"And if all the trees on earth were pens and the Ocean (were ink), with seven Oceans behind it to add to its (supply), yet would not the Words of Allah be exhausted (in the writing): for Allah is Exalted in power, full of Wisdom." [TMQ Luqman:27]
Once Umar (Radhiyallaho Anho), during his caliphate, was going on his usual rounds towards Harrah (a suburb of Madinah) with his slave Aslam, when he saw a distant fire in the desert. He said, "There seems to be a camp. Perhaps, it is a caravan that could not enter the town due to night fall. Let's go and look after them and arrange for their protection during the night."
When he reached there, he found a woman and some children. The children were crying. The woman had a pan of water over the fire. Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho Anho) greeted her with salaam and, with her permission, went near her. (The woman didn't recognize that it was Umar).
Umar, "Why are these children crying?"
The Woman, "Because they are hungry."
Umar, "What is in the pan?"
The Woman, "Only water to soothe the children, so that they may go to sleep in the belief that food is being prepared for them. Ah! Allah will judge between Umar (Radhiyallaho Anho) and me, on the Day of Judgment, for neglecting me in my distress."
Umar began weeping, "May Allah have mercy on you! How can Umar know of your distress?"
The Woman, "When he is our Amir (leader), he must keep himself informed about us."
Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallaho Anho) returned to the town and straight away went to the Baitul Mal (House of Charity) to fill a sack with flour, dates, and clothes, and also drew some money. When the sack was ready, he said to Aslam, "Now put this sack on my back, Aslam."
Aslam, "No please, Amir-ul-Momineen (Commander of the fiathful)! I shall carry this sack."
Umar refused to listen to Aslam, even on his persistent requests to allow him to carry the sack, and remarked, "What! Will you carry my load on the Day of Judgment? I must carry this bag, for it is I who would be questioned (in the Hereafter) about this woman."
Aslam most reluctantly placed the bag on Umar's (Radhiyallaho Anho) back, who carried it with a swift pace right to the woman's tent. Aslam followed at his heels. He put a little flour and some dates and fat in the pan and began to stir. He blew (with his mouth) into the fire to kindle it.
Aslam says, "I saw the smoke passing through his thick beard."
After some time, the pottage was ready. He himself served it to the
family. When they had eaten to their fill, he made over to them the little that was left for their next meal. The children were very happy after their meal and began to play about merrily.
The woman felt very grateful and remarked, "May Allah reward you for your kindness! In fact you deserve to take the place of Khalifah instead of Umar."
Umar consoled her and said, "When you come to see the Khalifah, you will find me there."
He sat for a while at a place close by and kept on watching the children. He then returned to Madinah. On his way back, he said to Aslam, "Do you know why I sat there, Aslam? I had seen them weeping in distress. I liked to see them laughing and happy for some time."
Source: From the book "Stories of the Sahaba" by Shaikh Muhammad Zakariyya
The streets were packed with police officers and the people were peeping out of their windows and doors. When we reached the Qaysun Mosque, we found it empty, even the servants were not present.
I realized that the police officers had ordered everyone to leave. I stood in front of the coffin to offer the funeral prayer and tears began to flow from my eyes. The coffin then went to the Imam Shafi Graveyard where we buried him and returned home crying and in a state of sadness.
The day passed and the night entered and not a single person came for consolation because the soldiers had prevented people from entering the house. As for those who were able to enter, they did not return to their homes. They were all arrested and put into the prisons except for one person - Mukarram Abid Pasha (a Copt) who used to challenge the tyrants.
Thus ended the life of someone about whom an American journalist wrote a few months before, 'Within six months, this man will either be the undisputed leader of the East (i.e Islam) or he will be dead.' Imam Hasan al-Banna, may Allah have mercy on him and grant him paradise, may have been assassinated and martyred, but his legacy continues.
Listening to Recitation
Listening to recitation is the perfume of the souls, the calmer of hearts, and the food of the spirit. Is is one of the most important psychological medicines. It is a source of pleasure, even to some animals - and pleasure in moderation purifies inner energy, enhances the functioning of the faculties, slows down senile decay by driving out its diseases, improves the complexion, and refreshes the entire body. Pleasure in excess, on the other hand, makes the illnesses of the body grow worse.
Abu Nu'aim states, in his Tib an-Nabbi, that the Prophet (pbuh) said that the benefits of listening to recitation are increased when it is understood - that is, when its meaning is understood. Allah Himself says:
...so give good news to My slaves, those who listen to the word and then follow the best of it...(Qur'an: 39.17-18)
The Medicine of the Prophet
Translation from Tibb an-Nabbi
By Jalalu'd-Din 'Abdur-Rahman as-Suyuti
-Edited by Ahmad Thomson
Published by Taha, London UK
Page 199 Reprinted 2004
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