A Wise Young Muslim Boy

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    Many years ago, during the time of the Tâbi'în (the generation of Muslims after the Sahâbah), Baghdâd was a great city of Islam. In fact, it was the capital of the Islamic Empire
    and, because of the great number of scholars who lived there, it was the center of Islamic knowledge.


    One day, the ruler of Rome at the time sent an envoy to Baghdâd with
    three challenges for the Muslims. When the messenger reached the city, he informed
    the khalîfah that he had three questions which he challenged the Muslims
    to answer.



    The khalîfah gathered together all the scholars of the city and the
    Roman messenger climbed upon a high platform and said, "I have come with
    three questions. If you answer them, then I will leave with you a great amount
    of wealth which I have brought from the king of Rome." As for the questions,
    they were: "What was there before Allâh?" "In which direction
    does Allâh face?" "What is Allâh engaged in at this
    moment?"



    The great assembly
    of people were silent. (Can you think of answers to these questions?) In
    the midst of these brilliant scholars and students of Islam was a man looking
    on with his young son. "O my dear father! I will answer
    him and silence him!" said the youth. So the boy sought the permission
    of the khalîfah to give the answers and he was given the permission
    to do so.



    The Roman addressed the young Muslim and repeated his first question,



    "What was there before Allâh?"



    The boy asked, "Do
    you know how to count?"



    "Yes," said the
    man.



    "Then count down from ten!" So the Roman counted down, "ten,
    nine, eight, ..." until he reached "one" and he stopped counting.



    "But what comes before 'one'?" asked
    the boy.



    "There is nothing before one- that is it!" said
    the man.



    "Well then, if
    there obviously is nothing before the arithmetic 'one', then how do you
    expect that there should be anything before the 'One' who is Absolute Truth,
    All-Eternal, Everlasting- the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden?"



    Now the man was
    surprised by this direct answer which he could not dispute. So he asked, "Then tell me, in which direction is Allâh
    facing?"



    "Bring a candle and light it," said the boy, "and
    tell me in which direction the flame is facing."



    "But the flame
    is just light- it spreads in each of the four directions,
    North, South, East
    and West. It does not face any one direction only," said
    the man in wonderment.



    The boy cried, "Then if this physical light spreads in all four directions
    such that you cannot tell me which way it faces, then what do you expect of
    the Nûr-us-Samâwâti-wal-'Ard: Allâh- the Light of the
    Heavens and the Earth!? Light upon Light, Allâh faces all directions
    at all times."



    The Roman was stupified and astounded that here was a young child answering
    his challenges in such a way that he could not argue against the proofs. So,
    he desperately wanted to try his final question. But before doing so, the boy
    said,



    "Wait! You are
    the one who is asking the questions and I am the one who is giving the
    answer to these challenges. It is only fair that you should come down to
    where I am standing and that I should go up where you are right now, in
    order that the answers may be heard as clearly as the questions."



    This seemed reasonable
    to the Roman, so he came down from where he was standing and the boy ascended
    the platform. Then the man repeated his final challenge, "Tell
    me, what is Allâh doing at this moment?"



    The boy proudly
    answered, "At this moment, when Allâh found upon
    this high platform a liar and mocker of Islam, He caused him to descend and
    brought him low. And as for the one who believed in the Oneness of Allâh,
    He raised him up and established the Truth. Every day He exercises (universal) power (Surah 55 ar-Rahmân, Verse 29)."




    The Roman had nothing
    to say except to leave and return back to his country, defeated. Meanwhile,
    this young boy grew up to become one of the most famous scholars of Islam.
    Allâh, the Exalted, blessed him with special wisdom
    and knowledge of the deen. His name was Abu Hanîfah (rahmatullâh
    'alayhi- Allâh have mercy on him) and he is known today as Imâm-e-A'zam,
    the Great Imâm and scholar of Islam. May Allâh shower some of His
    Mercy in the same way upon our Muslim children who are growing up today. Âmeen.



    [Adapted into English
    from "Manâqib Abî Hanîfah" written
    by Imâm Muwaffaq Ibn Ahmad
    al-Makki (d. 568 Hijri). Dar al-Kitâb al-'Arabiy, Beirut, 1981/1401H.]
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    i never get tired of this story, it's so meaningful and so awesome. asalamu alaykum and jazakallahu khayran.
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    Masha allah what a beautiful and beneficail post may i copy this and send it too people i know i havent heard of this story before i think it is very interesting.
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    Yeah, course you can! :hijabi:

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