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”.
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?”
….. 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?”
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?
….. three nights, though having no bodily defect.” [Maryam (19):10]
I said: “I see, you don’t have any food with you to eat?”
“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?”
….. 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?”
…..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.”
….. 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 ?”
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?”
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.”
…..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?”
…..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.
“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 ?”
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?”
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?”
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?
…..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.