A Man from Egypt

One of the wise men of the past said:

“I passed by a village in Egypt seeking to engage in Ribat (guarding the Muslim frontier against the disbelievers), when suddenly I passed by a man in sitting in the dark. His was missing his eyes, as well as his hands and legs. He was suffering all types of difficulty, while saying: “Praise be to You, Allah – a praising that combines the praises of all of Your Creation – for what You have blessed me with, and preferred me greatly over many of those whom You have Created.”

So, I said to him: “For what blessing are you praising Allah? For what preference are you thanking Him for? By Allah, I do not see any type of difficulty except that you are experiencing it!”

So, he said: “Do you not see what has happened to me? By Allah, if He were to cause the heavens to rain fire down upon me, and I were to be burned up because of it, and He were to command the mountains to crush me, and He were to command the oceans to drown me, I would not increase except in praising and thanks to Him, and I request something of you: I have a daughter who used to serve me and break my fast with me. Can you see if you can find her?”

I said to myself: “By Allah, I hope that in fulfilling the request of this pious servant, I will gain nearness to Allah – the Mighty and Majestic.” So, I went out looking for her in the desert to discover that she had been eaten by wild beasts. I said to myself: “To Allah we belong and to Him we return! How will I tell this pious servant that his daughter had died?” So, I went to him and asked him: “Are you better in the Sight of Allah than Prophet Ayyub? Allah put him to trial with his wealth and his children and family.”

He replied: “No, rather, Ayyub is better!”

I said: “Well, the daughter that you had asked me to find, I found that she has been eaten by wild beasts.”

He said: “Praise be to Allah who has taken me out of this World without putting in my heart any love for it.” Then he collapsed and died.

I said: “To Allah we belong and to Him we return! Who will help me to wash his body and bury it?” Suddenly, a group of horsemen engaging in Ribat passed by, so I motioned for them to stop. They came over, so I informed them of what had happend, so we washed the man’s body, shrouded it and buried it in this village, and the group of men then went on their way.

I spent the night in the village unable to leave this man. When a third of the night had passed, I began dreaming that I was with him in a green garden. He was wearing two beautiful green garments, and he was standing up and reciting the Qur’an. I said to him: “Are you not my companion from yesterday?”

He said: “Yes, I am.”

I said: “How did you reach your current state (of health and happiness)?”

He replied: “I have reached a level that none of the patient reach, except those who are patient during times of calamity and thankful during times of ease.””

[‘Sifat as-Safwah’; 2/452]

5 Responses to “A Man from Egypt”

  1. Umm Muqatil Says:

    Quote: “He replied: “I have reached a level that none of the patient reach, except those who are patient during times of calamity and thankful during times of ease.”

    Should it not be: “…patient during times of ease and thankful during times of calamity.”?

    Wassalamu ‘alaykum.

  2. ‘Alayki as-Salam wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuh;

    No, as the Arabic says صبر عند البلاء و الشكر عند الرخاء

    Logically, a person needs patience when a calamity strikes, and should be thankful when things are going easy.

  3. Umm Muqatil Says:

    Ok tayyib. I thougt so because I read an article in which Ibnul-Qayyim said that patience in times of ease is more difficult than in times of calamity. And also, it’s more difficult to be thankful in times of calamity than in times of ease.

    Wassalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah

  4. Sherali Shivji Says:

    Asalaam Alaikum Rahamtullah Wa Barakatu. Makes one to feel Allah’s Rahamat and blessings May Allah bless all humanbeings on this earth.Salaam Sherali Shivji

  5. i really thank you all

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