic: 'Do you aspire to be in my place?' The gnostic [áārif] replied: 'Do I aspire to be in my slave's place?' The monarch asked: 'Am I, your slave?' The gnostic said: 'nafs [lower self] and desire [hawa] are my slaves and i have subdued them. you are the slave of nafs and hawa; thus you are the slave of my slaves. would I aspire to be in a slave's place?' Imām Ibn...

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The Martyrdom of Ali

Sayyidunā Áli Karramallāhu Wajhah was struck on Friday (11th or) 17th of Ramađān, 40 AH when a Kharijite named Ábdu’r Raĥmān ibn Muljam struck him with a poisoned sword at dawn, as Mawlā Áli rađiyallāhu ánhū was proceeding for the Fajr prayer. The blow broke open his crown and the poison reached his brain. Mawlā Áli survived the following two days and he passed away on Sunday night. [Which...

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How Imam al-Ash’ari became a Sunni

Ibn Ásākir narrates the story of how Imām Al-Ashárī converted to Ahlu’s Sunnah from his former madh’hab of Mútazilah. [Tabyīn Kadhib al-Muftarī fīmā Nusiba ila’l Imām Abu'l Ĥasan al-Ashárī / Exposing the maligner’s lies, in those things falsely attributed to Imām Abu'l Ĥasan al-Ashárī.] ————————- Imām...

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Seek Aafiyah

It is said that Sayyiduna Yūsuf álayhis salām complained to Allāh of his lengthy imprisonment. Allāh replied: ‘You asked for it yourself when you said: “My Lord! I prefer prison than that towards which they beckon.” If you had said: ‘I prefer your protection.. ’, I would have delivered you. [fa law qulta: al áāfiyatu aĥabbu ilayya, la úūfītu]And then Allāh delivered him from prison, as mentioned in His lofty book. When...

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Úmar and the Egyptian

Anas ibn Mālik rađiyallāhu ánhū narrates: We were with Úmar ibn al-Khaţţāb riđwānAllāhi álayh when an Egyptian came to him and said, ‘O Amīr al-Mu’minīn, I have come here to seek your protection..’ He asked: ‘What has befallen you?’ The Egyptian said: “I let my horse race with those of Ámr ibn al-Áāş;1 as my horse was winning, Muĥammad the son of...

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