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|14 days of happiness!!!|
|12/27/01 at 07:34:00|
Just to share something i read, thought provoking!
I am not sure if i posted this before, but it's beneficial
btw do get hold of this book!! this is a very good book to read masha'Allah!:)
Abdur Rahman III (An-Nasir) , the Muslim Ruler of Andalus began his long rule of nearly 52 years in 300AH (912AD). His rule spread over a vast land and he built spendid buildings in his life time. Az-Zahra,
the pleasure palace was one of the masterpieces of that era whose beauty and splendour is reported to to be unmatched to this day.
Following is an excerpt from the book "Islam in Andalus" by Ahmed Thomson and Muhammad Ata'ur-Rahim.
"Were Abdur Rahman III (Khalif An-Nasir) to have an epitaph - whose purpose is to instruct those who are still alive - then perhaps the following passage taken from Al-Maqqari's history, would suffice:
It is said that after the death of 'Adbu'r-Rahman a paper was found in his own hand-writing in which those days which he had spent in happiness and without any cause of sorrow were carefully noted down, and on numbering them they were found to amount only to fourteen. O man of understanding, wonder and observe the small portion of real happiness the world affords, even in the most enviable position! The Khalif An-Nasir, whose prosperity in mundane affairs and whose widely- spread empire became proverbial, had only fourteen days of undisturbed enjoyment during a reign of fifty years, seven months and three days.
Praise be given to Him, the Lord of eternal glory and everlasting empire! There is no God but HE, the Almighty, the Giver of empire to whomsoever He pleases!"
Islam in Andalus, Ahmed Thomson and Muhammad
Revised Edition, page 54
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