Hadhrat Raabiah Basriyyah (rahmatullah alayha) was in the last

stage of earthly life when Hadhrat Maalik Bin Dinaar

(rahmatullah alayh) came to visit her. The following discussion

took place in her last moments before departing from this

earthly abode:


MAALIK: “What had caused distress to you in this world?”



MAALIK: “Do you desire anything?”

RAABIAH: “Yes, I desire Maghfirat (Forgiveness).”


MAALIK: “Do you desire anything from the world?”

RAABIAH: “I have been desiring fresh dates for the past 30

years, but have not ate any to this day.”


(Hadhrat Maalik thought): She appears to be a guest of a few

moments. How can I obtain fresh dates in this little time? As he

was thinking, a bird with a fresh date in its beak appeared and

dropped the date near to Hadhrat Maalik. He took the date and

presented it Hadhrat Raabiah. When she raised a query about

the date, Hadhrat Maalik explained that a bird had

miraculously arrived with the date.


RAABIAH: “Perhaps the bird plucks the date from someone’s

orchard. It is therefore not proper to eat it.”

Hadhrat Raabiah (rahmatullah alayha) then ordered everyone

out of room. Everyone left and the door was closed. After a

short while, everyone outside heard a voice reciting the last

verse of Surah Fajr: “O Thou Soul at rest! Return to your Rabb

pleased (with Him), and He pleased with you.”


On hearing the voice reciting the aayat, the people entered

and discovered that Hadhrat Raabiah (rahmatullah alayha) had

departed from this world to reach her Beloved Rabb. On

account of a doubt she refused to satisfy a desire of 30 years.


Source: AWAKE