Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) & Musa (a.s.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam Abu al-Hasan ash-Shadzili (q.s.) dreamt that he entered Jerusalem and saw the Prophet (s.a.w.) on a throne or a raised chair and around him were all the prophets.  He heard Musa (a.s.) say to the Prophet (s.a.w.), “You say that the scholars of your ummah are like the prophets of Israelites.”

And the Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “Yes, would you like to meet one of them?”  He turned around and asked, “Where is Abu Hamid al-Ghazali?”

Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) entered and sat with them.  They asked him, “What is your name, O Imam?”

He replied, “My name is Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali at-Tusi.”

Musa (a.s.) said to him, “We only asked your name.  We did not want to know the name of your father and grandfather and tribe!  Is this from good manners?”

Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) turned to the Prophet (s.a.w.) and asked, “O Messenger of God, should I keep quiet in front of the One Who Speaks Directly to God, or should I answer him?”

The Prophet (s.a.w.) replied, “Go ahead and reply.”

Imam al-Ghazali (r.a.) said, "O Musa, O He Who Speaks to God Directly, when your Lord Asked you, ‘What is that in your right hand, O Musa?’ you replied, ‘It is my staff; I lean upon it, I tend to my flock with it and it has many other uses.’  And you were not asked about all this except what was in your hand!”

Musa (a.s.) was surprised and said, “You have spoken the truth, O Messenger of God; the scholars of your ummah resemble the prophets amongst us.”


  1. Wonderful, thank you for sharing that beautiful story-one I haven't heard before. (Gorgeous image as well.) May Allah continue to shower us with His Mercy and guide us to perceive it...


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