Buried Treasure

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Hasan ibn Ziyad (r.a.) related that a man once buried his treasure and then forgot where he had buried it.  He searched everywhere but could not find it.  He decided to go and see Imam Abu Hanifah (r.a.) and related his problem.

Imam Abu Hanifah (r.a.) advised him, “This is not a problem of fiqh that I can solve.  Go home and offer swalah all night until you remember where you have buried it.”

Acting upon the Imam Abu Hanifah’s (r.a.) advice, he stood in prayer.  After less than a quarter of the night had passed, he remembered where he had buried the treasure.  The man then went and retrieved the treasure.  The following day the man related the events to Imam Abu Hanifah (r.a.).  Imam Abu Hanifah (r.a.) said, “I knew Shaythan would not let you pray all night until he himself would remind you.  If only you had prayed all night thanking Allah (s.w.t.).”


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