Styles of giving money
Mufti Ahmad Yaar Khan Naeemi
says in 'Noor-ul-Irfan', this tells us that if giving sadaqah to a poor
person publicly humiliates him it should be given discreetly without
others knowing because giving sadaqah publicly in this case would cause
him grief'. So when giving money to a scholar or Imam the envelope
should be given in an unrevealing way. Some people place the money in
the Imam's hand and close it in a manner revealing that he is being
given money; in fact some people give a note for Dua in a manner
implying it is money! This manner of giving a note could hurt the
feelings of a dignified Muslim.
Shaikh Shibli's hatred for treachery
My Dear Islamic Brothers! Treachery is a big problem.
Our pious predecessor's
treachery. Sayyiduna Shaikh Abu Bakr Shibli
to a sheikh to master the science of nahw (Arabic etymology). The
teacher said, 'Daraba Zaidun Amran' (Zaid hit Amr) He asked his teacher,
'Did Zaid really hit Amr?' He replied, 'No, it is only an example'. The
shaikh said, 'I cannot learn a science based on lies'.
Baab-uz-Zakaat, P199, Dar-ul-Kutubul Ilmiya)
My Dear Islamic Brothers! Did you see how much
Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Shibli
hated treachery? This is an example of his great piety, despite the fact
that there was no harm in giving such an example.
and the man who was deceiving a horse
The most authentic book after the Holy Qur'an is
'Sahih Bukhari'. Sayyiduna sheikh Muhammad bin Ismail Bukhari
done a huge favour upon the Muslim Ummah by very scrupulously collecting
these Ahadith. Here is an example of his piety and scrupulous character;
he once went to see a man in order to hear a hadith, the man's horse had
ran away from him and stood at a distance, to make the horse walk
towards him he lifted his shirt and acted as if he had barley inside it
and began to tempt the animal, this made the animal come back to him
allowing the man to catch it. Sayyiduna Imam Bukhari
asked the man if he really did have barley in his shirt, to which the
reply was, 'No, I only did it to bring the horse back'. The Imam said,
'How can I take a blessed hadith of The Holy Prophet
from a man who
lies to animals!'
(Nuzha-tul-Majalis, Baab-uz-Zakaat, P199, Dar-ul-Kutubul Ilmiya)
My Dear Islamic Brothers! Our pious predecessors had
Madani intellects; their minds reached places we are negligent of. May
protect us from the disasters of treachery.