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Things Aren’t Always What They Seem.

Post by Aysha Bash on Wed 02 Mar 2016, 3:17 pm

The Personal Relationship Between a
Scholar and His Student.
Imam Ahmad used to mention the virtues
of his sheikh, Imam Al-Shafi’ee to his wife.
He would mention to her the extensive and
superb knowledge of Imam Al-Shafi’ee as
well as his taqwah (i.e. piety). Imam Ahmad
invited Imam Al-Shafi’ee to come visit him
at his home. When the time for dinner
arrived, Imam Al-Shafi’ee ate until he was
full and went to the guest room for some
The wife of Imam Ahmad said to him: “O
Ahmad! Is this the same Shafi’ee that you
used to tell me so much about?” Imam
Ahmad said: “Indeed he is!” So she said: “I
noticed three things about him worthy of
criticism! Firstly, when we served him the
food, he ate plenty of it! Secondly, when he
went into the guest room, he went to sleep
without standing up to perform the night
prayer (i.e. tahujjud)! Lastly, when he
prayed Salat ul Fajr with us, he did not
perform ablution (i.e. wudhu)?!
So Imam Ahmad went to Imam Al-Shafi’ee
to ask him about these three matters his
wife noticed. Imam Al-Shafi’ee said to him,
(the way a father would explain to his son):
“O Ahmad! I ate plenty because I know for
certain that your food is halal (i.e.
permissible islamically) and you are a
generous man! And the food that comes
from a generous man is a cure, while the
food that comes from a stingy man is a
However, I didn’t eat plenty of food in
order to achieve my fill; rather I ate plenty
of your food in order to derive the cure
from it! As for the reason I didn’t stand up
at night to perform the night prayer, when I
laid my head down to get some sleep, I
looked and all I could see was the Book of
Allah and the Sunnah of His Prophet
(Sallahu alaihi wa salam) right in front of
my face! So I deducted 72 fiqh related
benefits from them for the Muslims to
benefit from. Thus there was no
opportunity for me to stand and perform
the night prayer!
As for the reason why I prayed Salat ul Fajr
without performing ablution, by Allah! My
eyes never tasted the sweetness of sleep in
order for me to renew my wudhu!! I was
awake the whole night, so I prayed Salat ul
Fajr with the same wudhu I had for Salat ul
Collected by Al Hafidh Ibn Hajr in Fath ul
Bari concisely and by Abu Nu’aim in Hilya
tul Awliyaa’
Translated by Abu Azzubayr Shadeed

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