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The servant of Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates the following incident. He mentions:

 

Once, Hadrat Sayyiduna ibn ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – went out of Madina Shareef with a few of his companions. They then decided to have some food. They sat on the floor and laid the eating the cloth and some food.

 

At that moment, they noticed a shepherd. Hadrat Sayyiduna ibn ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – then said the shepherd to come and join them, but he replied that he was fasting. The blessed companion asked, “You are fasting on such a hot day in this open plain and that too, you are also tending for this herd?”

 

The shepherd replied, “Yes, I am preparing for that day on which no one will be given an opportunity to perform any deed. This is the reason that I am preparing in this world.”

 

Hadrat Sayyiduna ibn ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – then decided to test the sincerity and honesty of the shepherd and asked him, “Will you be able to sell one of these animals to us and we will also be able to pay you for this? At the same time, we will also be able to give you some meat from there so that you can prepare Iftaar.”

 

However, the shepherd replied, “These animals do not belong to me. Hence, I cannot sell them to you. It belongs to another person.”

 

Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – tested him again by saying, “If any animals are missing, you can always say to your master that the wild animals had taken one of them. After all, in the wilds, one of two animals do go missing.”

 

When he heard these words, the shepherd walked away raising his hands towards the sky and saying all the time, “Where is Allah?”

 

So impressed was Hadrat Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – by this that even when the shepherd had gone away, he himself kept repeating the same words. When he returned to Madina Shareef, he inquired about who was the owner of this shepherd. He then freed the shepherd and purchased all of the animals and handed it to the shepherd as a gift. (Shuhubul Imaan, Usdul Ghaabah, etc)

 

 

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