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Showing Compassion to the creation of Allah

Hazrat Shibli’s (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) manner of compassion to an ant

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Showing Compassion to the creation of Allah

grainShaikh Sa’di (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) mentions:

Hazrat Shibli (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) purchased some grain from the city. Thereafter he tied it in a cloth, placed it on his head and carried it to his village. When he reached home he opened the bundle. He saw that in the grain there was an ant running about in distress. Hazrat became extremely worried that perhaps the distress of the ant is due to being separated from a close associate. Perhaps its heart is uneasy due to the separation. Hazrat spent the entire night without a wink of sleep. The next morning he tied the cloth into a bundle again and travelled to the place where he had purchased the grain. When he reached the shop, he opened the bundle and released the ant. Can we ever imagine a person with such a heart of love and compassion causing pain and hurt to any human being?  (Jawaahir Paare)

The incident of Hazrat Amr ibn ‘Aas (Radiyallahu Anhu) and the pigeon egg

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Showing Compassion to the creation of Allah

nestMufti Muhammad Taqi Uthmani (Daamat Barakaatuh) writes:

In the time of Hadhrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu), Hadhrat Amr ibn ‘Aas (Radiyallahu Anhu) was sent to conquer Egypt by Hazrat Umar (Radiyallahu Anhu). The army reached the city of Cairo and laid siege on it which lasted for approximately six months. Hazrat Amr ibn ‘Aas (Radiyallahu Anhu) erected a large tent in front of the city. When it was time to dismantle the tent, Hazrat Amr ibn ‘Aas (Radiyallahu Anhu) saw that a pigeon had laid an egg on top of the tent. He feared that if the army dismantled the tent, then in the process the pigeon egg could break. Not wishing to cause the least amount of pain to this creation of Allah Ta’ala (i.e. the pigeon), Hadhrat Amr ibn ‘Aas (Radiyallahu Anhu) commanded that the tent remain as is until the egg hatches and the chick is able to fly. Thus, the tent remained in that condition until the egg hatched and the baby bird was able to fly.  (Jawaahir Paare)

The hearts of the Awliyaa (The true friends of Allah Ta’ala)

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Showing Compassion to the creation of Allah

heart of goldThere was a person who used to harbor enmity towards Hazrat Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) throughout his life. He always tried to cause harm to Hazrat and exhausted all his energies in bringing disrepute to him. When this person passed away, and the news of his death reached Hazrat Nizaamuddeen Awliyaa (Rahmatullahi Alaihi), Hazrat (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) immediately set out to the place where he was buried and stood at the head side of the grave and supplicated to Allah Ta’ala in the following words: “O Allah, whatever this person said, did or even thought off to cause harm to me then I have forgiven him, so O Allah, I beg You to forgive him. O Allah, I do not wish that on account of the harm he caused to me, You should punish him.”

Hazrat Nizaamuddeen (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) once said to the people: “Always be polite and gentle in your conduct. Persevere patiently the hardships and difficulties of life. Never think of taking revenge for the harm that was caused to you by the servants of Allah.” Thereafter Hazrat recited the following poetry:

“It is our duaa that whoever does not wish to befriend us then may Allah Ta’ala befriend him and whosoever causes harm or pain to us in any way then we forgive him and may Allah Ta’ala bless him throughout his life with ease and comfort.

After a few moments of silence, Hazrat recited these words:

“Whoever spreads thorns in our pathway due to enmity and hatred, may the thorns of his garden of flowers of life be removed (i.e. may he enjoy every moment of his life in happiness)”   (Jawaahir Paare)

Be more Concerned about the Opinion of Allah Ta’ala than the Opinions of People

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Showing Compassion to the creation of Allah

bridgeOnce, a person addressed Hazrat Abu Zarr Ghifaari (Radiyallahu Anhu) in a rude manner and began hurling abuse at him. Hazrat Abu Zarr Ghifaari (Radiyallahu Anhu) replied by saying: “The only barrier between Jannat and I is a valley. If I am able to cross over that valley, then I take an oath by Allah that I am not concerned and troubled by what you have to say. However, if I am unable to cross over and I am left on the other side (i.e. the side of Jahannum) then really I am much worse than all what you have to say.” (Jawaahir Paare)

Tell me One Thing and I will tell you Ten Things

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Showing Compassion to the creation of Allah

flowerOnce someone told Ahnaf ibn Qais (Rahmatullahi Alaihi):

ان قلت لي كلمة اسمعتك عشراً فقال الاحنف لكنك لو قلت لي عشراً لم تسمع مني واحدةً

“If you dare tell me one derogatory word, be prepared to hear ten words from me. In response to this, he (Ahnaf ibn Qais Rahmatullahi Alaihi) replied: “(Be it as it may), however if you wish to tell me ten derogatory words, be rest assured of not hearing even one from me.”

A similar incident has been related about Moulana Jalaaluddeen Rumi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) in the books of history. On one occasion two men were caught up in an argument in the middle of a road. Whilst exchanging vulgar words, one said to the other: “O cursed one! If you are dare tell me one derogatory word, I will make you hear ten words.” Coincidentally Moulana Jalaaluddeen Rumi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) passed by in that direction and said: “Brother, leave him alone. Whatever you wish to say, please say it to me. Even if you have to tell me a thousand things, you will not even hear one from me in response. After hearing this statement from Moulana, both these men caught hold of the feet of Moulana and reconciled among themselves. (Jawaahir Paare)