An incident regarding Abu Bakr Al Miski

Question

I would like to know if this incident is true?

It is reported that Abu Bakr al-Miski was once asked: “We always find a good scent emanating from you, why or how?”

He replied: “By Allah, for years I have not used any perfume, but the reason for the good smell has to do with what I passed through. A woman once tricked me into entering her home. Then she closed and locked the door behind her, after which she began to seduce me. I became utterly bewildered as to what I should do, for I had no options before me. I said to her: “I need to go and purify myself.” She ordered her servant to take me to the bathroom, and when I entered it, I took faeces in my hand and wiped it all over my body. Then I returned to her in that state. Shocked to see me like that, the woman ordered that I be removed from her home. I left and immediately had a bath.

That very night I saw a dream; in it, it was said to me: “You have done that which no else has ever done before. I will make your smell good and pure in this world and in the hereafter.”

When I woke up, the smell of perfume was emanating from my body, and it has continued to emanate from my body until this very moment.”

 

Answer

This incident is cited in At Targhib Wat Tarhib of Imam ‘Abdullah ibn As’ad Al Yafi’i (Demise: 768 A.H) without a chain.

(At Targhib Wat Tarhib, pg. 165)

 

I have not come across a chain of narrators for this incident.

(Also see: Mawsu’atul Akhlaq Waz Zuhd War Raqaiq, vol. 1 pg. 281)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar