Stories from Biblography

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-104)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.He was made to stand next to the caliph's palace and the skin of a bull with its horns attached was placed over him. He was hung with hooks in his mouth and lifted up onto the...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-103)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Al-Mu'izz ibn Badees continued to draw closer to the Sunni masses and their scholars and fuqaha', and he continued his plan to disconnect totally from the 'Ubaydis in Egypt. He made the Maliki madh -hab the official...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-102)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Al-Mu'izz continued his journey until he approached the Egyptian border; he reached Alexandria on 23 Sha'ban 362 AH, where he was welcomed by a huge delegation of prominent figures, leaders and rulers in Egypt. The kingdom of...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-101)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Al-Mu'izz li Deen-Illah the Fatimid enters EgyptAl-Mu'izz li Deen-Illah, ruler of the Fatimid state, was following news of the rulers and commanders of Egypt closely, and he began to think of capturing Egypt. With the death of...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-100)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Resistance through writingResistance through writing was one of the best and most beneficial means of resisting the Shiites. It was very effective in annoying and upsetting them, and it is the reason why they declared war on...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-99)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.The scholars put a great deal of effort into that confrontation and gave a real example of Jihad for the sake of Allah against the enemies of Islam. No less than eighty of these scholars were martyred,...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-98)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Armed resistanceThe scholars of the Maghreb did not stop at the point of passive resistance and debates; some of them also took up arms and went out to fight them. Jablah ibn Hammood as-Sadafi left his home...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-97)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.He did so earnestly, and he was the one on whom people relied, after Allah; in debating with the Shiites.503 Among the most famous of these debates were the following:a) The first of these debates, as mentioned...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-96)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.He did indeed go to the governor and establish proof against him and his group, whom he had brought to debate with at-Tabban. After he had defeated them in argument, they were not ashamed to suggest that...

al-Shebli (Part-8)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.All that night Shebli recited these verses.Whatever house Thou tak’st for thine No lamp is needed there to shine.Upon the day that men shall bring Their proofs before the Judge and King,Our proof shall be, in...

al-Shebli (Part-7)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.Jonaid described his symptoms in detail, enumerating each pain in turn. The Christian treated him, and departed. Later the two friends came together."Why did you expose all your pains to a Christian?" Shebli asked."So that he...

al-Shebli (Part-6)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.These words made such an impression on the youth that he trembled and expired. His friends came and haled Shebli to the caliph’s palace. He, being still in the throes of ecstasy, walked along like one...

al-Shebli (Part-5)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."The man who sleeps is heedless," he added, "and the heedless man is veiled."One day Jonaid visited him to find him pulling up the skin of his eyebrows with tweezers."Why are you doing that?" he asked."Truth...

al-Shebli (Part-4)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.Anecdotes of ShebliWhen Shebli was confined in chains a group of his companions one day went to visit him."Who are you?" he cried."Your friends," they told him.He at once began to throw stones at them, and...

al-Shebli (Part-3)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."Then I supposed that they pronounced His name out of true experience and knowledge," he explained."Now I realize that they speak it unheeding and merely out of habit. I cannot permit Him to be name`1 by...

al-Shebli (Part-2)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.Shebli returned to Demavend and went from house to house, till only one victim of oppression remained.That man he could not trace."With him in mind," Shebli recalled, "I distributed a hundred thousand dirhams, but still my...

al-Shebli (Part-1)

Abu Bakr Dolaf ibn Jahdar (Ja’far ibn Yunos) alShebli, of Khorasan by origin but born in Baghdad or Samarra, son of a court official and himself promoted in the imperial service, as Governor of Demavend was summoned to Baghdad to be invested and there experienced...

Ebrahim al-Khauwas (Part-3)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."At least let me drive these hornets away from you," I said."Khauwas," he answered, "drive away from yourself that hankering for sweet pomegranates. Why do you trouble me? Pray for your own heart’s healing.Why do you...

Ebrahim al-Khauwas (Part-2)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.I looked, and saw lying before me the head of the man who had struck me.I had made a vow that I would cross the desert without provisions and mount. As I entered the desert a...

Ebrahim al-Khauwas (Part-1)

Abu Eshaq Ebrahim ibn Ahmad al-Khauwas of Samarra, a companion of al-Jonaid, is famous for his long journeys in the desert. He died at Rayy in 291 (904).Ebrahim-e Khauwas in the desertEbrahim-e Khauwas, a contemporary of Jonaid and Nuri, was known as the Chief of...