It is mentioned that when al-Hafidh Ibn Hajr was the chief justice (of Egypt), one day he was passing through the market with a caravan, looking well groomed. So a Jew who was selling hot oil, looking very disheveled and dirty because of the oil, accosted him by grabbing the reins of his mule saying,
“Yaa Shaykhul-Islaam, you claim that your prophet said that the dunyaa is a prison for the mu’min and a jannah for the kaafir; so what type of prison are you in and what type of jannah am I in?“
He (Ibn Hajr) replied,
“Regarding what Allaah has prepared for me in the hereafter from its bliss, then it is as if I am in prison, and with regards to what Allaah has prepared for you in the hereafter from its punishment, then it is as if you are in jannah.”
At which point the Jew became a Muslim.
ذكروا أن الحافظ ابن حجر لما كان قاضي القضاة مر يوما بالسوق في موكب عظيم وهيئة جميلة فهجم عليه يهودي يبيع الزيت الحار وأثوابه ملطخة بالزيت وهو في غاية الرثاثة والشناعة فقبض على لجام بغلته وقال يا شيخ الإسلام تزعم أن نبيكم قال الدنيا سجن المؤمن وجنة الكافر فأي سجن أنت فيه وأي جنة أنا فيها فقال أنا بالنسبة لما أعد الله لي في الآخرة من النعيم كأني الآن في السجن وأنت بالنسبة لما أعد لك في الآخرة من العذاب الأليم كأنك في جنة فأسلم اليهودي
تقصد القصة التي في فيض القدير 3/546 :
Source : http://www.troid.ca , Translated by Hisham Assing
- This world is more insignificant in the eye of Allah as dead lamb – from Sahih Muslim
- The Last Drops of this World – Sayings of the Salaf
- This worldly life is like an unchaste woman – Ibn al Qayyim
- Each of us has a Bank called “T I M E”
- [Audio] Fear The Dunyah – Take Account of Yourself Before You Are Taken Account of – Read the transcribed lecture – by Hasan As-Somaalee
A fiery sermon delivered in Philadelphia, USA pertaining to the danger of attaching oneself to the worldly affairs and falling into sins and disobedience to Allaah.
- The True Nature of Dunya
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful The Bestower of Mercy
Ibn Abdul Haadee (rahimahullaah) said:
When he [shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)] entered prison, he found the prisoners pre-occupied with various types of games with which they pass the time, such as chess, backgammon and the likes, of (those things that lead) to neglect of the five daily prayers.
So the Shaikh [Ibn Taymiyyah(rahimahullaah)] severely disapproved of that from them. He commanded them to adhere to the five daily prayers and to turn to Allaah through performance of righteous deeds, glorification of Allaah, seeking forgiveness for their sins and supplication.
He made them acquainted with what they were in need of from the Sunnah. He awakened their desire for it and urged them towards it, until a lot of good came about in the prison due to that which was (present) in it of pre-occupation with knowledge and the Religion better than many of the small prayer rooms, the hospices, the places where people secluded themselves for worship and the schools. And it became (such) that many amongst the prisoners chose to remain with him (Ibn Taymiyyah) after they were released, and those returning to the prison became so numerous that it became filled with them.
[Al-Uqood Ad-Du’riyyah Fee Dhikri Manaaqib Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah 330-331]
Translated by: Abu Mu-aawiyyah (Abdullaah Al-Gambi)
- The story of the young Ibn Taymiyyah (salaf-us-saalih.com)