An Interesting Character Called Bahlool And His Meeting With Ameerul Mumineen (Haaroon Ar-Rasheed)

| Abdullah Jallow |

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy.

Haaroon Ar-Rasheed [rahimahullaah] set out for Hajj and saw Bahlool [rahimahullaah] –  the insane –  in the middle of the town running, whilst the children were behind him; so Haaroon said, ‘Who is this?’ They said, ‘It is Bahlool the insane one’. He said, ‘I wanted to see him, so call him without intimidating him’. They said to Bahlool, ‘Answer the leader of the believers’, so Haaroon said to him, ‘O Bahlool! Peace be upon you’, he replied, ‘O leader of the believers! Peace be upon you’. Haaroon said, ‘I desired very much for a long time to meet you’, he said, ‘But I did not have that desire to meet you’. Haaroon said, ‘O Bahlool! Give me an admonition’, so he said, ‘With what should I admonish you whilst these are your castles and graves’. Haaroon said, ‘Increase your admonition, because indeed you have spoken well’.  He said, ‘O leader of the believers! The one upon whom Allaah has bestowed wealth and beauty, so he becomes chaste in his beauty  and charitable with his wealth, he will be written in the register of the righteous’. So Haaroon thought that Bahlool wanted something and said to him, ‘We have ordered that your debt is paid’. He said, ‘O leader of the believers! No, do not pay a debt with another debt, rather fulfil the rights of the people and eliminate your own debt from yourself’. Haaroon said, ‘We have been commanded to reward you’. He said, ‘O leader of the believers! Do you think that Allaah has given you and forgotten me?’ Then he ran away”.


Source: An Excerpt from ‘Uqalaa Al-Majaaneen’. Page 36

 

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