The Sultan and the secret deed of the pious man

By : Alexander Mangorsi Mindanao Today/09:01:57am 08/06/2021


“A LITTLE bit of suspicion is a dangerous thing; a drop from a pipette of poison into a bucket of otherwise clean water.” Bella Pollen

The Sultan

Sultan Murad IV was the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1623 to 1640.

Murad IV was born in Constantinople, his father was Ahmed I and mother Kosem Sultan (or Anastasia, of Greek origin).

When he took the control of the state at the age of 21, he took some extreme precautions in order to eliminate the corruption within the empire, banned the use of alcohol and tobacco, implemented severe measures for the regular collection of taxes in order to increase the state's revenues, avoided unnecessary expenditures in the treasury, recovered the military discipline, participated in battles against the enemy to raise the morale of the commanders and soldiers in the trenches, and so on.

No disorder

Murad IV would never tolerate disorder and not obeying his laws and directives.

Sometimes he used to go around the city in plain cloths to check any undisciplined actions and irregularities by the locals, and personally punished the offenders.

He was tall and strong, had a dense black beard and hazel eyes. He was an excellent horseman and very good at the use of sword and the archery.

Besides his skills as a statesman and in the military grounds, he was a good poet, a skilled calligrapher and he wrote beautiful edicts in handwriting.

The wine, prostitute and the dead man

In one evening, Sultan Murad felt an uneasiness in himself and the urge to go out.

He called for his head of security and they went out.

They came to a busy vicinity, and found a man lying on the ground.

The Sultan prodded him but he was dead and the people were going about their own business.

Nobody seemed to care about the dead man lying on the ground.

The Sultan called upon the people.

They didn't recognize him and asked him what he wanted.

He said, “Why is this man lying dead on the ground and why does no one seem to care?

Where is his family?”

They replied, “He is so and so, the drunkard and fornicator!”

The Sultan said, “Is he not from the Ummah of Muhammad SAW? Now help me carry him to his house.”

The people carried the dead man with the Sultan to his house and once they reached, they all left.

The Sultan and his assistant remained.

When the man's wife saw his dead body, she began weeping.

She said to his dead body, "Allah have mercy on you! O friend of Allah! I bear witness that you are from the pious ones.”

The Sultan was bewildered.

He said, “How is he from the pious ones when the people say such and such things about him. So much so that no one even cared he was dead?”

She replied, “I was expecting that. My husband would go to the tavern every night and buy as much wine as he could. He would then bring it home and pour it all down the drain.”

He would then say, “I saved the Muslims a little today.”

He would then go to a prostitute, give her some money and tell her to close her door till the morning.

He would then return home for a second time and say, “Today I saved a young woman and the youth of the believers from vice.”

The people would see him buy wine and they would see him go to the prostitutes and they would consequently talk about him.

One day I said to him, “When you die, there will be no one to bathe you, there will be no one to pray over you and there will be no one to bury you!”

He laughed and replied, “Don't fear, the Sultan of the believers, along with the pious ones shall pray over my body.”

The Sultan began crying.

He said, “By Allah! He has said the truth, for I am Sultan Murad. Tomorrow we shall bathe him, pray over him and bury him.”

And it so happened that the Sultan, the scholars, the pious people and the masses prayed over him.

Lessons of the story

“Never judge someone by the opinion of others.” Anonymous

We judge people by what we see and what we hear from others.

Only if we were to see what was concealed in their hearts, a secret between them and their Lord.

Qur'an says:

“O you who believe, abstain from many of the suspicions. Some suspicions are sins. And do not be curious (to find out faults of others), and do not backbite one another. Does one of you like that he eats the flesh of his dead brother? You would abhor it. And fear Allah. Surely Allah is Most-Relenting, Very-Merciful." (Surah Al.Hujurat :12)

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger as saying:

Avoid suspicion, for suspicion is the gravest lie in talk and do not be inquisitive about one another and do not spy upon one another and do not feel envy with the other, and nurse no malice, and nurse no aversion and hostility against one another. And be fellow-brothers and servants of Allah.

In the words of Imam Jafar as-Sadiq: “If you find see something you don’t like in a brother, try to find 1-70 excuses for him. And if you can’t find an excuse, say, ‘There might be an excuse, but I don’t know it.’”

Stop judging and always keep our minds in positive thinking.

“Distrust is like a vicious fire that keeps going and going, even put out, it will reignite itself, devouring the good with the bad, and still feeding on empty.” Anthony Liccione

“When you have a bad suspicion about a Muslim in your heart, you should increase your consideration toward him and make dua for him. This way you will infuriate Satan and will be able to drive him away. Because of this, Satan will be reluctant to put evil thoughts into your heart, afraid that you would increase your consideration towards your brother and will make dua for him again.” Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

May Allah bless and forgive us always with giving this Ramadan to us as the best time for repentance. Aameen.

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