Stories of the Pious
Cheap ticket to Paradise:
Story of an idolator:
This story of the idolator shows the Greatness of Allah and His Mercy towards the man who previously worshipped idols. He sent the people to the island as a means to guide the idolator and thus rewarded him a magnificent rewardin the hereafter.
The ultimate Test:
Repentance of Malik bin Dinar:
I continued to run, with serpent still following me. I passed by a pit of blazing fire and was about to fall into it, but someone said, ''You are not its inhabitant,'' On hearing this I turned and ran towards the mountain, I found that there were many gates to it and each gate had guards. A voice called out, ''Let this wretched man in before his enemy captures him.'' The gates opened and I saw a group of children there faces shone like the moo, and among them was my little girl! She came towards me like a beam of light and with her right hand hit the serpent, which then fled. She sat by me and said, ''O my father, has not the time arrived for the heart of those who believe to submit to Allah's reminder (Dhikr) and the truth (Quran) which has been revealed?'' I replied, ;;O my child, do you know the Qur'an?'' She answered, ''I learnt it from you.'' I the asked, ''O my daughter, What are you doing here?'' She said we are Muslim children who have died and we will live here until the Day of Resurrection and wait for our parents.'' At this I said , '' O my daughter, who was that monster chasing and trying to kill me?'' She said, ''O my father, that was your bad deeds, which you accumulated and could have destroyed you.'' I then asked, ''And who was that weak old man?'' She said, ''He was you good deeds, which you weakened to such an extant that they had no power to defend you. Therefore, O my father, repent and turn towards Allah, and be not among those who will perish,'' Suddenly I woke up. I repented for my sins and turned to Allah.
The lesson we learn from this tory is that when young children die in infancy and their parents show patience and control of their emotions, it becomes a means of their salvation in the Hereafter. Allah Most High has taught us, when He tries us with an afflicton, to say: All praise is due to Allah. Truly, we are Allah's and truly unto Him is the return.
The fruit of Belief and Tawakkul:
Mansoor Bin Amar relates that once I saw a young man praying Salah for a considerably long time. I thought to myself perhaps this young man is a 'Wali' of Allah. So I decided to wait till he finished. Once he had finisged, I greeted him with Salaam which hw reciprocated. I asked him whether he knew of the valley in Jahanam called 'Laza'. I mentioned a fire bursting forth into flames; so fierce that ir burns the scalp and sucks up the liver from within those who turned their back. The young man screamed and fell unconscious. When he gained consciousness he said, ''Tell me more''. I continued saying, ;; Oh believers save yourself and your families from that fire whose fuel is men and stones and upon it are appointed angels, harsh and terrible; they do not disobey God in what He commands them and do whatever they are commanded''. On hearing this he fell to the ground and died. On the following night I saw him in a dream sitting on a thrown with a crown on his head. I asked , ''What did Allah do with you.'' He replied, ''Allah forgave me and gave me the reward equal to the reward of the people of Badr and more.''
Blessings in the grave:
It has been related from those who used to dig graves that once a grave was dug in some city.In this particular grave a man appeared, sitting on a throne. On seeing this, the gravedigger ran and fell unconscious. His companions, not knowing what had happened carried him away. When night fell, he came round and related the whole incident. Obviously intrigued with what they had heard the companions requested the man to point out the grave in order that they may experience themselves this unusual phenomena for themselves. He agreed to show them at first light, so his companions lay in wait for daybreak. That night he saw the same man from the grave in a dream warning him, "I swear by Allah if you show anybody my grave you will receive great punishment." The man awoke sweating and breathless. He realised the location of the grave should not be disclosed. He repented and refused to show anyone. This angered the people but despite their anger the grave digger would not disclose the site of the grave. They were never to know were the grave was.
Angels from Heavens:
I drank to my fill and also took the opportunity to fill my cistern. This amazed me. The shepherd watched and then said, "Do not be astonished. When a servant becomes Obedient to his Lord everything becomes subservient to him".
Later I met a friend outside the Haramain. He informed me that a friend of mine from Basra had left this bag containing 300 dirhams for me. I took the bag and gave it to the barber. The barber said, "Oh Shaykh, do you not have any shame? You told me to cut your hair for the sake of Allah and now you want me to take the charge. Take the bag and may Allah forgive you.''
A pious man relates, once I remained in the desert of Hijaz for a few days without any food. I desired to eat bread and lentils but thought, "I am in the middle of the desert the distance between it and the nearest country namely, Iraq seems too vast". I was still contemplating this when a Bedouln called from far, "lentils and bread". I turned immediately and advanced towards him and asked. "Do you have lentils?" "Yes." he replied. Consequently he laid his cloth and utensils on the ground and took out some bread and served lentils. He said, "Eat" and so I began to eat. Once I had completed my portion he insisted I ate some more, I therefore continued. Again when I had finished he maintained, "Eat" and so I continued. He persistently continued until the fourth time I stopped and said "I swear by the one who has sent you to me who are you?" He replied "Khadir" and then disappeared.
Shaykh Abu Saeed al-Kharraz relates, once I entered Masjid al-Harram and noticed a man begging. He wore two torn, dirty garments. I thought, "People like him are a burden on the rest". Unexpectedly, he turned and looked at me, reciting the following verse from the Qur'an. "Know well that Allah Knows what is in your hearts, so be fearful of him". On hearing this, I immediately turned to Allah to forgive me for my evil thought. The man then called me and recited, "It is He who accepts repentance from His servants and pardons evils and knows what you do".
A pious man relates that once I left for hajj. On the way I slept under moonlit night, when I heard a voice of a weak man. "Oh Abu Ishaaq I have been waiting for you since yesterday. I went close to him and found that he was a very young thin man, close to death. He was surrounded by lots of flowers, some of which I had never seen before. I asked him where he was from. He, mentioned a town and then said, "I was living a life of luxury when my nafs demanded seclusion from it all, so I left, puzzled and confused to the jungles and now I am here on the verge of death. I prayed to Allah to send me a Wali of His and I hope you are him". I asked, "Do you have any parents?" he replied "Yes, I also have a brother and sisters". I further questioned, "Did you ever desire to meet them or remember them?" He replied, "Never except today, I wished to smell their fragrance. These wild beasts took pity on me. They cried and brought me these flowers". Ibraheem says, 'A big snake then came with a big narcissus in his mouth and contended, "Remove your evil from him, Allah is aware of the condition of his friends and those that are obedient to him".
Ibraheem revealed, "On seeing this I fainted and when I came round the young man had died". I then fell asleep again, I woke up to realise that I was on the road to Makkah for Hajj. After I had completed he Hajj I went to the city the young man had mentioned. There I discovered a woman who resembled him. She had a pot of water in her hands. I approached her and confirmed her identity. I then related the incident to her.
She asked, "So how did you find the young man? and then remarked, "I have been waiting three days for you". I mentioned the words of the young man, which were, "I wished to smell their fragrance"- She screamed, "The fragrance reached him". After this exclamation, she died. Later a few women came and took care of her burial.
She then asked, "What is generosity?" I replied to her, "To give". She added, "That is in regards to worldly things. What is it in regards to Deen?" I replied, "To hasten to the obedience of the creator", She pursued, "When you hasten to the creator do you seek a reward?" I replied, "For every single deed, a reward multiplied by ten". "This is considered bad in love", she remarked. "Hasten to God in such a manner that when he looks into your heart he sees that you want nothing from him in return. Oh Zun Noon I have been waiting for 20 years but I am ashamed to ask fearing that I become like a bad labourer, one who wants his wage as soon as he has done his work. I work only to seek his honour and glory".
Sufyaan Thawri relates Shaibaan and I left for hajj On the way a lion came before us I said to Shaibaan, "Do you not see this lion that has come before us" Shaibaan responded, "Do not fear oh Sufyaan". As soon as the lion heard what Shaibaan said it came wagging its tale like a dog and Shaibaan began to rub its ear. I said, "What is this glory?" He replied "This is not a glory Oh Thawri, if I did not fear fame I would have carried my provisions on his back to Makkah.
A pious saint relates, Once I was very angry with my nafs. I said to it that I am going to throw it in some place of destruction. I used to live near a jungle in which was a den of lions and I went and lay in the midst of two cubs, hoping to be devoured by their parents. After a short while their father came carrying a piece of meat in his mouth. When he saw me he threw the meat n i and sat a distance from me. Then their mother came, carrying a piece of meat. She too threw the meat, roared and came to attack me, but the lion stopped her with his head. She sat down with the father and both of them did not move. After a while the lion walked towards me and one by one carried the cubs to their mother.