HUMOROUS INCIDENT OF THE PEDANTIC MAULVI

Ya Waris

Sarkar Waris related a humorous incident that occurred during the journey between Mecca
and Medina. He gave a pillion seat to an old Maulvi on his camel. On the way the old man was
constantly reciting in a dead monotone, “Innalla‐ha ma‐us‐sab‐e‐reen.” It is a verse from the
holy Quran to cultivate patience. Our Saint enquired the reason for reciting the verse, to which
he old man indignantly replied, “Young man, what do you know about the benefit of this verse
for a patient person?” Later they had to endure and surmount innumerable trials and troubles
and patiently on the way but due to the extreme heat the old man’s throat was parched beyond
endurance. Moreover to his horror he found his water skin empty. Forgetting the recitation of
the verse he begged around for a cup of water from others but could not quench his thirst as
water was not available anywhere. The frenzied Maulvi nearly exploded when our youthful
Saint very calmly recited, “Innalla‐ha ma‐us‐sab‐e‐reen.” In a fit of anger he burst out in
indecent language about the verse unable to endure this acute thirst. Eventually a cup of cool
water was offered by a person and he vowed in return never to recite a verse unless he was
able to practice it.

ACCOUNT OF THE INVITATION (DU`A) OF THEAPOSTLE OF ALLAH, MAY ALLAH BLESS HIM, TO ALAWSAND AL-KHAZRAJ

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Volume 1, Parts 1.58.1
Muhammad Ibn `Umar informed us; he said: Nàfi` Ibn Kathir related to
me on the authority of `Abd al-Rahman Ibn al-Qasim Ibn Muhammad,
he on the authority of his father, he on the authority of `Ayishah; (second
chain) he (Ibn Sa`d) said: Ishaq Ibn Ibrahim Ibn Abi Mansur related to
us on the authority of Ibrahim lbn Yahyá lbn Zayd Ibn Thabit, he on the
authority of Umm Sa`d Bint Sa`d Ibn Rabi’, (third chain) he (Ibn Sa’d)
said: Dàwud Ibn `Abd al-Rahmàn al-`Attar related to us on the authority
of `Abd Allah Ibn `Uthmàn Ibn Khuthaym, he on the authority of Abu al-
Zubayr, he on the authority of Jábir; (fourth chain), he (Ibn Sa’d) said:
Hisham Ibn Sa’d related to us on the authority of Zayd Ibn Aslam, he on
the authority of his father, he on the authority of `Umar Ibn al-Khattàb;
(fifth chain) he, (lbn Sa`d) said: Usamah Ibn Zayd Ibn Aslam related to
me on the authority of Abu Muhammad Nàfi; he said; I heard Abu
Hurayrah (saying), (sixth chain) he (Ibn Sa`d) said: `Ubayd lbn Yahyà
related to me on the authority of Mu’adh lbn Rifa`ah Ibn Ràfi`, he on the
authority of his father, he on the authority of his (Mu’adh’s) grandfather;
(seventh chain) he (Ibn Sa’d) said: Muhammad Ibn Sàlih related
to me on the authority of ‘Asim Ibn `Umar Ibn Qatadah, he on the
authority of Mahmud lbn Labid; their consolidated narrations are; they
said:
The Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, remained at Makkah calling
the tribes towards Allah and asking them every year, at Majannah,
`Ukáz and Mina, to give him protection so that he might convey the
message of his Lord and they in return might have an abode in paradise!
None of the Arabian tribes responded to him. He was maltreated and
abused till Allah willed to propagate His creed and support His Prophet
and to fulfil what He had promised. So He led him (the Prophets) to a
tribe of al-Ansar whom He wanted to honour. He (Prophet) approached
one of them while they were shaving their heads. He sat by his side and
called them to Allah and recited the Qur’an before them. They responded
to the call of Allah and His Apostle. They hurried up, and beleived,
confirmed, protected, supported and helped him. They had long eloquent
tongues and sharp swords for men. There is a difference of opinion as to
who was the first of al-Ansàr to join the fold of Islam and to respond.
They related: There was one man or two men. They have also related:
There was none before the six (known). They have also related: The first
to embrace Islam were (a group of) eight persons. We have stated all this
before. They mentioned that the first among al-Ansàr to embrace Islam
