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The Real 13th Warrior

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Shaykh Ahmad ibn Fadhlan was a faqih.  He was sent from Baghdad in 921 CE to serve as the secretary to an ambassador from the Abbasid Caliph, al-Muqtadir to the Iltabar, a vassal-king under the Khazars, of the Volga Bulgaria, Almıs.  The embassy's objective was to have the king of the Bolğars pay homage to Caliph al-Muqtadir in return for money to pay for the construction of a fortress.  Although they managed to reach Bolgar, the mission failed because they were unable to collect the money intended for the king.  Annoyed at not receiving the promised sum, the king refused to switch from the Maliki madzhab then practised to the Hanafi madzhab practised in Baghdad.
The embassy left Baghdad on 21st June, 921 CE / 11th Swafar, 309 AH.  It reached the Bulgars after much hardship on 12th May, 922 CE / 12th Muharram, 310 AH.  This day is an official religious holiday in modern Tatarstan.  The journey took Shaykh ibn Fadhlan from Baghdad to Bukhara and …

"Dude, You have No Qur'an!"

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بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

There was a man in a park.  He had doused the Qur'an with gasoline and he was going to barbeque it.  There were Muslims there.  They just watched and they protested.  Along came this boy who was not even a Muslim.  He grabbed the Qur'an from the guy and ran away shouting: "Dude, you have no Qur'an!"
You see, once, long ago, a man was drunk, on the way home from the brothel.  A Muslim who did not pray.  And he found a scrap of parchment on the road with the name of Allah (s.w.t.) written on it.  He picked it up and rubbed some perfume on it and put it in his pocket and forgot all about it.
But Allah (s.w.t.) does not forget.  And made him a wali.  "You have cleansed My Name.  So I have Cleansed you and Raised you."  And the details of the story are in Annals of the Awliya’.  What more someone that saved an entire book of Revelation?  Even in his ignorance, that he did not know the Treasure that it was.  Do you not think…