Islam is the Key
Many years ago, during the time of the Taabi’een (Generation of Muslims after the time of Sahaabah), Baghdad was a great city of Islam. Infact it was the capital of the Islam Empire and because of the great number of scholars who lived there, it was the Centre of the Islamic knowledge. One day, the ruler of Rome at that time sent an envoy to Baghdad with THREE CHALLENGES FOR THE MUSLIMS.When the envoy arrived at the city, he informed the Khalifah that he had three questions which he CHALLENGE Muslims to answer. The Khalifah gathered all the Scholars of the city and the envoy climbed a high Platform and said:” I have come with Three questions. If you answer them, then I will leave with you a great AMOUNT OF WEALTH which I brought from Rome .”
As for the questions THEY! WERE:
” WHAT WAS THERE BEFORE ALLAH?
IN WHICH DIRECTION DOES ALLAH FACE?
WHAT IS ALLAH ENGADED IN AT THIS MOMENT?”
The Great assembly of people remain SILENT! (Can you think of answers to these Questions?) In the midst of these brilliant Scholars and Students of Islam, there was a man looking on with his SON.
“ O my Dear Father! I will answer him and SILENCE him!” said the youth. So the boy sought the permission of the Khalifah to answer the questions and was granted.
The Roman addressed the young Muslim and repeated his first question:
” What was there before Allah?” The boy now asked, “ Do you know how to count?” “Yes” said the Roman.
“Then count down from Ten!” said the boy.
The Roman started, “Ten, Nine, Eight….” until he reached One and he stopped. ” But what comes before One?” said the boy. “there is nothing before One. That is it!” the Roman replied.
” Well then, if there obviously is nothing before the arithmetic ‘One’, HOW DO YOU EXPECT THAT THERE SHOULD BE ANYTHING BEFORE THE ‘ONE’ WHO IS ABSOLUTE TRUTH, ALL-ETERNAL, EVERLASTING, THE FIRST, THE LAST, THE MANIFEST AND THE HIDDEN?” SAID THE BOY.
Now the Roman was so surprise with this DIRECT ANSWER which he could not dispute.
So he asked: “Tell me in which Direction does Allah face?” “bring a candle and light it” said the boy. ” And tell me in which direction is the flame facing?”
“But the flame is just a light, it spreads in Each of the four directions-North, South, East and West. It does not face any one direction only.” said the Roman in wonderment!
The boy cried: “Then if this physical light spreads in all of the four directions such that you can not tell which way it faces, THEN WHAT DO YOU EXPECT OF THE NURUSSAMAWATI WAL ARD. ALLAH THE LIGHT OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH? LIGHT UPON LIGHT, ALLAH FACES ALL DIRECTIONS AT ALL TIMES.”
The Roman was stupefied and astounded that here was a young child answering WHAT HE CALLED CHALLENGES in such a way that he could not argue. So he desperately wanted to ask his final question. but before doing so, the boy said, “wait! you are the one who is asking the questions and I am the one answering them. It is only fair if you come down to I m standing and I should go up to where you are right now, so that the answers may be heard as clearly as the questions.” This seemed reasonable to the Roman, so he came down to where the boy was standing, leaving the boy to go up to where he was.
The Roman repeated his final challenge, “Tell me What is Allah doing at this moment?”
The boy Proudly answered: “At this moment, when Allah found upon this platform a LIAR AND MOCKER OF ISLAM, HE (ALLAH) CAUSED HIM TO DESCEND AND BROUGHT HIM LOW. AND AS FOR THE ONE WHO BELIEVED IN THE ONENESS OF ALLAH, HE RAISED HIM UP AND ESTABLISHED THE TRUTH. Everyday He exercises (Universal) POWER (Surah 55 Arrahman, v. 29).”
The Roman had nothing to say except to leave and return back to his Country, DEFEATED.
Meanwhile, this young Boy grew up to be One of the Most Famous Scholars of Islam. Allah the Exalted, Blessed him with special Wisdom and Knowledge of the Religion.
His name was ABU HANIFAH (RAHMATULLAHI ALAIHI) THE FOUNDER OF THE HANAFI MATH-HAB, MAY ALLAH HAVE MERCY ON HIM AND HE IS KNOWN TODAY AS IMAM ABU HANIFAH THE GREAT SCHOLAR OF ISLAM.
ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA MUHAMMAD , WA ALA ALI MUHAMMAD, KAMA SALLAITA ALA IBRAHIM , WA ALA ALI IBRAHIM INNAKA HAMIDUN MAJID.