Tawaswswul Experienced by Shaykh Awn ad-Din ibn Hubayrah al-Hanbali (r.a.)

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is an example of tawaswswul as experienced by Shaykh Abu al-Muzhaffar ‘Awn ad-Din Yahya ibn Hubayrah ash-Shaybani ad-Duri al-Baghdadi al-Hanbali (r.a.) at the grave of Shaykh Ma’ruf al-Kharki (q.s.).

Shaykh ibn Khallikan (r.a.), in his biographical dictionary, Wafayat al-‘Ayan wa Anba’ Abna’ az-Zaman, mentioned that Shaykh Shams ad-Din Abu al-Muzhaffar Yusuf ibn Kizughli (r.a.), the grandson of Imam Abu Faraj ibn al-Jawzi (r.a.), related in his work, Mirat az-Zaman, that Shaykh ibn Hubayrah al-Hanbali (r.a.) had given an account of himself.

He had said, “I was in such straitened circumstances that, for some days, I remained without food.  One of my family then advised me to visit the tomb of Ma’ruf al-Kharki, and there ask God’s Assistance, because all prayers offered up at that tomb were fulfilled.  So I went to the tomb of Ma’ruf, prayed there and invoked. I then retired with the intention of returning to the town,” referring to Baghdad, “and I passed through Katufta, and there I saw a deserted mosque.

I went into it for the sake of saying a prayer of two raka’ah, and saw there a sick man lying on a mat.  I sat down by his head and asked him if he desired anything.  He replied, ‘A quince.’  I went to a fruiterer and got for him two quinces and an apple, for which I left my cloak in pledge.  The man ate part of the quince and made me shut the door.  When I had done so, he got off the mat and told me to dig there.  I dug and found a jar.  ‘Take it,’ he said, ‘for you are more deserving of it than any other.’  The jar contained five hundred dananir.”


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