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|A Beautiful Story - Al Qaadi Abi Bakr|
|02/01/05 at 02:53:07|
Just sharing and posted as exactly e-mailed to me.
Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
I pray that this reaches you in the best of health and Eeman.
Al Haafidh ibn Rajab mentioned in the commentary of the Tabiqaat of
Al Hanaabila (196/1) in the biography of Al Qaadi Abi Bakr Muhammad
Abdul Al Baaqi Al Bazzaz who died in the year 535 after the
migration of the Messenger of ALLAH, peace and blessing be upon him.
Sheik Saalih Abu Al Qaasim Al Khazaz Al Bagdadi said, "I heard Al
Qaadi Abi Bakr Muhammad Abdul Al Baaqi Al Bazzaz Al Ansaari say:
"I used to live in the vicinity of Mecca, may ALLAH the Exalted
protect it. One day I was stricken with severe hunger and I did not
find anything to fight against this hunger. Then, I found a bag made
from silk, tied with a tassel that was also made from silk, so I
grabbed it and took it to my house.
When I unfastened it I found in it a necklace made from pearls such
that I had not seen the like of before. When I exited my house I saw
an old man that was seeking this bag, with him was a torn rag
containing five hundred dinars and he was saying:
"This is for the one who returns to me the bag containing the
pearls." I said (to myself), "I am in need, I am hungry, so I will
take this money and benefit from it and return to him the bag."
So I said to him, "Come to me" and I took him and brought him to my
He gave me the description of the bag, the tassel, the pearls along
with their number, and the description of the thread that fastened
it. Then, I removed it from the bag and gave it to him, upon which
he gave me the five hundred dinars, but I did not take it.
Then I said to him, "It is incumbent upon me to return this to you
and I will not take any reward for it." He said to me, "You must
take it", and he persisted in this, but I would not take it from him
so he left me and went about his way.
As for me, I didn't have anything so I left Mecca and began sailing
in the sea. The ship tore apart and everyone aboard it drowned and
their wealth was destroyed. I was saved by holding onto a piece of
the ship and remained for a period of time in the sea not knowing
where I was going.
I then arrived at an island that was inhabited by people. I sat in
some of their masajids and the people heard me reading (the Qur'an),
and there did not remain anyone on the island except that he came to
me and said, "Teach me the Qur'an", through this I acquired from the
people a lot of wealth.
Then I saw in the masjid some paper from a Mushaf, I took it and
began to read it. They said to me, "Do you have good handwriting?" I
said yes. So they said, "Teach me handwriting" and came to me with
their children from amongst the small kids and the young men and I
used to teach them. I acquired from this also, a lot of wealth.
After this they said to me, "We have a young orphan girl who has
some things from the dunya, (worldly wealth) we would like for you
to marry her." I refused, but they said, "It is a must!" And they
made this incumbent upon me, so I agreed.
After they married her to me, I turned my glance toward her and I
found that exact same necklace hanging around her neck! At this time
I did not busy myself with anything except staring at this necklace.
So they said to me:
"Oh Sheikh! You have broken this young orphan girl's heart by
looking at this necklace, and you have not even looked at her."
I relayed to them the story of the necklace, and they screamed and
yelled out, "There is no deity worthy of worship except ALLAH,
ALLAHU AKBAR," until it reached everyone on the island.
I asked, "What is with you?" They said, "The old man that took the
necklace from you is the father of this young girl." He used to
say, "I have not found in the dunya (world) a Muslim (what is meant
here is a trustworthy, kind hearted, one who knows the rights of
found property) except the one who returned to me this necklace."
And he used to make duaa (supplication) saying, "Oh ALLAH, join me
and him together so that I may marry him to my daughter", and now it
I remained with her for a period of time and was provided with two
sons by her. Then she passed away, so I inherited the necklace, my
two sons and I. Then my two sons died, therefore the necklace became
mine. So I sold the necklace for one hundred thousand dinar, and the
money that you see me with now is what is left over from that
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