was Asad Ibn Zuràrah and Dhakwan lbn `Abd Qays. They had gone to
Makkah to get one of them be declared superior by `Utbah lbn Rabi`ah.
He said to them: This almusalli (one who offers obligatory prayers) has
diverted our attention from other affairs, and he believes that he is a
messenger of Allah. He (Ibn Sa`d) said: Asad lbn Zuràrah and Abu al-
Haytham Ibn Al-Tayyihan were speaking of the unity of Allah in
Yathrib. Dhakwàn Ibn ‘Abd Qays said to As’ad Ibn Zuràrah when he
heard the words of `Utbah: Leave him, this is your creed. So they went to
the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, and he asked them to embrace
Islam, which they accepted. Then they returned to al-Madinah and As’ad
met Abu al-Haytham Ibn al-Tayyihan and informed him of his joining
the fold of Islam. He related to him the words of the Apostle of Allah,
may Allah bless him, and to what he invited. Thereupon Abu al-Haytham
said: I bear witness with you that he is the Apostle of Allah, and he
embraced Islam.
It is said that Rafi` Ibn Malik al-Zurqï and Mu`adh lbn `Afra went to
Makkah to perform `Umrah and they were informed of the affair of the
Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him. They went to him, and he asked
them to embrace Islam; they joined the fold of Islam. In this way these
two were the first to embrace Islam. They came to al-Madinah and the
first mosque, where the Qur’an was recited, was the mosque of Banu
Zurayq.
It is said: The Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, came out from
Makkah and passed by a group of the people of Yathrib, who had halted
at Mina. They were eight; the members of Banu al-Najjar were, Mu’adh
lbn `Afra and As’ad lbn Zurarah; the members of Banu Zurayq were,
Rafi’ lbn Málik and Dhakwàn 1bn ‘Abd Qays; the members of Banu
Salim were `Ubadah Ibn al-Sàmit and Abu `Abd al-Rahman Yazid Ibn
Tha`labah; one member of `Abd al-Ashah was Abu al-Haytham Ibn al-
Tayyihàn, the ally of Balla; and one member of Banu ‘Amr Ibn ‘Awf was
`Uwaym Ibn Sà’idah. The Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him,
preached Islam before them and they embraced it. The Apostle of Allah,
may Allah bless him, said to them: Support me so that I may convey to
the people the message of my Lord. They said: 0 Apostle of Allah ! we
will do it for Allah and His Apostle. You must know that we are
disunited, being enemies of each other, nursing mutual hatred, and only a
year back there was the war of Bu`àth, in which we fought and killed
each other. If we remain so (undivided), there will be no united effort for
you, so let us go to our tribes, may Allah bring peace amidst us, and we
will wait on you at the next season (of pilgrimage).
It is said: The Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, went out during
the season (of pilgrimage) and met six members of al-Ansar. He stood
near them and asked: Are you the allies of the Jews? They said: Yes.
Then he called them to Allah and preached Islam to them, and recited the
Qur’an before them. They joined the fold of Islam; they are: from Banu
al-Najjar; As’ad lbn Zuràrah and `Awf Ibn al-Harith Ibn ‘Afra; from
Banu Zurayq Rafi lbn Hadidah, from Banu Haram Ibn Ka`b, ‘Uqhah lbn
`Amir Ibn Malik, from Banu Salamah was Qutbah lbn `Amir Ibn
Hadidah, from Hasám Ibn Ka`b, Uqbah Ibn `Amir Ibn Nàbi, and from
Banu ‘Ubayd Ibn `Adi Ibn Salamah, Jabir Ibn ‘Abd Allah Ibn Ri’àb and
none had preceded before them.
Muhammad Ibn `Umar said: It is the best proved of what we have
heard and it is confirmed by the consensus of opinion.

Volume 1, Parts 1.58.2
Muhammad Ibn `Umar informed us; he said: Zakariya Ibn Zayd related
to me on the authority of his father; he said:
There are six persons, one of whom is Abu al-Haytham Ibn al-Tayyihàn.
Hereafter the narration is connected with the preceding one; they
said: Then they came to al-Madinah and called upon their people to
embrace Islam; he who liked it embraced Islam and there was not a
single house of al-Ansár in which the Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless
him, was not remembered.