» 21st June 2012
Honesty Reforms Robbers
Shaykh 'Abdul Qadir Jilani رحمه الله says: "Truth and honesty were the cornerstones of our home. When I left Makkah for Baghdad, in my quest for knowledge, my mother handed me forty dinars and took an oath from me that I would always be truthful. Our caravan travelled safely until we reached Hamdaan, where we were attacked by a group of highway robbers.
While plundering the caravan, one of the robbers passed by me and asked, 'What do you have with you?'
I replied, 'Forty dinars.'
The man thought that I was joking and left me alone. A short while later, another robber noticed me and posed the same question. I again replied that I had forty dinars. He was amazed and led me to their leader.
He began questioning me, 'Why did you speak the truth?'
I replied, 'My mother took an oath from me that I would always speak the truth and I fear being dishonest in this regard.'
My words struck him like a thunderbolt. He began to scream and tear his clothing apart. He exclaimed, 'You fear being dishonest regarding the oath you made to your mother, whereas I have no fear for the oath of Allaah!'
He then ordered that all the wealth and valuables stolen from the caravan be returned, and said, 'Today, I repent to Allaah on your hands.'
The remaining members followed their leader's example and also repented." [Pearls from the Path]
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