Stories from Biblography

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-71)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.In Sicily At the time of the conquest of Edessa, the King of Sicily was a Frank. In Sicily there was a righteous Muslim man from North Africa, whom the king used to bring to his court,...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-70)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.It seems that the second Crusader generation, which succeeded the first generation that had established and protected the Crusader presence, was not able to preserve what their predecessors had built; indeed they did not realize the importance...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-69)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.'Imad ad-Deen Zangi's policies in EdessaAfter conquering Edessa, Imad ad-Deen Zangi did not think that it made political sense to destroy such a city.348 He issued orders to his troops, telling them to stop killing, capturing and...

Abo 'l-Qasem al-Jonaid (Part-12)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.The death of JonaidWhen death was near at hand Jonaid bade them to lay the table and to set out a meal."I wish to give up the ghost whilst my companions are eating a bowl of...

Abo 'l-Qasem al-Jonaid (Part-11)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."Why did you not kill it?" Jonaid asked him."Because the master said it must be done in a place where no one can see," the disciple answered."Wherever I went, God saw.""You see the measure of his...

Abo 'l-Qasem al-Jonaid (Part-10)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.His words came to Jonaid's ears. He at once arose and proceeded to his cell, where he found him putting on the greatest airs. He asked him what had happened, and he told the whole story...

Abo 'l-Qasem al-Jonaid (Part-9)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.One night a thief entered Jonaid's room. Finding nothing there but a shirt, he took that and fled. Next day Jonaid was passing through the bazaars when he saw his shirt in the hands of a...

Abo 'l-Qasem al-Jonaid (Part-8)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."I woke in terror," Jonaid recollected. "I purified myself and said two rak'as, then I went out to search for the beggar. I saw him on the bank of the Tigris, picking out of the water...

Abo 'l-Qasem al-Jonaid (Part-7)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.If God is absent, to mention the absent One is a sign of absence, and absence is a thing proscribed," Jonaid said. "If God is present, to mention His name while contemplating Him present is a...

Abo 'l-Qasem al-Jonaid (Part-6)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."I performed the ablutions for prayer," Jonaid answered.Thereupon the physician, who was a Christian, declared his conversion."This is the Creator's cure, not the creature's," he commented. 'It was my eye that was sick, not yours. You...

Abo 'l-Qasem al-Jonaid (Part-5)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.In the congregation there was a Christian lad, but no one knew that he was a Christian. He approached Jonaid and said, "According to the Prophet's saying, 'Beware of the insight of the believer, for he...

Abo 'l-Qasem al-Jonaid (Part-4)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."Prince of the Believers," Jonaid replied, "your compassion for the faithful was so great, that you desired to cast to the winds my forty years of discipline, of keeping vigil and self mortification. Yet who am...

Abo 'l-Qasem al-Jonaid (Part-3)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.'Jonaid,' the voice cried, 'the time has come for Me to show you the loop of your Magian girdle.' When I heard these words I exclaimed, 'O God, what sin has Jonaid committed?' 'Do you look...

Abo 'l-Qasem al-Jonaid (Part-2)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.Jonaid was only seven years old when Sari took him on the pilgrimage. In the Mosque of the Sanctuary the question of thankfulness was being discussed by four hundred shaikhs. Each shaikh expounded his own view."You...

Abo 'l-Qasem al-Jonaid (Part-1)

Abo 'l-Qasem al-Jonaid ibn Mohammad alKhazzaz al-Nehawandi, son of a glass-merchant and nephew of Sari al-Saqati, close associate of al-Mohasebi, was the greatest exponent of the 'sober' school of Sufism and elaborated a theosophical doctrine which determined the whole course of orthodox mysticism in Islam....

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-68)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.The internal situation in EdessaThe internal situation in Edessa was very favourable to Imad ad-Deen Zangi, as its ruler Joscelin II was a weak character who was swayed by emotions, whims and desires, and lacking in political...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-67)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.However, even though Aq Sunqur was martyred, the list of mujahideen and those who were prepared to fight for the sake of Allah was still growing. In Rabee' II 521 AH/1127 CE, Sultan Mahmoud appointed 'Imad ad-Deen...

Salah ad-Deen al-Ayubi (Part-66)

To read the previous part of this story,click here.Thus al-Bursuqi managed to rid this important site of the most dangerous calamity that it faced during the Crusades, and he united it with Mosul for the first time since these wars had begun, which gave this...

Abu Hafs al-Haddad (Part-5)

To read the previous part of this story, click here.Having completed the pilgrimage, he returned to Baghdad. There Jonaid's companions went out to welcome him."What present have you brought us from your journey?" asked Jonaid."Perhaps one of 'our companions' is unable to live as he...

Abu Hafs al-Haddad (Part-4)

To read the previous part of this story, click here."I was amazed," the porter related. "I asked the old man, 'What is going on? How did you know that I had brought broth and halwa?' The old man answered, 'Last night when I was at...