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It is mentioned that when Sultan Harun Rashid was going for Hajj, he stopped for a few days in Kufah. Obviously, the people came out on the street to meet him. He was also surrounded by royal pomp and splendour and regal decoration.
At that moment, the famous Saint Hadrat Sayyiduna Bahlol Daana – may Allah be pleased with him – was also present among the crowd. He then began to call out the name of Harun. When the Sultan asked who this was, he was informed that it was the famous Saint, Hadrat Sayyiduna Bahlol Daana – may Allah be pleased with him. He then removed the regal covering which covered the area where he was sitting and when he saw the King, the famous Saint asked, “O Ameerul Mo’mineen! I have heard that when the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – was stoning the Jamaraat, there was no show and screaming nor were there people running around and making loud noises. O Ameerul Mo’mineen! On this journey, if you can adopt simplicity and humbleness, it would be better for you.”
When the eminent Muslim leader heard this advice, he began to weep. Sultan Harun Rashid then asked, “You have given the correct advice O Bahlol! Please continue.” The great Saint continued, “When Allah Almighty gives someone wealth, beauty and power and he spends this wealth on noble things, he protects his beauty from fitnah and corruption, and instills justice and honesty in his government, and never allows it to leave its control, then Allah Almighty records the name of such a person among the pious people.”
Sultan Harun Rashid asked, “You have certainly spoken noble words”. He then ordered that the eminent Saint be handsomely rewarded. However, the Saint replied, “I have no need for your reward. Please return this to those from whom you have taken it.”
Harun Rashid then informed the great Saint that he wanted the opportunity of taking care of the great Saint, however, the great Saint looked towards the sky and declared, “O Ameerul Mo’mineen! Both you and I are under the Divine Power of Allah Almighty. Is it therefore possible that He would grace you with Divine blessing and ignore me?”
(Qassasus Saaliheen, 67)