Abdullah Ibn Umar (Rh) Ibn Al-Khattab, the son of Umar
(Rh) Ibn Al-Khattab loved saying salaam to people.
He had seen the Beloved Prophet (SM) saying salaam to eveybody,
young and old, rich or poor. He said salaam even to children playing in
Abdullah(Ra) loved the Prophet (SM) very much, and loved to do
exactly what the blessed Prophet (SM) did himself. So he also would also
said salaams to everyone he met.
Abdullah (Ra) would go to the market everyday, around all the
different bazaars, where other Muslims would be selling different things.
But even though Abdullah (Ra) had been going every day, he
wouldn't buy anything. What was he doing, going co the market every
Abdullah (Ra) would say salaams! He would greet the
shopkeepers, and the men in the street. He would greet people sitting
down, and people standing. He would greet any person he met, high or
low in status.
Someone noticed this too, and asked Abdullah (Ra) why he would
go to the market everyday, but did not buy anything, "You come daily to
the bazaar without fail but you never buy or sell anything. You don't
wander in and around the shops, or idly chat with shopkeepers. Instead,
you always pass by the bazaar and go away again, without stopping
anywhere. Why do you do this?"
"I go to the bazaar to offer salaam to the people!" replied Abdullah
(Ra), (Muatta, Jami-u-Salam. Hadith No: 1317)
One day, he was speaking about Bismillah (In the Name of Allah (SWT)
He told the people that they would get a lot of rewards for
reciting Bismillah before doing anything.
There was a noivMuslim in the crowd. She was so impressed by
the speech that she embraced Islam, Now, she also had a very good habit.
She would say Bismillah before doing anything. It so happened that her
father - who was not a Muslim - found out that she now r believed in one
Oh! You can just imagine how very upset he was! You see, he was the
king's minister and was afraid that people wouldn't be too happy when
they will hear about this. Her father started threatening her, hoping and
wishing that she would give up Islam. But she wouldn't - because she
loved thus beautiful Islam.
In utter despair, her father tried to get rid of her. He went up to his
daughter and gave her a ring- Now, this ring was a stamp that was used to
seal all of the king s letters. Her father told her to keep the ring until he
asked for it. She said Bismillah, rook it and put it into her pocket.
Later that night, when the sky was pitch black and only the sound of
the crickets could be heard, her father crept into her room and stole the ring.
You'd never believe what he did next! He threw it into a nearby river'
He was a very cunning man and his plan was to see what the king would
do to his daughter. He would have to punish her, wouldn't he?
Early the next morning, a fisherman arrived at the Minister's house,
He had brought him some fish as a gift. The Minister thanked the
fisherman and told his daughter to prepare the Ash. So, she read Bismillah
and began to clean the fish. Imagine how surprised she was when she saw
a ring inside the fish. She was flabbergasted! It looked very familiar. In
fact, it looked just like the ring which her father had asked her to look
She searched and searched for the ring, but couldn't find it! Reading
Bismillah, she once again put the ring into her pocket.
At supper time, she served the fish to her father. Afterwards, he asked
her to bring the ring. What did this girl do? Of course, she read Bismillah
and took it right out of her pocket. It just didn't make any sense to him at all.
He sat down with his head in his hands and told her what he had
done with the ring, He anxiously asked her where she had found it. She
replied that while preparing the meal, she had found it in the fish's bally.
She then related the entire incident - how she took the name of Allah (SWT)
every time she did something.
When her father saw the blessings of Bismillah, he accepted Islam
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