When the Prophet stood up to leave, Ab­dul­lah ibn Amr fol­lowed the man and said, ‘I am in a dis­pute with my fa­ther and I have sworn not to en­ter my home for three days. May I stay with you?’The man said yes. Ab­dul­lah stayed three nights with the man but he


Over the four­teen years of this Col­umn, as part of ev­ery Sal­lah we do a Barka da Sal­lah where we try to es­chew the rou­tine and the mun­dane, and wax hu­mor­ous or spir­i­tual. For hu­mour, we usu­ally go to READER’S DI­GEST’S ‘Laugh­ter the Best Medicine’ while for the spir­i­tual we visit DON’T BE SAD by A’idh al-Qarni, GEMS AND JEWELS by Ab­dulMa­lik Mu­jahid, and sim­i­lar books.

Last year at a meet­ing in Kaduna, one of the most dili­gent read­ers of this Col­umn, Brother Muham­mad Bashir Mai (mb­ gifted me yet an­other of Mu­jahid’s pub­li­ca­tions, GOLDEN WORDS. He said know­ing the propen­sity of this page to go for such on oc­ca­sion, it would come in handy. Al­hamdu lilLah it has, today.

GOLDEN WORDS is a 300-page tome filled with Is­lamic wis­dom based on his­tor­i­cal nar­ra­tives. It is well an­no­tated with ref­er­ences to the sources of all the sto­ries. Many of the sto­ries may be avail­able on­line, but the clos­est e-copy lo­cated is this re­view at

En­joy a few of the sto­ries. Barka da Sal­lah:

Anas bin Ma­lik nar­rates: “One day while we were sit­ting with the Mes­sen­ger of Al­lah (upon whom be peace), he said: ‘Now there will come be­fore you a man of par­adise.’ A man from the An­sar [peo­ple of Me­dian] came­whose beard was di­shev­elled by the wa­ter of ablu­tion and he was car­ry­ing both of his shoes with his left hand. The next day the Prophet re­peated the same words, and the same man came in the same con­di­tion. The third day the Prophet re­peated the same, and the man came in the same con­di­tion. When the Prophet stood up to leave, Ab­dul­lah ibn Amr fol­lowed the man and said, ‘I am in a dis­pute with my fa­ther and I have sworn not to en­ter my home for three days. May I stay with you?’ The man said yes. Ab­dul­lah stayed three nights with the man but he never saw him pray­ing at night. When­ever he went to bed, he would re­mem­ber Al­lah and rest un­til he woke up for morn­ing prayer. Ab­dul­lah said that he never heard any­thing but good words from man’s mouth. When three nights had passed and he did not see any­thing spe­cial about the man’s ac­tions, Ab­dul­lah asked him, ‘O ser­vant of Al­lah, I have not been in dis­pute with my fa­ther nor have I cut re­la­tions with him. I heard the Prophet say three times that a man from the peo­ple of par­adise was com­ing to us and then you came. I thought I should stay with you to see what you are do­ing so that I should fol­low, but I did not see you do any­thing spe­cial. Why did the Prophet speak so highly of you?’ The man said, ‘I am as you have seen.’ When Ab­dul­lah was about to leave, the man said, ‘I am as you have seen, ex­cept that I do not find dishonesty in my soul to­wards the Mus­lims and I do not envy any­one be­cause of the good that Al­lah has given them.’ Ab­dul­lah said, ‘This is what you have achieved and it is some­thing we have not ac­com­plished.’

Naaseh re­lated to Caliph Abu Ja’far Man­soor: “O Ameeru-ul-Mu’mi­neen! Once, when I trav­elled to China, I learnt that the king of that coun­try had lost his hear­ing and be­come deaf. He wept bit­terly over his af­flic­tion. When his courtiers tried to con­sole him, he said: ‘I’m not weep­ing over the af­flic­tion but be­cause if a man who has been wronged comes to my door, I won’t be able to hear his plea for help.’ Then the king said to his men, ‘Al­right, I’ve lost my hear­ing but not my eye­sight. I can see very well. Go forth now and make an an­nounce­ment that no one shall wear red ex­cept the one who has been wronged.’ After­wards, the king would go out in a char­iot in the af­ter­noon and look around, with eyes wide open, to find out if there was any­one wear­ing a red gar­ment so that he could re­dress his griev­ance.”

“A Western­ised [or sec­u­larised] Mus­lim once poked fun at a stu­dent who was read­ing Sahih Bukhari, the book of Ha­diths of the Prophet (upon whom be peace). ‘They have reached the moon while you are still en­grossed in read­ing Al Bukhari.’ The stu­dent re­torted: ‘You’ve not read AlBukhari nor reached the moon. Now tell me, who is bet­ter, you or me?’”

One day Caliph Ha­roon ar-Rasheed saw his son Ma’moon in his li­brary hold­ing a book and brows­ing through it. Ha­roon ar-Rasheed asked him, ‘What are you hold­ing in your hand?’ Ma’moon replied, ‘A thing that nour­ishes the mind, drives away neg­li­gence and saves from lone­li­ness.’ Ha­roon ar-Rasheed was pleased with his an­swer and asked him, ‘What gift would you like?’ Ma’moon an­swered, ‘Your good ad­vice.’ Hear­ing this, Ha­roon ar-Rasheed said, ‘All praise is for Al­lah who hon­oured me with a son

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