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The Value of a Promise


Posted: 16 Nov 2009 09:25 AM PST


On the battlefield of Jihad, Hadhrat Sufyaan Thauri (rahmatullah alayh) was locked in combat with a Magian (Fire-Worshipper). While the two were fighting,. Hadhrat Su­fyaan requested the Fire-Worshipper to halt the duel to allow him to perform Salaat.


The Magian agreed. Hadhrat Sufyaan per­formed his Salaat. The duel resumed. Soon it was time for the Fire-Worshipper to pray. He now requested to say his prayers. Hadhrat Su­fyaan complied and the duel stopped.


When Hadhrat Sufyaan saw the mushrik engaging in his idolatry, his anger over­whelmed him. He moved in the direction of the Magian to slay him. The Magian was still in his prayer. As Hadhrat Sufyaan made a move to advance, he heard a voice repri­manding him: "Fulfil your promises."


Overcome with remorse, Hadhrat Sufyaan backed off and wept profusely. Meanwhile the Magian had noticed these queer developments. He completed his prayer and requested Hadhrat Sufyaan to explain what had transpired. Hadhrat Sufyaan explained what he had intended to do and the Divine Reprimand. Warning him.


On hearing this, the Magian was touched. His heart had opened up for absorbing the rays of hidaayat. He commented that the Rabb of Islam was truly wonderful and unique. He reprimands even His friends for protecting His enenmies. This must truly be the true Deen. He accepted Islam at the hands of Hadhrat Sufyaan Thauri (rahmaatullah alayh).


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