More on Khiyarush Shart - the right to return goods
A woman says: "My mother has the right - if she says that I should keep it, I will do so, if not, I will return it." This is permissible. This woman or her mother can return the item within three days. If this woman or her mother come and inform the seller that she has decided to keep the item, this right will now be forfeited and the item cannot be returned. A person takes two or three pieces of cloth and says: "I have the right for three days. Whichever one I like, I will pay R10 per piece and keep it." This is permissible and he can select one piece of cloth within three days. But if the person takes four or five pieces of cloth (i.e. more than three) and says that he will select one from them, this transaction will be invalid.
There was a sufi by the name of Bishr bin Hârith who used to come and visit her. Once Bishr fell ill, so she came to visit him. Imâm ’Ahmad bin Hambal also came to visit him. He heard that this ’Âminah came from Ramlah to visit Bishr, so he said to Bishr: "Tell her to make du‘â for me." Bishr asked her to do so. She made the following du‘â: "O Allah! Bishr and ’Ahmad are seeking refuge from jahannam . You grant refuge to both of them." Imâm ’Ahmad says that in the night, a piece of paper fell from above. On it, Bismillah was written and thereafter the following words were written: "We have accepted the du‘â and We have many other bounties in stock." Lesson: Glory be to Allah! How her du‘â got accepted! O women! All these blessings are on account of obedience. The person who fulfills the commands of Allah, Allah fulfills his du‘âs. Therefore try to fulfil all His commands.
Hadrat Suri Saqti says: "Once I went to a clinic. I saw a young girl tied in chains. She was crying and reciting love poems. I asked the guard about her. He informed me that she is mad. Upon hearing this, she cried out even louder and said: 'I am not mad, I am an ‘ashiq (lover).' I asked her: 'Whose lover are you?' She replied: 'I love the one who has given us all these bounties and who is present with us all the time.' That is, Allah. In the meantime her master came and asked: 'Where is Tu hfah?' The guard replied: 'She is inside and Hadrat Suri is with her.' He entered and showed me great respect. I said to him: 'This girl is worthy of more respect than me. Why have you reduced her to such a state?' He replied: 'All my wealth has been spent on her. I purchased her for 20 000 dirhams thinking that I will be able to sell her at a big profit. But she does not eat anything, does not drink anything; the only thing that she does is cry all day.' I said to him: 'Sell her to me.' He replied: 'You are a poor person, how will you pay for her?' I went home and made an earnest du‘a to Allah. After a little while, a person knocked on my door. When I opened the door, I saw a person standing there with many purses of money in his hand. I asked him: 'Who are you?' He replied: 'I am ’Ahmad bin al-Muthanna. In a dream I was ordered to come and give you this money.' The following morning I went to the clinic. Co-incidentally, I saw the master crying. I told him not to be sad because I have brought the money. Even if he asks for double the amount, I will give it to him. He replied: 'Even if I get the entire world I will not sell her. I am freeing her for the sake of Allah.' I asked him: 'What's this all about?' He replied: 'I saw in a dream that Allah is displeased with me. You be a witness that I have left all my wealth in the path of Allah.' When I turned, I saw ’Ahmad bin al-Muthanna crying as well. I asked him: 'What's the matter with you?' He replied: 'I am also giving all my wealth as charity in the path of Allah.' I said: 'Glory be to Allah! It is the barakah of Tuhfah that these persons have been guided.' Tuhfah got up crying from there and went out. We followed her but after a little while lost track of her. We all went towards Makkah. ’Ahmad al-Muthanna passed away on the way. The master and I reached Makkah. While making tawaf , I heard a fearful sound. I went near the person and asked: 'Who are you?' The person replied: 'Glory be to Allah! Have you forgotten? I am Tu hfah.' I asked her: 'What did you receive?' She replied: 'I have attached my heart to myself and separated it from others.' I said to her: 'Ahmad bin al-Muthanna has passed away.' She replied: 'He has received high stages.' I said to her; 'Your master is also with me.' She said something silently and when I looked carefully, I saw that she was dead. When the master saw this condition of hers, he fell down powerless. When I shook him, I saw that he was also dead. I enshrouded both of them and buried them." Lesson: Glory be to Allah! How intense her love for Allah was! O women! You should also have this desire. My shaykh, Haji Imdadullah Sahib Muhajir Makki, has written this incident in his book Tuhfatul ‘Ushshaq in greater detail.
One of the murids of this shaykh says: "My shaykh had a female murid. She had a son who was studying in a madrasah. His teacher sent him somewhere on an errand. He fell into some water and drowned. When theteacher heard about this, he went to Hadrat Suri and informed him. Hadrat Suri got up and went to this female murid's house. He then began speaking to her about patience, so she said: 'Why are you speaking on this subjectto me?' He replied: 'Your son drowned and passed away.' She was very surprised and said: 'Are you sure it's my son?' He replied: 'Yes, your son.' She replied: 'It's impossible. My son did not drown.' Saying this, she went to the place where they claimed that he drowned. Upon reaching there, she called out: 'O Zar!' Her son replied: 'Yes mother' and came out of the water alive. Hadrat Suri went to Hadrat Junayd and asked him to explain this incident to him. He replied: 'This woman has a special status and rank in that whatever calamity is to befall her, she comes to know of it before hand. She did not know of this drowning and therefore said that it did not happen.'" Lesson: Each wali receives a different status and a different ranking. One should not think that this wali is higher than that wali who does not know what is going to happen to him before hand. Allah has the choice to deal with whomsoever He wishes in whichever way He wishes. Be that as it may, it is still a great karamat . All this is through the barakah of obedience to Allah and Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam. One should endeavour in this direction and thereafter if Allah wishes, He will grant such a person a status like this, or one even greater than this.
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THE HADEETH CORNER
حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ بُكَيْرٍ، حَدَّثَنَا اللَّيْثُ، عَنْ عُقَيْلٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ شِهَابٍ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي أَبُو سَلَمَةَ، أَنَّ أَبَا هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ لِرَمَضَانَ " مَنْ قَامَهُ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ ".
Narrated Abu Huraira Radiallahu Anhu:
I heard Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam saying regarding Ramadan, "Whoever prayed at night in it (the month of Ramadan) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven."