When Sulaiman bin Abdul Malik and an Old Man Discussing Death
Upon entering the city mosque of Damascus, the caliph Sulaiman bin Abdul Malik (+674-717 AD), a caliph in the era of the Umayyah dynasty, saw a quite old man.
He was interested in asking him questions, “O Grandfather, does death please you?”
The grandfather replied, “By God, no.”
“Why is that, Grandftaher? Have you not reached a very old age as it seems now? “, the caliph Sulaiman bin Abdul Malik continued.
The grandfather did not immediately answer the question. He pondered for a moment then said,
“O Amirul Mukminin, youth times and all of its ugliness have vanished. Whereas, gray hair and its kindness have come to greet. When I rise, I praise and thank God. Likewise when sitting, I also praise and thank God. I am happy, these two conditions (always grateful when I get up and sit) are forever. ”
Hearing the grandfather’s answer, Caliph Sulaiman bin Abdul Malik asked deeper. “O grandfather, what is your deed so that you think it will last a long time?”
The grandfather replied, “O the Commander of the Faithful, I am a person who always purifies my wudlu (ablution), improve my prayers, connects good relationships with people, keeps my Farji and my views from vile deeds, and helps others using rizqi that Allah gave me.”
Amirul Mukminin, Sulayman bin Abdul Malik also said, “No wonder, death surpasses you.”
Source: Alf Qishshoh wa Qishshoh min Qashas al-Shalihin wa as-Shalihat wa nawadir az-Zahidin waz-Zahidat by Haniy al-Hajj.
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