Hazrat Hassan Al-Basri (Alaihi Al Rahma) Impresses An Unbelieving Neighbour

Hazrat Hasan al-Basri (AR) bonce fell sick. His neighbour, an unbeliever, came to pay him a visit.

“O Imam,” he exclaimed, “I detect a bad smell.” The Imam told him it was caused by illness, but the neighbour insisted: “That is not the odor of sickness. It is a lavatory smell. For the love of Allah, tell me what it is!”
He had not noticed that sewage was leaking from his house into that of the Imam.

When the neighbour pressed him, the Imam finally said: “For some months your drain has been seeping through to our side. I tried to fix it, but without success.”
His neighbour asked why he had not told him before, but the venerable Imam said: “I might have offended you.”

The unbeliever was so impressed by this ethical refinement that he was ennobled with True Faith, for he recognized the Imam’s morality as a ray of Islam.

 

from Irshad
by Sheikh Muzaffer Ozak al-Jerrahi

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The story of Abu Hanifa (radi Allahu ‘anhu), and his neighbor

It is well known that Abu Hanifa (radi Allahu ‘anhu), did tahajjut every night. He would spend his night reciting the Quran. He had a neighbor who was an alcoholic, and he used to drink a lot and sing love poems. This used to bother the imam.

But one day, the imam did not hear this man’s revelry, so he went and asked about him. They said, “Oh, so-and-so. They took him to jail.” So, the very well respected imam went to the jail. He was the most respected imam and qaadi at the time in that place. When the ruler found out the imam went to the jail, he asked for the reason and was told that the imam was concerned about his neighbor who had been arrested. So, the ruler said to release the man, and he was released.

The neighbor then asked Abu Hanifa why he did that, and he replied, “Because you have a right upon me as a neighbor, and I have not been neglectful of that.” That was the reason that the neighbor made tauba to Allah subhâna wa ta’âla [that is: embraced islam].

From LINK: Muslims Living in Non-Muslim Lands by Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah.