‘Abdullah ‘Azzam’s Immense Zuhd

“…Believe me when I tell you that I hate buying new things, new clothes, etc.

One day, I came home to find new sponge cushions with matching sheets. When I saw them, I lost my mind. I said: “By Allah, women have no religion. This must go…where did this come from?” They said: “It is a gift.” I said: “It must leave the house. It cannot remain in the house,” and I spoke such words to my wife that she was going to pass out. By Allah, she was going to pass out and lose consciousness, and she began to shake. I began to fear for her sanity, by Allah.

But, believe me, brothers, I did not enter the house. Really, I said: “Where did this gift come from?”

She said: “Why does it matter to you? Your guests are here day and night, coming in and out, and I wash the sheets of these mattresses and change them. I change them everyday because the cotton in these Pakistani sheets gets stuck in the creases of the cushions. I am tired, and I found some gold that I had, which I then spent on this to relieve myself a bit.”

I said to her: “While the Mujahidin are dying of hunger?”

She said: “I donated a third of the value to the Mujahidin.”

I said to her: “Even then, it cannot remain.”

From then until now, believe me when I tell you that I never enter the home and see these except that my chest becomes tight. Believe me, we tried removing them from the home in a way that would not result in her passing out again, and may Allah Forgive us all…”

A footnote to this story says that the Shaykh remained insistent upon this until he finally sold the cushions and sheets to a brother for less than their original price.

[‘Fi Dhilal Surat at-Tawbah’; p. 222]

2 Responses to “‘Abdullah ‘Azzam’s Immense Zuhd”

  1. “I lost my mind. I said: “By Allah, women have no religion….I spoke such words to my wife that she was going to pass out. By Allah, she was going to pass out and lose consciousness, and she began to shake.”

    Akhi, isn’t this kind of harshness really extreme? To accuse someone of such a thing and humiliate them so harshly for this?

  2. zanzabeel Says:

    Masha’Allah I would of liked to one of Abdullahs Azzams rahimullah) wives he does know women but not all women you do find a few that are not interested in the duniah at all , no offence to his wife as she was a blessed woman to have had his company Sabhan Allah what a mind I love that man fee sabililah and am looking forward to talking with him in Jannah insha’Allah [ your with those you love ]
    Allah protect you brother I love this site too

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