Shaykh Malik ibn Dinar (q.s.) & the Dying Usurer

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Farid ad-Din ‘Aththar Abu Hamid ibn Abu Bakr Ibrahim (q.s.) wrote, in his Tadzkirat al-Awliya’, that Shaykh Malik ibn Dinar (q.s.) once went to visit a person who was close to his death.  Shaykh Malik ibn Dinar (q.s.) repeatedly advised him to recite the kalimah shahadah, the testification of faith, but he continued to say, “Ten, eleven!  Ten, eleven!”

When the man was asked as to why he continued to say this, he replied, “There is a mountain of fire in front of me; whenever I try to recite the kalimah shahadah, the mountain of fire approaches to burn me."

Shaykh Malik ibn Dinar (q.s.) then asked people as to what deeds the dying person used to do in the world.  They replied that he was an usurer, and would weigh things dishonestly.


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