Leave him…

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A visitor went to Malik bin Dinar (rahimahu Llah), who was sitting alone. A dog had sat next to Malik (rahimahu Llah) & had put its head on one of his knees. When the visitor made to push the dog away, Imam Malik (rahimahu Llah) said,

Leave him. He neither harms nor annoys. He is better than someone who is wicked.

Killed by Allah’s Sword of Love

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Hadhrat Maalik Bin Dinaar (rahmatullahi alayh) narrates:

“On my way to Hajj, I met a man who was proceeding on foot to Baitullah. He was walking delightfully, all in eager. He had neither food not water nor any provisions whatsoever for the road. I made salaam to him. After he responded, I said:

O young man! From where are you coming?

Young man:

I come from Him.

Maalik:

Where are you going?

Young man:

To Him.

Maalik:

Where are your provisions for the journey?

Young man:

It is His responsibility.

Maalik:

How can you traverse a journey without food and water?

Young man:

Yes! When I set out from home, I had five huroof (letters) for provisions.

Maalik:

Which letters?

Young man:

Kaaf, Yaa, Haa, Ain, Swaad.

Maalik:

What are their meanings?

Young man:

Kaaf means Kaafi (i.e. He Who is Sufficient). Haa means Haadi (i.e. The Guide). Yaa means The One Who gives Refuge or place. Ain means Aalim (The Knower). Swaad means Saadiq (The Truthful One). The man whose companion is self  sufficient, the guide, the giver of a place, the knower and the truthful, will not be destroyed. He has no fear and he is not in need of provisions.

Hadhrat Maalik Bin Dinaar offered his kurta to the young man. Refusing, he said:

O Sheikh! It is better to be without a kurta of the world. There will be a reckoning demanded (on the Day of Qiyaamah) for halaal things and punishment for haraam things.

When all the people donned Ihraam and proclaimed “Labbaik”! I said:

Don’t you say Labbaik?

The young man said:

O Sheikh! I fear to say Labbaik! Perhaps the Divine Response will be Laa Labbaik! Wa Laa Sa`daika! (Your presence is not accepted.)

So saying, he left. Hadhrat Maalik Bin Dinaar says:

Then I saw him again in Minaa. He was proclaiming; ‘My Friend is He who loves that I be killed. For him my blood is lawful in the Haram. O you who criticize! Don’t criticize me for His Love, for if you should see His excellence and beauty which I am seeing, you will never be saved (from death). Like me, you too will sacrifice your life at the altar of His Love. People have sacrificed animals on the Day of Eid, while my friend has sacrificed my life.

O Allah! People have gained Your Proximity by sacrificing animals. Besides my life I have nothing to sacrifice. I offer this life to You. You accept it.

He then emitted a loud, chilling shriek and fell down dead. A voice proclaimed:

He is the friend of Allah. He has been killed by Allah. He has been killed by the Sword of Allah.

Maalik Bin Dinaar (rahmatullahi alayh) performed his burial. That night Hadhrat Maalik slept in great agitation and restlessness. In a dream he saw the young man and enquired about his condition. The young man said:

Allah ta’ala treated me like the Shuhadaa of Badr. Infact, he gave me more.

Maalik asked in his dream:

Why did He give you more?

Young man:

The Shuhadaa of Badr were killed by the swords of the kuffaar, whereas I was killed by the Sword of Allah’s Love.

– from the book “Orchards of love.-

What are you doing?

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If you see that your heart is becoming hard and your body is becoming weak and your provision is decreasing, know that you are involved in that which doesn’t concern you.

– Malik ibn Dinar rahimahu Llah –

A Young Man’s Fear of Allah

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One day, Malik bin Dinar (rahimahu Llah) was passing by a place when he noticed a young man wearing old clothes and crying by the roadside. His name was Uthbah. Sweat was dripping down his body even though the temperature was very cold at that time. Malik bin Dinar became very surprised at this scene and asked Uthbah,

“Oh young man, why are you crying? And why are you sweating during this cold temperature?”

Uthbah replied,

“Once, I committed a sin at this place. Today, as I was passing by this place, I remembered that sin.”

– Source: Obtained from the book “Tambihul Ghafileen” by Shaikh Abul Laith Samarkandi –