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Encounter with Awliya of Allah

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Translation By Ibn Riaz:

بسـم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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By Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-Maghāmasī

I know of a man from Egypt who performed Ḥajj 32 years ago in his youth. He, at the time, was riding in a nine-passenger vehicle. In the front seats were a husband and wife. Behind them was a woman very old in age who, due to the congestion inside, was in an uncomfortable position, and her age and body’s condition didn’t help the situation any better. So, the man who I know tried to convince the man in the front to switch seats with the old woman so that she could be up front. He refused, but this man kept on pushing him to do it until he finally accepted.  The husband ended up going to the back seat and the old woman was able to sit up front. When the old woman felt relaxed and was able to extend her legs she said to this man, in her local dialect, what means, “May Allāh not prevent you from Ḥajj every year.”

This man has performed Ḥajj until now—and I know him—for 32 years. 32 pilgrimages since she supplicated for him that year! Sometimes a new year comes and the time of Ḥajj approaches, but he doesn’t have the money or even the intention to perform it. Yet, without any notice, he’s led to perform Ḥajj by the blessing of that woman’s supplication.

`Alī (may Allāh be pleased with him) said, “Allāh has concealed two within two: He has concealed His pleasure in righteous acts, so one does not know which righteous act of his pleases Allāh; and He has concealed His awliyā’ amongst His servants, so one does not know which servant of Allāh is His walī.”

The point here: perform good deeds and desire for them to be sincerely for Allāh’s Sake. Perhaps you’ll do something for someone who is unknown amongst the people—which is better—and his supplications are answered. In turn, he supplicates for you and prosperity is decreed for you while you don’t know from where it came. However, Allāh bestowed His loving Mercy upon you and made an easy way for you to reach your goal. May Allāh allow for us to attain that which He loves through our good deeds.

May His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muḥammad and his family, and all praises are due to Allāh, Lord of the Worlds.

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. ramadan

    November 8, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    mashallah tabarakalah

  2. Umer Sultan

    November 8, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Subhanallah, this is a great reminder. Jazakallah for translating in English and sharing it.

  3. Sabour Al-Kandari

    November 8, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Wow masha’Allah.

  4. Umm Sulaim

    November 9, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Superb.

    Umm Sulaim

  5. Shuaib Mansoori

    November 9, 2011 at 6:53 AM

    SubhanAllah! This made me cry. May Allah grant us tawfeeq to always do good.

  6. Afsha

    November 9, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    MashAllah

  7. Rumi

    November 9, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Salaam

    Jazakallah khair for the article. I would like to share with my friends but some of them are going to question the quote of Ali (ra) because they feel that their shaykhs are the Walis of Allah.

    Can i please have a reference for the quote as well as a comment on how strong the chain is.

    Jazakallah khair

  8. Yasmin

    November 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Mashallah, what an inspirational story!

  9. shiney

    November 9, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Jazakallah khair for sharing this amazing story with us…the quote by Ali (R) was priceless! subhanAllah, the difference that a du’a can make! i don’t know why but i find it sad when i see old people telling someone to make du’a for them (bec i feel like it should be the other way around). Wallahu A’alam

  10. Dawud Israel

    November 10, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Ma sha Allah. There is a hadith that goes (paraphrased) ‘follow the religion of old women’ in relation to the exceptional piety found among old women.

  11. Aziza

    November 10, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    MashAllah…….<3

  12. Umm Al-Zubayr

    November 14, 2011 at 5:26 AM

    Wow, this was amazing, Alhamdhulillah

  13. shahrukh khan

    December 18, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    haule haule ho jay ga pyar haule haule ho jayge pyar

  14. Mohammed Mubashir

    January 14, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Please rectify spelling mistakes particularly name of Prophet Muhammad Peace & Blessings be upon Him Hajj also not spelt correctly! Otherwise Masha Allah Allahumma Taufeek

  15. Zainab

    January 15, 2016 at 2:02 AM

    Masha Allah. that’s so cool. I am wondering, do these awliya know they are blessed with such. Jazakumullahu khairan

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