Hadhrat Abu Talha (Radhiyallahu anhu) and his Salaat
Hadhrat Abu Talha (Radhiyallaho anho) was once saying his Salaat
in his garden. His attention was drawn towards a bird that flitted
about, but could not find a way out of the dense foliage. For a
short moment, he followed the bird with his eyes, and forgot the
number of his rakaat. Upon this mishap, his sorrow knew no bounds.
He repaired to the Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) presence
straightway and submitted thus:
"0 Prophet of Allah, this garden of mine has been
the cause of a diversion in my Salaat. I give it away in the cause
of Allah. Kindly spend it as may appear proper to you."
A similar chance befell one of the Ansaar in the time of Hadhrat
Usman (Radhiyallaho anho). He was saying his Salaat in his garden.
The branches of the trees were weighed down with ripe juicy dates,
luxurious abundance, which caught his eyes, and he felt pleased
with it. This made him forget the number of his rakaat. He was so
much stricken with grief that he decided to part with the garden
that had distracted him from his Salaat.
He approached Usman (Radhiyallaho anho) and made over the garden
to him for utilising it in the path of Allah. Usman (Radhiyal-laho
anho) had the garden sold for fifty thousand dirhams and spent the
money as desired. This shows the value the Sahaba set on their faith;
and Hadhrat Abu Talha (Radhiyallaho anho) could give away his orchard
worth fifty thousand dirhams because it had interfered with his
Salaat. According to Shah Waliullah, the Sufis give preference to
obedience to Allah over anything that distracts from it.
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