The Herbalist Pays Back His Debts by the Blessings of the Prophet

Once upon a time, a herbalist was living in al-Karekh, a town near Baghdad. He owed a lot of people money, but did not have enough to repay them. The lenders were asking for their money and he did not know what to do. So he closed his store and stayed at home, making du^a’ and asking Allah by the virtue of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to ease his hardships. One night, as he was sleeping, he saw Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in his dream. The herbalist told the Prophet about his situation and his sufferings. The Prophet told him to go to the Minister ^Aliyy ibn ^Isa, because he had ordered the minister to pay 400 dinars to the herbalist. When the morning came, the herbalist went happily to the minister, who was like the ruler of the town. At the...

Greed and the Three Loaves of Bread

Prophet Jesus, peace be upon him, was an honorable prophet. At his time, the people wanted to accompany him because of the blessings, and to take advantage of the goodness he had. One day, Prophet Jesus was walking with a man, and they reached a riverbank. They sat to eat some bread, as they had three loaves of bread with them. They ate two, and one loaf was left. Prophet Jesus got up to drink water, and when he returned, he found the third and last loaf of bread missing. Prophet Jesus asked the man who was with him about the loaf; the man said he did not know anything about it. So they set out walking again, reaching the edge of the forest. They saw a deer with her two baby fawns. Prophet Jesus pointed to one of the fawns and it came running towards him. He...

The Story of Harun ar-Rashid’s Son

The Abassy caliph Harun ar-Rashid had a son, who was very modest and humble. He left the worldly pleasures and followed the way of the pious people. He would often visit the cemetery to remember death. He would stand in front of the graves and address those in them, saying, “You were before us and used to rule the land. What did that benefit you now that you are in your graves?” Then he would weep. One day, he entered his father’s session. He was wearing very simple clothes that did not have any designs or fancy embroidery. The people present in the session were shocked by this. When the people reproached him, a karamah occurred for him. He called on a bird that was perched on a windowsill, saying, “Bird, by the One who created you, I command you to come to my...

The Story of Malik ibn Dinar

Once upon a time, there was a man called Malik ibn Dinar. He was a sinful person who used to drink alcohol, and he was drowning in his sins. Malik had a young daughter, whom he loved dearly. When he wanted to drink alcohol, however, she would tip the bottle over and spill its contents. When she reached two years of age, she passed away, causing Malik great grief and sadness. One night, Malik went to sleep after consuming alcohol, and without praying. He dreamt that the Day of Judgment had come and people had risen from their graves. They were all gathered, and he was amongst them. While Malik was standing with the people, he heard some noise behind him. When he turned around, he came face to face with a huge, frightening dragon—that is, a huge python. The...

The Story of Dinar al-^Iyar

Dinar al-^Iyar was a man drowning in his sins. He continuously paid no attention to his pious mother’s warnings. One day, he passed by a graveyard and saw a bone deserted on the ground. He tried to pick it up, but soon it crumbled between his fingers. He said, “Woe Dinar, you will be like that one day. Your bones will crumble and your body will turn to soil.” Dinar vowed to repent to Allah. He went to his mother, pale in the face, and asked her what happens to the slave who tries to run away from his master, but gets caught in the act. She said he would be forced to wear rough clothes, his food downgraded, his hands and legs chained to hamper his movement. As a sign of repentance, Dinar asked his mother to do exactly that to him, and she did. Each day and night,...

The Generosity of the Virtuous Family of the Prophet

It was narrated that one year, al-Hasan and al-Husayn, sons of ^Aliyy ibn Abi Talib, and ^Abdullah ibn Ja^far, their cousin, may Allah raise their ranks, left the enlightened Madinah and headed toward the honorable Makkah to perform Hajj. While traveling, they ran out of food and became very hungry and thirsty. The three honorable relatives passed by an old woman’s tent and asked her, “Do you have anything for us to drink?” She replied that she did. She only had one small sheep, so they milked the sheep and drank from its milk. Then they asked the woman for food, and she told them to slaughter the sheep and eat its meat, which they did. When they had finished eating, the three honorable men asked the lady to seek them out in al-Madinah after their return from...

The Excellence of a Pious Woman

This is a story that rarely happens. It took place a long time ago, when a princess lived happily and peacefully, worshipping Allah in her father’s place. The worldly pleasures and luxuries did not attract her; rather, she spent her time learning about Islam, making dhikr, performing obedient acts, and helping the needy. One day, a prince came, asking for her hand in marriage. The prince, however, was not a good person, but rather unjust and violent. The princess thought about her situation and realized that she should marry a pious, humble man who would assist her in the matters of the religion. So she did not marry the prince. The princess ordered one of her maids to search for a kind, pious, poor man whom she could marry. The servant wandered the streets until...

Dhunun al-Misriyy and the Scorpion

Imam Dhunun al-Misriyy’s name is Thuban ibn Ibrahim. He was from an-Nawbah, an area in Egypt. He was tan and very beautiful. More importantly, he had a lot of knowledge. People would always gather around him to learn. He would teach them the important matters to save them from the evil and haram things. Among his famous sayings is one that cleared Allah from having a shape or form. He said, “Whatever you imagine in your mind, Allah is different from that.” One day, Imam Dhunun al-Misriyy went to the Nile River to wash his clothes. As he was preparing to do so, he saw a large scorpion coming toward the shore. He got a bit fearful, so he sought protection from Allah, that the scorpion would not harm him; a scorpion’s sting is very harmful and can often cause death....

The Policeman and the Fisherman

Yaser, the fisherman, came every morning to the seashore. First, he would make du^a’, then he would start fishing. When he caught a fish or two, he would take them to the market and sell them, to bring back food for his wife and children. That day, however, was different. After Yaser caught a fish, he was surprised by a policeman, who came up behind him and snatched the fish from his hand. Yaser asked the policeman to pay for the fish, but the policeman refused, even hitting Yaser, who fell to the ground. Yaser made du^a’ against the policeman. When the policeman reached his house and began cleaning the fish, he put his fingers into its mouth. The fish tightly shut its jaws and as a result the policeman could not get his fingers out, although he tried very hard....

The Wonders of Goodness

Long ago, a pious man by the name of Shaykh Safwan became paralyzed on one side. He could not move his hand or foot, and he was in great pain. Shaykh Safwan lived with his wife, and she took care of him, giving him medication and spending many long nights making sure he was as comfortable as could be. Shaykh Safwan was sick for a long time, and as a result, could not eat many foods. One day, though, he craved chicken. When he told his wife, she was very happy to hear that he wanted something. It was very important for him to eat so he could regain his strength. Shaykh Safwan’s wife went to the market and bought a chicken, along with all the other things for the side dishes she would prepare. She went home and prepared the meal with great care. She wanted her...