The Woman Who Was The Master Of Bayazid Bestami (ra)

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It is said that when Bayazid Bestami was asked who his master was, he explained: She was an old woman. One day, I was possessed by such ecstasy and yearning and sense of unity that not even a hair of anything else could be found in me. In this selfless mood, I went for a stroll in the desert, where I happened to meet an elderly lady burdened with a bag of flour. She asked me to carry the flour for her, but I was incapable of taking it, so … [Read more...]

Humble Beginnings

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Humble Beginnings When Ayaz first arrived at the court of Mahmud, he possessed only a tattered shawl and an old piece of fur. After donning the clothing of the court, he kept his old clothing locked in a room. Everyday, he would enter the room by himself for a few moments and look at his old clothing, while addressing himself, "Ayaz, not long ago you arrived here with these tattered clothes, but today you are closely attached to the King. … [Read more...]

Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (ra)

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Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud (ra)   Once Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (ra) went to the market. He had his companions with him. He picked up something to buy. He began searching for his money to make the payment. He had actually placed the money in a small bag in his Imamah (turban), at the back. So he began fumbling around for it and he discovered that his bag had disappeared and there was no money. So Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (ra) said to his companions who … [Read more...]

Imām Hāfiz Abul Qāsim Áli Ibn Hasan Ibn Ásākir (رحمه الله)

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  He was a very pious 'Alim, who gathered the mutūn (texts of the Ahādith) and the Asānīd (the chains of narrators). He was a master in the analysis of Hadith and he wrote many books, one of which is ‘Tārīkh Dimashq’ in 80 volumes in which he has included some very amazing and rare facts. It is a biography of all the 'Ulamā who lived in or came to Damascus. Once my (Ibn Khallikān) Ustādh , Hāfiz Abū Muhammad … [Read more...]

THE STORY OF THE HERDSMAN AND NABI MOOSA (A.S.)

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  So actually the herdsman, in the troubled state of his excessive love for Allah, was opening his heart as I have further mentioned in my urdu Mathnavi  (Hakim Akhtar). "This is the story of a herdsman In the time of Nabi Moosa (A.S.). In a sincere search for his Lord, While on the fringe of the desert plains And while weeping sadly and distressed With burning Divine Love from within. One day the herdsman, … [Read more...]

THE STORY OF THE VEILED KINO

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  Maulana Rumi (R.A.) says: "Create the bounty of madness in your heart (of His love) Not by intelligence alone will you reach to the truth." (For if the mind is not enlightened by revelation, It is better to remain an ignorant one.) A special quality of this Love is that one desires to sit down in solitude, remembering his Beloved, which brings great ecstasy. For this reason the silence of the desert is so … [Read more...]