One of the murids of this shaykh says: "My shaykh had a female murid. She had a son who was studying in a madrasah. His teacher sent him somewhere on an errand. He fell into some water and drowned. When theteacher heard about this, he went to Hadrat Suri and informed him. Hadrat Suri got up and went to this female murid's house. He then began speaking to her about patience, so she said: 'Why are you speaking on this subjectto me?' He replied: 'Your son drowned and passed away.' She was very surprised and said: 'Are you sure it's my son?' He replied: 'Yes, your son.' She replied: 'It's impossible. My son did not drown.' Saying this, she went to the place where they claimed that he drowned. Upon reaching there, she called out: 'O Zar!' Her son replied: 'Yes mother' and came out of the water alive. Hadrat Suri went to Hadrat Junayd and asked him to explain this incident to him. He replied: 'This woman has a special status and rank in that whatever calamity is to befall her, she comes to know of it before hand. She did not know of this drowning and therefore said that it did not happen.'" Lesson: Each wali receives a different status and a different ranking. One should not think that this wali is higher than that wali who does not know what is going to happen to him before hand. Allah has the choice to deal with whomsoever He wishes in whichever way He wishes. Be that as it may, it is still a great karamat . All this is through the barakah of obedience to Allah and Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. One should endeavour in this direction and thereafter if Allah wishes, He will grant such a person a status like this, or one even greater than this.
A sufi by the name of Abu ar-Rabi‘ says: "Muhammad bin al-Munkadir, Thabit Banani, and I were guests at the house of Rayhanah. Before the expiry of half the night she woke up and said: 'The lover goes to his beloved, and the heart is filled with such joy that it seems that it would burst any moment. When half the night passed, she said: "One should not attach one's heart to such things which if you set your eyes on them, you perceive a difference (i.e. a decrease) in your remembrance of Allah. At night, one should strive very hard in ‘ibadah, only then can one become His friend.' When the entire night passed, she screamed and said: 'Oh! It has been destroyed!' I asked her: 'What happened?' She replied: 'The night is gone in which one can concentrate fully in Allah.'" Lesson: Look at how she valued the night. The person who experiences the sweetness of ‘ibadah, will value the night greatly. O women! You should also set aside a certain portion of the night for your ‘ibadah. Look at how well she explained the harm of directing your attention towards anything that distracts you from the remembrance of Allah. You too should not worry too much about money, possessions, clothes, jewellery, children, properties, utensils, houses, etc.
1. To give luqmah to anyone other than the imam while one is in salaat makes that salaat invalid. To give luqmah means to correct someone who has made a mistake in reciting the Quran. Note: Since there is a difference of opinion among the jurists with regard to the masa'il of luqmah, some ulama have written special books on this subject. We are therefore mentioning a few details over here.
2. If the muqtadi gives a luqmah to his imam, his salaat will not become invalid. This is irrespective of whether the imam has recited the specified amount or not. The "specified amount" in this context refers to that amount of qira'at which is the recommended amount. But in this case, it will be better for the imam to go into ruku, as will be mentioned in the next mas'ala. 3. If the imam has recited the specified amount, he should go into ruku and should not force the muqtadis to give him luqmah. (To do so is makruh) The muqtadis should also note that as long asthere is no genuine need, they should not give luqmah to the imam. (To do so is also makruh) Here "genuine need" means that the imam wishes to continue forward despite making a mistake, or that he does not go into ruku, or that he keeps silent and remains standing. Even if they correct him without any "genuine need", the salaat will not become invalid - as has been mentioned in the previous mas'alas.
A sufi by the name of ‘Abdul Wahid bin Zaydan says: "I made the following du‘a: 'O Allah! Show me the person who is going to be my companion in jannah.' I was given a reply that my companion will be Maymunah Sauda’. I asked: 'Where is she?' I was given a reply that she is in Kufah and belongs to a certain tribe. So I went there and inquired about her. The people replied that she is mad and that she tends to the sheep. I went into the jungle and saw her offering salat while the sheep and wolves were on one side. When she completed her salat, she turned to me and said: 'O ‘Abdul Wahid! Go! The time to meet is in jannah (and not now).' I was very surprised that she knew my name? She replied: 'Don't you know that when the souls have already met over there (referring to the ‘alam-e-arwah), they become attached to each other and recognize each other?' I asked her: 'I see all the sheep and wolves together in one place. How did this happen?' She replied: 'Go and mind your own business. I have put my relationship with Allah in order, and He made the relationship between the sheep and wolves in order (both of them are living in harmony without the wolves attacking the sheep).'" Lesson: This woman was given the power of kashf and karamat as well. All this barakah was on account of total obedience to Allah. O women! Prepare yourselves for the obedience of Allah.
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It was narrated that Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu said:
"Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam used to encourage (us) to pray Qiyam (Taraaweeh) during Ramadan, without insisting on that, and he said: 'Whoever spends the nights of Ramadan in prayer (Qiyam) out of faith and in the hope of reward, he will be forgiven his previous sins'