Worth Less than a Sip of Water

On one occasion, towards the end of the month of Sha’baan, the famous ‘Abbaasi Khaleefah, Haaroon Rasheed, summoned the great ascetic, Muhammad bin Sabeeh, who was famously known as Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah).

When Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah) arrived, Haaroon Rasheed’s minister, Yahya bin Khaalid, asked him if he knew the reason behind the Ameerul Mu-mineen summoning him. Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah) replied in the negative. Yahya then informed him, “He has called for you since he had learnt about the exceptional du‘aa that you make for the prominent people and for the laymen.” Hearing these words, Ibnus Sammaak (rahimahullah) responded, “The news that has reached the Ameerul Mu-mineen is only due to the veil that Allah Ta’ala has concealed me with. Had He not concealed me (and covered my sins), no one would praise me, nor would anyone meet me with love and affection. O Ameerul Mu-mineen! It is only this veil (of Allah Ta’ala) which has caused me to be seated before you (today).”

He then continued to say, “By Allah! I have not seen a face more beautiful than yours, so do not cause it to be burnt by the fire (by involving yourself in the disobedience of Allah Ta’ala).” Hearing this profound reminder, Haaroon Rasheed burst out in tears.

Thereafter, Haaroon Rasheed (felt thirsty and) asked for some water. When the utensil of water was presented

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Date

Sunday, 26 June 2022
Saturday, 25 Dhu al-Qi'dah 1443

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