Monday, August 24, 2009

The Abdaal

Hadhrat Anas Bin Maalik (radhiallahu anhu)narrated that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that there are 40 Abdaal in his Ummat. Twenty two of them are in Shaam (Syria) and 18 are in Iraq. When o­ne of them dies, Allah Ta`ala appoints someone to fill the vacancy. When Qiyaamah is nearby, they will all die.

(Abdaal - this is a class of Auliyaa whose identities are secret. They execute a variety of duties imposed o­n them by Allah Ta`ala).

The Wisdom of a Majnoon

A Majnoon who in fact was a man of lofty intelligence was coming from the qabrustaan. Someone asked him: "From where are you coming?"

He said: "I am coming from a caravan that has camped here."

The person said: "Did you speak to them? What did you ask them and what did they say?"

The Majnoon said: "I asked them when they would be departing. They replied: ‘When you come here.’"

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Poor and the Wealthy

Hadhrat Abu Darda (radhiallahu anhu) said: "The wealthy eat and we (the Fuqaraa) also eat. They wear garments and so do we. Neither do they derive benefit from the excess wealth (which they hoard) nor do we gain any benefit (from their excess wealth). o­n the Day of Qiyaamah, an account will be demanded from them of this wealth, but not from us. Our wealthy brethren have not acted justly. While they love us (or claim so) for Allah’s Sake, they do not include us in their wealth. Such a day will dawn when they will wish that o­n earth they had been Fuqaraa, while we will not wish that we should have been wealthy."

The Complaint of the FUQARAA

Hadhrat Anas Bin Maalik (radhiallahu anhu) narrates that o­nce the Fuqaraa sent a representative to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). He said to Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam): "I am the delegate of the fuqaraa." Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: "I regard as my friends those whose delegate you are."

The delegate said: "The fuqaraa say that all goodness has been acquisitioned by the wealthy, while we are deprived. In fact, the wealthy have gained Jannat. They perform Hajj while we lack the means for it. They give Sadaqah, while we are unable. They free slaves while we lack this ability. When they are sick, they transform their wealth into a treasure (by means of charity)."

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

"Inform them that those among you who are patient and have the niyyat of attaining thawaab, for them are three such ranks which are not for the wealthy. The first rank: In Jannat will be some mansions of red Yaqoot (a precious stone of Jannat) which will be situated at extremely lofty heights. The people of Jannat will look at these mansions in the same way as the people of the earth look at the stars. Besides a Nabi; a Shaheed and a Mu`min Faqeer, no o­ne will enter.

The second rank: The fuqaraa will enter Jannat 500 years before the wealthy.

The third rank: When a faqeer recites with sincerity:

he gains such thawaab which the wealthy will not acquire even if they spend 10 000 Dirhams (in the Path of Allah). This is the superiority of the faqeer over the wealthy in all deeds of virtue."

When the delegate informed the fuqaraa of this message, they exclaimed in ecstacy: "O Allah! We are pleased! We are pleased!"