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Hadrat Sayyiduna ibn Hubaiq – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates from his father who states:
Once Hadrat Sayyiduna Yusuf bin Asbaat – may Allah be pleased with him – met a young man who used to live alone on an island. For ten years in a row, this young man never spoke to Hadrat Sayyiduna Yusuf bin Asbaat – may Allah be pleased with him. Whenever the Saint used to meet the young man, he found him weeping and in a state of extreme fear. One day, he managed to ask the young man, “What is the reason that whenever I see you, I notice that you are weeping and also extremely worried. What is the reason that you weep so much?”
The young man finally decided to reveal the true story. He said, “Before I made Taubah, I used to steal the Kafan of people.”
Hadrat Sayyiduna Yusuf bin Asbaat – may Allah be pleased with him – then asked him, “Whenever you used to open the grave, in what state did you find the person in?”
The young man replied that except for a few, whenever he used to open the grave, he found that most of the people had been turned away from the Qibah.
When the Saint heard this, he became extremely saddened and he kept murmuring the words, “Except for a few, most of them have been turned away from the Qiblah.”
In fact, these words so greatly affected him that it also had an effect on his brain and because of this he actually lost his power to think. To everyone, it appeared like he had become insane. The people in his family also felt that he needed to be cured. They then called the famous physician whose name was Sulayman. The physician noticed that whenever he regained his senses, he used to mention the words, “Except for a few, most of them have been turned away from the Qiblah”.
However, after treating him for a short period, this person recovered from his ailment. When he recovered, he asked us what payment should be given to the physician but we replied that he had given his services for free. He insisted on paying this person.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Yusuf bin Asbaat – may Allah be pleased with him – was used to make mats made from date leaves and this is how he made his living. He continued earning his living in this manner until his last breath. (Uyunul Hikaayah)