The Lady who only spoke Qur’an

Shaykh Abdullah ibn Mubarak (Rahimahullah) narrates: I left to perform Hajj at the House of Allaah and to visit the grave of the Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam. As I was on my way along the outskirts I noticed something; it was an old woman wearing a woolen outer-garment and a face scarf.

I said: “Assalaamo-Alaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakaatuhu”.

She replied:

Sala’m (peace be on you) – a Word from the Lord (Allaah), Most Merciful. [Ya-sin (36):58]

I said to her: “May Allaah have mercy upon you! What are you doing in this place?”

She replied:

….. And whomsoever Allaah sends astray, for him there is no guide. [Ghaafir (40):33]

From that, I understood that she was lost. I said to her: “Where do you want to go?”

She replied:

Glorified is He who took His slave for a journey by night from Al-Masjid Al-Haraam to the furthest Masjid (in Jerusalem)…..[Al-Israa (17):1]

I gathered that she had performed her pilgrimage and was intending on visiting Bait’ul-

Maqdis. I then asked her: “How long have you been in this place?

She said:

….. three nights, though having no bodily defect.” [Maryam (19):10]

I said: “I see, you don’t have any food with you to eat?”

She replied:

“And it is He Who feeds me and gives me to drink. [Ash-Shu’araa (26):79]

I then said: “With what do you perform Ablution?”

She said:

….. and you find no water, perform Tayammum with clean earth …..[An-Nisaa (4):43]

I said to her: “I have some food, would you like to eat something?”

She said:

…..then complete your Saum (fast) till the nightfall……[Al-Baqarah (2):187]

I said: “It has been allowed for us to break our fast whilst we are traveling.”

She said:

….. And that you fast is better for you if only you know. [Al-Baqarah (2):184]

I said: “Why do you not speak to me the same way as I am speaking to you ?”

She replied:

Not a word does he (or she) utter but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it). [Qaaf (50):18]

I said: “Which people are you from?”

She said:

And follow not that of which you have no knowledge. Verily, the hearing, and the sight, and the heart of each of those ones will be questioned. [Al-Israa (17):36]

I said: “I have committed a mistake, so please excuse me.”

She said:

…..No reproach on you this day; may Allaah forgive you…..[Yusuf (12):92]

I said: “Would you like to ride upon my camel so that you may catch up with your group?”

She said:

…..And whatever good you do, (be sure) Allaah knows it. ….[Al-Baqarah (2):197]

So I made the camel sit down, whereupon she said:

Tell the believing men to lower their gaze…..[An-Nuur (24):30]

So I closed my eyes and told her to sit upon the camel. As she was getting upon the camel, it stampeded causing her clothes to be ripped slightly. Upon that she said:

And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned…..[Ash-Shuraa (42):30]

I told her to get on, she said:

“Glorified is He Who has subjected this to us, and we could have never had it (by our efforts). And verily, to Our Lord we indeed are to return!”[Az-Zukhruf (43):13-14]

I took the rein of the camel and began to move quickly whilst at the same time yelling.

She said:

“And be moderate (or show no insolence) in your walking, and lower your voice……[Luqmaan (31):19]

So I began to walk slowly whilst chanting some lines of poetry. Upon hearing me, she said:

…..So recite as much of the Qur’a^n as may be easy…..[Al-Muzzammil (73):20]

I said to her: “You have been given much goodness.” She replied:

But none remember (will receive admonition) except men of understanding.[Al-Baqarah (2):269]

As we walked some distance, then I said: “Do you have a husband ?”

She replied:

O you who believe! Ask not about things which, if made plain to you, may cause you trouble…..[Al-Maa’idah (5):101]

I then remained quiet and did not speak with her until we arrived to her traveling group. I said to her: “This is your group, who is there from amongst them?”

She said:

Wealth and children are the adornment of the life of this world….[Al-Kahf (18):46]

From this I understood, that she had children. I said to her: “What is their role in the pilgrimage?”

She said:

And landmarks and by the stars, they guide themselves. [An-Nahl (16):16]

From this I knew they were guides for the traveling party. She then went towards the tents that were propped up. I said: “These are tents, who is in them of yours?

She said:

…..And Allaah did take Ibrahim as a Khalil (an intimate friend)! [An-Nisaa (4):125]

…..and to Musa Allaah spoke directly. [An-Nisaa (4):164]

“O Yahya! Hold fast the Scripture……” [Maryam (19):12]

I called out: “O Ibrahim, O Musa, O Yahya”, out came young lads like moon’s shining, greeting us. When they had sat down, she said:

…..So send one of you with this silver coin of yours to the town, and let him find out which is the good lawful food, and bring some of that to you…[Al-Kahf (18):19]

So one of them went, and bought some food and placed it in front of me. She then said:

Eat and drink at ease for that which you have sent on before you in days past! [Al-Haaqqah (69):24]

I said: “Now your food is forbidden upon me until you do not tell me regarding her situation!” They replied: “She is our mother, and she has spent the last forty years speaking only by the verses of the Qur’an; fearful that she may slip, and fall under the wrath of the Most Beneficent. I (Abdullah Ibn Al-Mubarak) then said:

That is the Grace of Allaah which He bestows on whom He is pleased with. And Allaah is the Owner of Great Bounty. [Al-Hadeed (57):21]

Lessons to be learnt:

1. Dont think of a sin as small but think how Great is The One being disobeyed.

2. Think before you speak. The pen is lifted on 3 occasions A. a child who hasnt reached maturity B. During sleep and C. When you lose you mid ie crazy. Everything else is recored.

