Fudhail bin Iyyadh رحمة الله عليه was brought up in Abiward, a town and district between Sarakhs and Nasa, now belonging to the republic of Turkmenistan. His initial life was one of looting and highway robbery until he sincerely repented and began treading the path of truth and salvation. He was considered to be from […]
Asalamu alaikum…this is our first guest post as such…credit goes to Miss Muslimah’s wonderful blog. I have always loved the story of Fudhail bin Iyaadh ra and Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb ra, was someone very influential and beloved to us and we dearly miss him, may Allah Taala grant all those who have preceeded us with Imaan…the highest stages in Jannah -ameen. So the post caught my eye.. hereunder is Fudhail ra’s full story…
Al-Fudayl bin Iyaad was famous for his piety and worship, but he was not always a practicing Muslim. In his early years, al-Fudayl was an infamous highway robber; he would prowl in the night for victims on the road from Abiward to Sarakhs. Between these two cities was a small village in which lived a girl that al-Fudayl was in love with. One night, out of desperation to be with her, al-Fudayl climbed the wall of her home. As he was climbing over it, he heard a voice recite:
أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَنْ تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ
Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah’s Reminder?
[Qur’an al-Hadeed : 16]
At that moment, al-Fudayl answered, “O my Lord, the time has indeed come.” He returned from where he came and sought refuge near a traveling party on the main road. They were busy engaging in a serious discussion. al-Fudayl heard one of them say, “Let us continue our journey now.” Another answered, “No, not until the morning, for al-Fudayl is lurking on the road somewhere out there, just waiting to rob us.”
Having heard the entire conversation, al-Fudayl thought to himself, “I go around in the night to sin, while a group of Muslims remain here because they fear me. Indeed i feel that Allah has brought me here to them only so that I can reform my character. O Allah, I indeed repent to you..”
THE INTEGRITY OF AL-FUDAYL BIN ‘IYAAD
Ar-Rashid, a first century ruler, once said to al-Fudayl bin Iyaad, “Admonish me.”
“O Leader of the believers!” said al-Fudayl. “Indeed your grandfather, al-Abbaas, the uncle of the Prophet, once went to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, appoint me to be a leader.’ The Messenger of Allah said, ‘My uncle, indeed, being a leader leads to sorrow, and regret on the Day of Resurrection. If you are able to go without ever being a leader, then do so!’”
Moved to tears, ar-Rashid said, “Give me more.”
al-Fudayl looked at ar-Rashid and said, “O one who has a handsome face, if you are able to protect that face from the Hell-fire then do so. And beware of ever cheating or betraying your people.”
Being much moved by al-Fudayl’s words, ar-Rashid wanted to reward him.
“Do you have any debts?” he asked.
“To my Lord, yes, and He will hold me accountable for them,” said al-Fudayl.
“I am of course referring to debts to other human beings,” said ar-Rashid.
After al-Fudayl answered in the negative, ar-Rashid said to one of his assistants, “Give him 1000 dinars, which he can use to help his family.”
Al-Fudayl was greatly offended by these words and said, “How perfect Allah is! I am guiding you to safety and you want to reward me with this paltry, worldly sum!” He then left, refusing to take anything.