Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina

the betterment of his world and the Hereafter and make up his mind that, ‘I must strive to reform myself and the people of the entire world اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه عَزَّوَجَلَّ.’

21. Blessing of a saint 22. Good company

Sayyidunā Ibrāĥīm Khawā رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ تَعَـالٰی عَـلَيْـه was once travelling in a jungle; a person approached him and said, ‘I wish to accompany you.’ When he رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ تَعَـالٰی عَـلَيْـه looked at the person with spiritual insight, he رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه felt a sense of resentment towards him. After a little while, the person disclosed, ‘I am a non-Muslim monk and I have come from Rome to join your company.’ The reason for the resentment was now obvious – it was the Kufr of the monk. He    رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه told the monk, ‘I do not have anything to eat and drink, you may get into trouble.’ The monk replied, ‘Yā Sayyidī! You are renowned throughout the world for your Taqwā (asceticism), but you are still worried about food and drink!’

Surprised at this reply, Sayyidunā Ibrāĥīm Khawā رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ تَعَـالٰی عَـلَيْـه permitted the monk to accompany him on his journey. They travelled for seven days without eating and drinking anything. The monk, hungry and thirsty, pleaded, ‘Yā Sayyidī! I can no longer bear, please arrange for some food and drink.’ Sayyidunā Ibrāĥīm Khawā رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه prostrated and pleaded, ‘O Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! This unbeliever has pinned his hopes on me. My honour is in Your Power. Do not disgrace me in the eyes of this unbeliever.’ As soon as he raised his head from prostration, he saw that there was a tray containing two pieces of bread and two glasses of water. They ate the food, drank water and resumed their journey.

After travelling for another seven days without food, they stopped somewhere. The monk prostrated and made Du’ā. Suddenly, a tray appeared on which there were four pieces of bread and four glasses



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