3. This lady feared for just uttering one word, yet we all backbite, slander, lie, cheat and curse like nothing is going to happen.

4. If you do good then your kids will do good insh’Allah. Look at the ‘Apple, pomegranettes and Milk’ story for more info.

5. Idle talk ie joking excesively, singing uselessly and asking idle questions should be put aside for more Qur’an time.

6. Taking the initiative in the path of Allah swt will be difficult and may seem impossible but steadfastness will achieve ultimate victory.

These lessons apply to me before anyone else out there.

May Allah swt bless us all with wisdom, knowledge and guidance.

27 Responses to “The Lady who only spoke Qur’an”

  1. AH March 14, 2009 at 2:32 pm #

    The story that I was looking for ..

    Barak Allah feek and may Allah give you what you seek with ease and then support you to fulfill the rights of that blessing.


  2. shml April 10, 2009 at 6:29 am #

    trully inspiring mA


  3. shml April 10, 2009 at 6:29 am #

    i’ll fwd this if you dont mind


    • Omar Al-Khattab May 2, 2009 at 1:01 am #

      Go for it ahki :)


  4. ailovyu April 15, 2009 at 3:53 am #



    • Omar Al-Khattab May 2, 2009 at 1:00 am #

      No problem iA.

      There are other articles on similar topics iA. Have a read and spread to others iA

      Make duwaa too :)


  5. Farah May 2, 2009 at 11:34 pm #

    Mashallah a Brilliant story, it makes you realise how we should watch what we say more often.

    • Omar Al-Khattab May 2, 2009 at 11:39 pm #

      Jazakallahaire, very true

  6. ezwanni~~ August 14, 2009 at 4:38 am #

    permission to copy ur article,,

    • Omar Al-Khattab August 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

      100% permission granted for anything on this site Insh’Allah sister :)

      Can i just request that you add my URL of the article on your site/blog etc, That way people can visit this simple blog Insh’Allah.

      Jazakallahaire & Assalamulaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu :)


      • nicodea2 October 5, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

        K i’m stealing your stuff too, but don’t worry i’ll put PLENTY of links to your blog…!!

        Cheers mate, good work! :)

  7. Sehr August 30, 2009 at 11:50 pm #

    Alhamdulillah truly a thought provoking story, truly is amazing, shukran for sharing such a beautiiful

    Really makes you think what sins we must be committing on a daily basis, may allah SWT guide us an forgive us

  8. Sanaa' October 7, 2009 at 2:21 pm #


    Allahu Akbar! beautiful and inspiring, mashallah!

    Can u kindly permit forwarding this post to Would love to share it with friends and family.

    shukran jiddan with duas

    • Omar Al-Khattab October 7, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

      Walaikum Assalam Warahmatullahi Wabarkatuhu Sister,

      Yup go for it iA but please have the link of the article too so that people can log on the website Insh’Allah.

      Jazakallahaire & please make du’aa for me.


  9. Carnation April 30, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    MashAllaah! Me like this alot!

    Alot of lessons to learn subhanAllaah


    I’m linking this too inhaAllaah, Ok?.

    JazakAllahu khayran kathiran.

    Wa3alakum Asalaam

    • Omar Al-Khattab April 30, 2010 at 1:00 am #

      Walaykum Assalam Wrh Wbt,

      Yup all grand i’A, just link it back sis i’A.



  10. MIB July 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    I was looking for this story as it has to do with a lecture I’m currently translating into English. Jazakallah Khayr for the wonderful post, brother.

    Btw, loving the blog; bookmarked it so I can check it out later!

    • Omar Al-Khattab July 19, 2010 at 12:40 am #

      Walaykum Assalam wrh wbt ukhti,

      No worries i’A. Make du’aa for me i’A.



  11. MIB July 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    Salam Alykm w Rahmatullahi Ta’ala w Barakateh,

    I apologize for not beginning with that in the earlier comment! Here’s the post where I used this Riwayah:

    I’ve linked this post as a source, but just wanted to give you a head’s up – Jazakallah Khayr once again, Akhi!

  12. Abda-Allah April 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    Ma-Sha-Allah What an aMazing story, Truly we utter but not know what we utter. May Allah Subhanau-Wa ta-Allah forgive us and make us of those who utter but Good

    Jazakalahu Khairan for this atricle Wa asalam aleykum

  13. Noor-Al Yaqeen January 12, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    سبحان الله May Allah make us like her اللهم امين

    • Omar Al-Khattab January 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

      Ameen, Make duaa for us all to prosper with the best in both dunya & akhirah insh’Allah!

  14. anvar October 6, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    qran.that is truth.contains every thing

  15. sharmin khan February 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    SubhanAllah!!! Let us all make dua that we can achieve, what she has achieved, and why not? As “dua” is the weapon of the believer, and who know’s by Allah Subhanu Wa Ta’la’s infinite mercy some of us may be able to achieve this wonderful neeyamah! Ameen Yaa Rabb!

  16. Omar Al-Khattab May 2, 2009 at 1:03 am #

    Brilliant mA!


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