Category Archives: Inspirational Stories

‘O Allah! Do not cause me to become famous but take me back to You!’


‘Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak: ‘I was in Makkah when the people were afflicted with a drought. So they all came out to Masjid al-Haram for Istisqaa’ (prayer for rain) but they were not granted rain, and to my side was a … Continue reading

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“And was this showing off, O Sufyan?”


One year, while Sufyan Ath-Thawri was performing pilgrimage in the company of Shaiban Ar-Ra’i, a lion appeared before their traveling party on the road they were traveling upon. Sufyan said to Shaiban: “Look how this lion is blocking the way … Continue reading

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“Describe ‘Ali to me”


After Ali died , Mu`awiyah bin Abi Sufyan said to Dirar bin Damrah “Describe ‘Ali to me.” “Will you not excuse me from answering you,” said Dirar. “No, describe him,” insisted Mu`awiyah. “Please excuse me from doing so,” said Dirar. … Continue reading

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The Advice of Al-Hasan


Al-Hasan (rahimahullaah) once wrote the following short letter to Umar bin Abdul-Aziz (rahimahullaah): “Fear what Allah told you to fear. Take what is in your hands, and use it for what is to come (i.e.,the Hereafter). At the moment of … Continue reading

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Temptation


It is related that a group of people were once seated in the company of Al-Hasan Al-Basri, when some men passed by, dragging along with them a body of a dead man. When Al-Hasan saw the dead man, a glint … Continue reading

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Then How will YOU withstand the FIRE of the Hereafter?


Abdullah bin Marzuq, who was a close friend of the ruler Al-Mahdi, was drunk one day and consequently missed the congregational prayer. His female servant came to him with a piece of burning wood and placed it on his leg. … Continue reading

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The Advice Of Abu Bakr As-Siddiq On His Deathbed


When he was on his deathbed, Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhu) summoned for Umar (radiallaahu anhu) to come him.When the latter arrived, Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “Verily, I want to give you some final advice-if you will accept it from … Continue reading

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“I did not come here to look at elephants.”


It was narrated, regarding Yahya bin Yahya: “…that when he was a young boy, he travelled from al-Andalus to Madinah in order to study with al-Imam Malik. One day, he was attending a lesson, along with Malik’s students. Suddenly, someone … Continue reading

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By Allaah I will not eat any good food or sleep on any soft bed until I know whether my abode is in Paradise or Hell.”


Ibn al-Jawzi (rahimahullaah) said: There was a king who had a lot of wealth, and he had a daughter and no other children. He loved her very much, and he used to let her enjoy all kinds of entertainment. This … Continue reading

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The Lamp


Al-Qasim bin Muhammad said: “We were on a journey with Ibn al-Mubarak, and I was always asking myself: What is so special about this man that he is so famous? If he prays, so do we. If he fasts, so do we. … Continue reading

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