Category Archives: Abu al-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi

Stories of the Stupid and the Oblivious by Ibn Al-Jawzee

(Page 106, Dar-Al-Fikr 1990)

It is said that one community leader went to lead the community in Friday prayer.  He ascended the Mimbar (pulpit) and said “O people if you respect me, I will give you respect and if you consider me insignificant and disrespect me I will hold you less significant than this Fart (passing gas) and then he proceeded to fart while on the Mimbar (pulpit)! Continue reading

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Stories of the Stupid and the Oblivious by Ibn Al-Jawzee

Stories of the Stupid and the Oblivious by Ibn Al-Jawzee

(Page 166, Dar-Al Fikr 1990)

narrated Ibn al-Faraj, my father said” I saw a man on corner of the street tickling himself to laugh.  I inquired what are you doing?  The man replied I felt sad so I wanted to laugh a little!

Translation and contribution for youth reformation:

Br Yassir Butt

Best to sometimes be quiet

Stories of the Stupid and the Oblivious by Ibn Al-Jawzee

(Page 157, Dar-Al Fikr 1990)

A man used to sit in Qadi Abu Yusuf’s Halaqa (the great student of Imam Abu-Hanifa).  This individual used to maintain silence at all times, till Abu Yusuf started to notice him and thought highly of him for his manners and respect.  So, one day Abu Yusuf asked him “Brother why don’t you speak to us and participate in our discussion of Fiqh”.  The individual replied “When does a Fasting person eat?”.  Abu Yusuf replied “When the Sun sets at Maghrib”.  The individual replied “What if the Sun does not set till midnight?”.  Abu Yusuf laughed and said “You were correct to keep quite in the Halaqa at all times, and I was wrong when I forced you to speak”.

Translation and contribution for youth reformation:

Br Yassir Butt

From: Stories of the Stupid and the Oblivious

Stories of the Stupid and the Oblivious by Ibn Al-Jawzee chapter 17

وعن الأصمعي قال‏:‏ خرج قوم من قريش إلى أرضهم وخرج معهم رجل من بني غفار فأصابهم ريح عاصف يئسوا معها من الحياة ثم سلموا فأعتق كل رجل منهم مملوكاً فقال ذلك الأعرابي‏:‏ اللهم لا مملوك لي أعتقه ولكن امرأتي طالق لوجهك ثلاثاً‏.‏

According to Al-Asmae: Some people from the from Quraish traveling back to their land were severely affected by strong wind to a point where they were not able to withstand it.  Finally, the wind subsided so they demonstrated their gratitude by freeing a slave they owned.  One person did not have a slave so he said” O Allah I do not own a slave yet I like to show gratitude therefore I am divorcing my wife for your sake three times!”

Translation and contribution for youth reformation:

Br Yassir Butt

from: Stories of the Stupid and the Oblivious

أخبار الحمقى والمغفلين

اسم المