Notes taken from Sh. Atabek Shukurov's Quduri lecture #3

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Notes taken from Sh. Atabek Shukurov's Quduri lecture #3

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Khorasan, like always have gave birth to champions. Abdullah Ibn Mobarak was also a native of khorasan (present day Uzbekistan). Belonged to a very wealthy background, left home at very young age to acquire knowledge,Studied under Imam Abu hanifa. His excellence of his memory is shown by an incidence which took place whilst he was travelling with his friend, they were both memorising the Quraan, and they came across an imam giving a khutba. Both of the friends sat down to listen to the khutba, at the end of the sermon, Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak told his friend he had memorised the whole khutba, his friend was astonished and said, ‘you’re joking right?’ to which Ibn al-Mubarak recounted the whole khutba from start to finish, exactly as the Imaam had said it. Known for following the Prophet Muhammed sallallahu alayhee wassalam on two things: Knowledge and Jihad.
Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, “During the era of Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak, there was no one who sought knowledge more than him, he travelled to Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Basra, Kufa, Levant.”
Abu Nu'aym, “Master of Quraan and Hajj and Jihaad. His actions were Mubarak (blessed) and his speech was Mubarak (blessed).”
Ad-Dhahabi, “He was the Scholar of Islaam, the leader of the Pious, spent his life in Jihaad and sponsored his brothers to study knowledge and to go on Hajj. (He would often fund and sponsor Hajj pilgrimages, taking hundreds of people at once)
ahya Ibn Ma’een, “He was a cup overflowing with trustworthiness, a scholar of hadith, and he narrated ahadeeth from 20-21,000 books.”
As-Sufyan, “He is the best person in the whole of the East.” However, someone else disagreed and said, “Abdullah Ibn al Mubarak is the best in the East and the West and all that is in between them.”
Would teach and learn for 10 months and then go for Jihaad for10 months.
Once Ibn al-Mubarak went to the town of Imaam Maalik (which was Madina). There was a huge study circle and Imaam Maalik asked Ibn al-Mubarak to sit next to him. Everybody was shocked as they had no idea who this stranger was. People would ask Imaam Maalik questions, and Imaam Maalik would turn to his left, whisper to the stranger and then give an answer to the rest of the people. (Imaam Maalik was answering the questions based on what Ibn al-Mubarak had said). Afterwards the people asked Imaam Maalik ‘who was that man?’ to which Imaam Maalik replied, ‘Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak, the Faqeeh, the Aalim of Khorasan.’”
At the time of Ibn al-Mubarak, the khalifa was Haroon al-Rasheed. One day, his mother was on the balcony of the Khalifa’s estate and she saw a huge gathering of thousands of people around Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak, she asked who is that man? Someone told her that that is Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak, the faqeeh, and the aalim of Khurasan to which she replied, ‘He should be the Khalifah, not my son, my son needs bodyguards to go out in the public, but this man is able to travel and teach in front of thousands.
Hibban Abu Musa narrated, “When Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak went to his first ever expedition he said, ‘inna lillalahi wa inna ilayhi rajioun – all our life we have spent gathering knowledge on the minor points of fiqh and we didn’t realise the open doors of paradise are here at the battlefield, and we’ve left them behind all this time.’ And then he began to cry.”
Amidst a battle between the Romans and the Muslims, it was known for participants of each side to duel first. A Roman soldier killed the Muslim, then he duelled with another Muslim and killed him too, and then another Muslim and killed him too, until the same Roman had killed three Muslims. Then a man from amongst the Muslims came forward and duelled with the Roman for over an hour until he killed the Roman. After he had killed the Roman, he duelled with another Roman and killed him, and then another and killed him, until he had killed three Romans. The Man hid his face and went into the people, someone from amongst the Muslims wanted to see who it was who had killed three Romans so he followed the man and then took off his cloak which was covering his face. Only to reveal that it was indeed, Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak, the faqeeh, the aalim of Khorasan. At this, Ibn al-Mubarak said, “Why have you embarrassed me? By exposing me and the good deeds I have done.” The reason Ibn al-Mubarak said this was because the Sahaba would hide their good deeds exactly as they would hide their bad deeds, this was so that the intention was purified for the sake of Allaah only.
“Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak travelled 2,600 km just to wage jihaad, once he went to a place and announced to the people who wants to protect the Muslim borders? So all those who were interested in participating got together, a lot of these people were poor, therefore in order to save them the embarrassment, Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak said, ‘look, why don’t we all get out money together, and as we go along, we’ll spend the money equally amongst ourselves.’ So that’s what they did. They put all their money together in one chest, and throughout the journey he gave the people whatever they desired, food, clothing, etc. At the end of the expedition he put more of his own money in the chest and gave it back to the people so they received more than they had put in the chest initially. When someone asked him why he did such, Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak replied, “Do you not think that Allaah can bless your intentions and deeds with more wealth?”
Al-Fudayl ibn `Ayyad was a good friend of Ibn al-Mubarak and he was also a scholar. Ibn Ayyad was a highway robber before he accepted Islaam. During his days of ignorance, once, he was climbing a balcony to meet a woman when he heard the ayah,:p>:p>
“Has not the time come for those who believe, for their hearts to become humble and tremble with the remembrance of Allaah.”:p>:p>
When he heard this ayah, he was shocked and he repented with the vow that every single year he would do Hajj.:p>:p>
During his Hajj pilgrimage one year, Ibn Ayyad decided to write to his friend Ibn al-Mubarak (who was at the battlefield) to ask him to do hajj with him so they could feel the spirituality of this special occasion together. Ibn al-Mubarak responded to Ibn Ayyad with a long letter highlighting the importance of Jihaad. To which Fudayl ibn ‘Ayyad replied back agreeing with Ibn al-Mubarak and saying that the real ibaadah was at the Battlefield.
·He was a rich tradesman, Allaah blessed him with wealth
·He didn’t want to be dependant on others
·He spent very little money on himself
·He would sponsor people for hajj
·He would give money to people so they could decorate their houses and buy food to welcome those who came back from Hajj and the Battlefield
·His famous saying, “If you have to have taqwa and go to jihad, then it has to start with your money. Be detached with your money.”
·Person of trust – Once he borrowed a pen from someone in Syria and he made his journey to Iraq, when he realised that he still had the pen with him, so he went all the way back to Syria just to return the pen.
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