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An amazing incident of possessiveness and self honour


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On one occasion a lady made a claim of five hundred gold coins against her husband in the court of Judge Musa ibn Ishaq, which the husband denied. The wife’s lawyer proved the claim by producing witnesses. However one of the witnesses insisted that he has to see her face (which was veiled) in order to give witness in her favour. Therefore he stood up to see her face and she stood up as well.

Witnessing this, the husband’s self honour and dignity drove him to exclaim: ‘Why should a strange man’s eyes be allowed to gaze at my wife? I personally confess in the presence of the judge that I do owe my wife five hundred gold coins as her dowry, but I will never allow my wife to reveal her face to a strange man.’ Hearing this self honour and dignity of her husband, the wife replied that I make those present as witness that I have gifted the entire amount to my husband.

The judge Musa ibn Ishaq exclaimed that this should be included among the incidents of exemplary character.

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Abu Muslim Al Khawlani (rahimahullah) fasting while on journey


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A few people from Damascus once came to visit Abu Muslim Al-Khawlani (rahimahullah) while he was out in battle in the land of Rome. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) had dug a pit within his tent, lined the pit with a piece of leather and filled it with water. He thereafter entered the water and began to roll in it from side to side (in order to cool his body).

When the group from Damascus entered and saw Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) in the water, [they understood that he was fasting] and asked him, “Why are you fasting, whereas you are a traveler”. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) replied, “If there is a need to fight, I will break my fast and prepare to fight by strengthening myself (through eating).”

Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) then continued, “Horses cannot reach their destination while they are fat. They are only able to move swiftly when they are thin. Alas! The remaining days of our lives are passing us by, and it is for these days that we are striving by exerting ourselves in worship.”

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Imam Ibn Khuzaymah’s du’a when drinking Zamzam


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  سئل [ابن خزيمة] من أين أوتيت العلم؟ فقال: قال رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم- ماء زمزم لما شرب له وإني لما شربت، سألت الله علما نافع

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