• the • other • fire • kept • my • mind • busy •

A fire once broke out in a house where ‘Ali bin al-Husayn* – may Allah have mercy on him – was prostrate in prayer. He didn’t raise his head until the fire went out. When asked about this he said:

The other Fire kept my mind busy.”

– Adh-Dhahabi in Siyar A’laam Al-Nubalaa‘ under the biography of ‘Ali bin al-Husayn, Zayn Al-‘Aabideen.

* ‘Ali bin al-Husayn, known as Zayn Al-‘Aabideen for his devout worship, was the great-grandson of the Prophet – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. He was the only surviving son of al-Husayn, son of ‘Ali bin Abi Taalib – may Allah be please with them.

Abu Ad-Dardaa’ – may Allah be pleased with him – said:

It is from a person’s knowledge and understanding that he sees to his needs first in order to turn to his prayer with a heart free of distractions.”

Ibn Al-Mubaarak in Az-Zuhd wa Ar-Raqaa’iq 2/726


One Response to “• the • other • fire • kept • my • mind • busy •”

  1. al-Furqaan Says:

    as-Salaamu 3laykum Wa-Re7matullaahee Wa-Barakaatu7

    Subhan’AllaaH Do We Ever Think Like That

    The Words Of Ali Ibn Husayn Came To Mind Before I Was To Going To Perform My Salah

    ‘The other Fire Kept My Mind Busy’

    May AllaaH (Swt) Forgive Us and Give Us Hearts and Minds To Contemplate With Such Wisdom


    Jazaakhi’Allaahu Khayr

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