Friday, March 4, 2011

✦ Secret Devotion ✦

It is reported that Shurayh the Judge used to have a house in... which he would spend time alone on Fridays; no one knew what he did in it. [Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ` Vol.4 p105.]

It is reported that Abû Al-‘Âliyah said, “I learned writing and the Qur`ân without my family noticing, and not a drop of ink was ever seen on my garment.” [Abû Nu’aym, Hilyatu Al-Awliyâ` Vol. 2 p217.]

It is reported that when Ibn Abî Laylâ prayed [at night], if someone entered [his house], he would lie down on his bed [as if he was sleeping]. [Ibid. Vol. 4 p351.]

It is reported that Ayyûb Al-Sakhtiyânî used to pray all night and hide it. In the morning, he would raise his voice as if he had just woken up. [Al-Dhahabî, op. cit. Vol. 6 p17.]

It is reported that Dâwûd b. Abî Hind fasted for forty years without his family knowing, he would take his lunch out with him and donate it in the street. [Ibid. Vol. 6 p378.]

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Do not question He who is beyond reason, for you will not be content with the answer.
Saadi in his book "Rose Garden":

Last night a bird cried out till dawn, ravishing my mind,
my patience, my strength, my thoughts.
The sound of my voice must have reached the ear
of a sincere friend.
He said, "I can't believe that a bird's call could drive you so mad.
I said, "It is contrary to human nature
that a bird sings God's praises
while I remain silent."