Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Fear Allah


From Purification of the Heart, p 41

There is a well-known story about al-Asma'i, the famous Arab philologist and anthologer of poetry, when he once came upon a Bedouin and was invited to enter his tent. It is part of Bedouin culture for the women to serve guests in the presence of their husbands. This Bedouin happened to have had a very beautiful wife, though he himself was quite unattractive. And when the man went out to sacrifice the sheep, the guest couldn't resist saying to this woman, "How did such a beautiful woman like you marry such an ugly man like that?" The woman said, "Fear God! Perhaps he had done good works accepted by his Lord and I am his reward."

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Assalamu Alaicum.

It seems to me that I should help my poor relatives and friends soon because I am planning to get married soon.

Amy said...

Walaikum as-salaam

How is that related to my post?

Nameseek said...

This is awesome! => "How did such a beautiful woman like you marry such an ugly man like that?" The woman said, "Fear God! Perhaps he had done good works accepted by his Lord and I am his reward."

Its making me laugh in a nice way :)

What an amazingly insightful woman,mA. I like this story so much, really..