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I hate to be imitated in the disobedience of Allah!

November 4, 2013 Leave a comment


Ibn Al-Mubarak (May Allah shower him with Mercy) said:

An oppressive [ruler] from among Banu Israel used to kill people for not eating the meat of swine. He remained upon this, until he got hold of a worshipper from among the people of piety from Banu Israel.


The people were greatly stressed by that.


The police commissioner told [that worshipper]: I shall slaughter for you a lamb, so that if that transgressor orders you to eat it, then eat [and do not worry].


When he was later ordered to eat, he refused, so the oppressor [ruler] said: Take him from here and cut his neck.


The police commissioner said to him: What prevented you from eating a roasted lamb?


So he answered: I am a man who is looked up to, and I hate to be imitated in  the disobedience of Allah!

Then he was killed.


[1] Al-Bassaer wa Al-Zakhaaer p. 114


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Supplicating for the ruler [ Point 135: Explanation of the Creed (Kitaab Sharh us-Sunnah) ]

February 5, 2013 Leave a comment


Book Name: Explanation of the Creed (Kitaab Sharh us-Sunnah)

Author: by Abu Muhammad Al-Hasan ibn ‘Alee ibn Khalaf Al-Barbahaaree (d. 329H) rahimahullaah

Translator: Abu Talhah Dawud Burbank

135: Supplicating for the ruler

If you find a man making supplication against the ruler, know that he is a person of innovation.

If you find a person making supplication for the ruler to be upright, know that he is a person of the Sunnah, if Allah wills.

Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad [1] said,

“If I had an invocation that was to be answered, I would not make it except for the ruler.” It was said to him, “O Abu ‘Alee, explain that to us.” He replied, “If I made an invocation for myself, it would not go beyond me. Whereas, if I make it for the ruler, he is corrected and, through that, the servants and the land are set in order” [2]

We are ordered to make supplication for them (the rulers) to be upright. We have not been ordered to make supplication against them, even if they commit tyranny and oppression, since their tyranny and oppression reflect only upon themselves, but their rectitude is good for themselves and the Muslims.


[1] Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad ibn Mas’ood, Shaikhul-Islam, Abu ‘Alee, alYarboo’ee, al-Khurasaanee. He was born in Samarqand and grew up to be a highway robber. However, his heart was moved upon hearing the Qur’an recited and he repented and then travelled in search of knowledge to Koofah, eventually settling in Makkah. Some of his students were Ibn al-Mubaarak, Yahyaa al-Qattaan, ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Mahdee, ‘Abdur-Razzaaq, ash-Shaafi’ee and Qutaibah ibn Sa’eed.

Ibn al-Mubaarak said,

“No one better than Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad remains upon the face of the earth.”

Haaroon ar-Rasheed said,

“I have not seen any scholar with greater dignity than Maalik, nor anyone more pious than al-Fudayl.”

As-Siyaar (8/421-441) and Tadhkiratul-Huffaadh (1/245-246) of adh-Dhahabee.

[2] This narration is reported by Abu Nu’aym in al-Hilyah (8/91) with a saheeh isnaad and by al-Khallaal in as-Sunnah (no.9).


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The thirst of ibn al Mubarak…

December 8, 2012 Leave a comment


 Bismillah Ar Rahmaan Ar Raheem

( When knowledge really benefits its seeker )


Suwayd ibn Sa’id:

‘I saw ‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak in Makkah as he went to the (water of) zamzam and drank from it. Then he faced the Ka’bah and said,

  • ‘O Allah, Ibn al-Mawali narrated to us from Muhammad ibn al-Munkadir, from Jabir from the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) that he said, ‘The water of Zamzam is for whatever it’s drank for [1]’ and here I am drinking it to prevent the thirst of the Day of Judgement.’ Then he drank it.

[Sifat al-Safwah, vol. 2; pg 325]


I think more than anything, what was impressive is that Ibn al-Mubarak the muhaddith, utilised his knowledge of the hadith as well as its isnad before acting upon it. He narrated the riwayah back to Allah and then asked Allah based on it. Subhanallah, this is when knowledge really benefits…


[1] Sahih, Ibn Majah 3062

Ibn al-Mubarak: “I borrowed a pen in Syria and I forgot to return it to its owner..”

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment


Bismillah Ar Rahmaan Ar Raheem♣

Abu Hasan al-Basri Isa ibn Abdullah said: I heard al-Hasan ibn Arafah saying:


[Abdullah] Ibn al-Mubarak said to me:

  • I borrowed a pen in Syria and I forgot to return it to its owner. When I came back to Marw [in Iran], I realised that this pen is still with me. So I went back to Syria and returned it to its owner».


(Khatib «Tareekh» 10/167).

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