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    ‘ My brother, may Allah forgive you...

    Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam 'ala Rasulillah.'

    'As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu'.

    A burglar scaled the wall of Maalik bin Dinar’s

    [Allah have mercy on him] house one night and easily
    managed to get inside...{!}

    Once inside the house, the thief was disappointed
    to see that there was nothing inside actually worth stealing ~ {!!!}

    The owner of the home was inside at the time, he was busy performing prayer .

    Realizing that he was not alone,
    Maalik[ra] quickly ended his prayer and turned around to face the thief...

    without showing any sign of being shocked or afraid, Maalik[ra] calmly extended greetings of

    'Peace' and then said:-

    ‘ My brother, may Allah forgive you...
    You entered my home and found nothing that is
    worth taking, yet I do not want you to leave my home
    without taking away some benefit.’

    He stood up, went to another part of the room, and came back with a jug full of water...
    he looked into the eyes of the burglar and said:-

    ‘Make Ablution and perform two [2] units of Prayer, for if you do so, you will leave my home with a greater treasure than you had initially sought when you entered it.’Cont

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    Much humbled by Maalik’s[ra] manners and words,
    the thief said,
    ‘Yes, that is a generous offer indeed.’

    After making ablution and performing two [2] units of prayer, the burglar said:-

    ‘O Maalik, would you mind if I stayed for a while,
    for I want to stay to perform two [2]more units
    of prayer ?’

    Maalik[ra] said, ‘Stay for whatever amount of prayer Allah decrees for you to perform now.’

    The thief ended up spending the entire night at
    Maalik’s [ra] house.

    He continued to pray until the morning.

    Then Maalik [ra] said...
    ‘Leave now and be good.’

    But... instead of leaving, the thief said:-

    ‘Would you mind if I stayed here with you today,
    for I have made an intention to fast the day?’

    Stay as long as you wish,’ said Maalik.

    The burglar ended up staying for a number of days, praying during the late hours of each night and fasting throughout the duration of each day.

    When he finally decided to leave, the burglar said:-

    ‘O Maalik, I have made a firm resolve to repent for my sins and for my former way of life.’

    Maalik said, ‘Indeed, that is in the Hand of Allah.’
    The man did mend his ways and began to lead a life of righteousness and obedience to Allah.

    Later on, he came across another burglar he knew.
    [his friend]who said to him...

    ‘Have you found your treasure yet?’

    He said... ‘My brother, what I found is
    Maalik bin Dinaar[ra] ...{!}

    I went to steal from him, but it was he who ended up stealing my heart...{!}

    'I have indeed repented to Allah, and I will remain
    at the door
    [of His Mercy andForgiveness] until I achieve what his obedient, loving slaves have achieved.’

    [Source:-Al-Mawaa'idh wal-Majaalis: 85]

    Allaah says:

    “And remember your Lord with your Tongue and within yourself, Humbly and with Fear and without loud words, in the morning and afternoon and be not of those who are neglectful.”

    [Source:-'Quran' ~ Surat Al-A’araaf ~ A# 205]

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