Has Not the Time Come for the Hearts of those who Believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism) to be Affected by Allah's Reminder (thisQur'an), and that Which has Been Revealed of the Truth (Al-Hadeed: 16)
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Al-Haafidh Adh-Dhahabee said (Siyar ‘Alaam An-Nubalaa, Vol. 8, p. 423, Mu’assasatu Ar-Risaalah)
Abu ‘Ammaar Al-Husayn Ibn Hurayth narrated upon Al-Fadl Ibn Moosa who said:
Al-Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyyaad was a highway robber who would act between Abeeward and Sarkhas. The reason behind his repentance was that he was deeply in love with a girl and on one occasion he was climbing a wall to visit her when he heard someone reciting:
Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism) to be affected by Allah's Reminder (this Qur'an).
Upon hearing this verse he said, ‘Certainly- O my Lord- the time has come.’ So he returned and spent the night at some ruins. At this place he found some travellers and some of them were saying, ‘We should leave (to continue our journey).’ And others were saying, ‘We should wait until morning as Fudayl is out there on the path and he will rob us.’
‘I thought about this and said, ‘I am exerting myself at night to perform acts of disobedience and a people from the Muslims here fear me. I do not believe that Allah has brought me to them except in order for me to abandon this way. O Allah, I repent to you now. I have made it part of my repentance to live in the vicinity of the Al-Bayt Al-Haraam (the sacred house).’’
Who is Fudayl?
He is Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyyaad Ibn Mas’ood Ibn Bishr. He is the Imam, the example and (one) who is trustworthy and precise.
[Al-Hafidh Ibn Hajr mentions in Taqreeb –At-Tadheeb that he died in the year 187 H, and it is said it was earlier than this.]
He is Shaykh Al-Islam, Abu ‘Alee At-Tameemee Al-Yarboo’ee Al-Khurasaanee. Who resided in Allah’s Haram.
He was born in Samarqand and raised in Abeeward, and he travelled to seek knowledge.
Some of those who he narrated upon were: Mansoor, Al-‘Amash, Bayaan Ibn Bishr, Husayn Ibn Abdur Rahman, Layth, ‘Ataa Ibn Saa’ib, Safwaan Ibn Sulaym (and Adh-Dhahabee mentions others).
Some of those who narrated from him: Ibn Al-Mubaarak, Yahya Al-Qattaan, Abdur Rahman Ibn Mahdee, Ibn ‘Uyainah, Al-Asma’ee, ‘Abdur Razzaaq (and Adh-Dhahabee mentions others).
Ibn Al-Mubaarak said about him:
“Verily Fudayl was truthful to Allah and Allah granted him the ability to speak wisdom with his toungue. And Fudayl was a person who truly benefitted from his knowledge.”
Some of his sayings:
“Whoever loves to be mentioned will not be mentioned; and whoever dislikes to be mentioned will be mentioned.”
“By Allah, it is not permissible for you to harm a dog or a pig without a just cause. So how can you harm a Muslim?”
“If I had a supplication that was to be answered I would make it for the Imam (the ruler)...”
“Whoever sits with a person of innovation has not been given wisdom.”
Source: Siyar ‘Alaam An-Nubalaa, Vol. 8, p. 421-442, Mu’assasatu Ar-Risaalah)
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