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Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad was famous for his piety and worship, but he was not always a practising Muslim. In his early years, Al-Fudayl was an infamous highway robber; he would prowl in the night for victims on the road from Abu Ward to Sarakhas. Between these two cities was a small village in which lived a girl that Al-Fudayl was in love with. One night, out of desperation to be with her, Al-Fudayl climbed the wall of her home..


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Ar-Rasheed, a first century ruler, once said to al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad, "Admonish me." Al-Fudayl said, "O Leader of the Faithful! Indeed your grandfather, Al-‘Abbaas, the uncle of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), once went to the Prophet and said, 'O Messenger of Allah, appoint me to be a leader.' The Messenger of Allah said, 'My uncle, indeed, being a.


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It is reported that a man once went to Ibraaheem ibn Adham and said, "O Abu Isḥaaq, I continually wrong my own self, and I turn away from everything that invites me to improve my way of life." Ibraaheem said, "If you can fulfil five conditions, then sinning will never harm you, and you can fulfil your desires as much as you want." The man exclaimed, "Tell me those conditions" .


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A burglar scaled the wall of Maalik ibn Deenaar's house one night and easily managed to get inside. Once inside the house, the thief was disappointed to see that there was nothing inside actually worth stealing. The owner of the home was inside at the time, he was busy performing prayer. Realizing that he was not alone, Maalik quickly ended his prayer and turned around to face the thief. Without showing any sign of being shock.


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A righteous man was once asked to tell the story of the pivotal moment of his life, the moment in which he first began to apply the teachings of Islam, and the following was his answer: When I was a young man, I would not hesitate to perpetrate any sin that was made available to me. Then, one day, I saw a young woman who was perhaps the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. Much tempted by her, I indicated to her that I wanted.


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‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar reported that the Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Three men of a people before you, were on a journey when they were overtaken by a storm and therefore they took shelter in a cave. A rock slipped down from the mountain and blocked the exit from cave. One of them said: "The only way for deliverance left is to beseech Allah in the name of some virtuous dee.


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There is an interesting story related about Deenaar Al-‘Ayaar. Deenaar had a righteous mother who would constantly advise him to repent for his wayward, sinful existence, but as much as she tried, her words had no positive effect on him whatsoever. Then, one day, as he was walking by a graveyard, he stopped to pick up a bone. He was shocked to see how it crumbled and turned to dust in his hand. The sight of that bone had a .


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Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "There were three Israelites, a vitiligo stricken man, a bald man, and a blind man. In order to test them, Allah sent an angel to them." The angel came to the man afflicted with vitiligo and said, "What would you like most?" He said, "A good complexion and good skin.


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Ṣuhaib (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "There lived a king before you and he had a court magician. As he (the magician) grew old, he said to the king: "I have grown old, so send me a boy in order to teach him magic." The king sent him a boy to serve the purpose. And on his way (to the magician) the boy met a mo.


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The following story is narrated by ‘Abdul-Waaḥid ibn Zaid: "We were on a sea vessel once, when the wind suddenly became stormy, and we were forced to leave the high seas and seek refuge on an island. We were surprised to see that we were not alone on the island; there standing before us was a man who was busy worshipping. We said to him 'What are you worshipping?' And he pointed to an idol, We said, .


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