Who Do You Ask?

 

Sufyaan ibn Uyaynah said :‘Hishaam ibn AbdulMaalik [who was the sultan] entered the Grand Masjid of Makkah, and there he found Saalim ibn Abdullaah [ibn Umar ibn al-Khattab],  

So he said to him: ‘O Saalim, ask me any of your needs.’ 

So he [Saalim] said to him: ‘Indeed I am shy of Allaah; to ask other than Allaah – in the house of Allaah.’  

Thus when he had exited, he [Hishaam] followed him and said: ‘Now you have left the masjid, so ask me of any need.’ 

So Saalim told him: ‘From the needs of the world or from those of the here-after? ‘ 

He replied: ‘Of course, of the worldly needs.’ 

Thus Saalim said to him:‘I did not ask the One who owns the world, so how should I ask one who does not own it!?’ 

Swifatu Safwaa of Ibnul Jawzee : 1/194  

Lessons :- This story shows how far the Salaf were from depending on other than Allaah, – And it also shows that their main supplications were for the goodness of the here-after and not this life,- And also how the rulers took care of the scholars and respected them,- And also; the sanctity of the masjids.

 

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