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THUS TOLD PROPHET MUHAMMAD( SAS) THE STORY OF THREE MEN

Abu ‘Abdu’r-Rahman ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab said, “I heard the Messenger
of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, “Three men of the
past were travelling and took refuge for the night in a cave. They entered
it and a rock fell down the mountain and blocked the entrance. They said,
‘The only thing that will rescue us from this rock is to call on Allah
invoking good actions we have done!’ One of them said, “O Allah, my parents
are both old and it is my habit never to give milk in the evening either
to my family or friends before giving it to them first. One day I went
a long way in search of something and did not reach them until they had
already gone to bed. I milked their evening drink but found them asleep.
I did not want to wake them nor to give my family or friends their evening
drink before they had had theirs, so I remained with the cup in my hand
waiting for them to wake up until dawn came. The children were at my feet,
crying because of hunger. Then they woke up and drank their drink. O Allah,
if I did that out of the desire for Your Face, then rescue us from the
situation we are in regarding this rock.” It opened up a little but they
still could not get out. The second said, “O Allah! A cousin of mine was
the person I loved more than any other. (Another variant has, “I used to
love one of my uncle’s daughters with the most intense love it is possible
for a man to have for a woman.”) I tried to seduce her and she refused
me until, one year when she was in dire need, she came to me and I gave
her a hundred and twenty dinars provided that she would let me do what
I wanted with her. She did that but when I was about to have my way with
her, (One variant has, “when I was between her legs.”) she said, ‘Fear
Allah and do not break the seal without having the right to do so.’ Then
I left her alone in spite of the fact that she was, of all people, the
one I loved the most and also left her with the gold I had given her. O
Allah, if I did that out of the desire for Your Face, then rescue us from
our situation!” The rock moved a little further but they still could not
get out. The third said, “O Allah, I employed some workers and gave all
of them their wages except for one man who went off without taking what
he was owed. I invested his wage until it multiplied in value. After a
time he came to me and said, ”Abdullah, pay me my wage!’ I said, ‘All
the camels, cattle, sheep and slaves that you see here have come from your
wage.’ He said, ”Abdullah, do not make fun of me?’ I said, ‘I am not making
fun of you.’ He took them all and drove them off, not leaving anything.
O Allah, if I did that out of the desire for Your Face, then rescue us
from the situation we are in!” The rock moved away and they walked out.'”
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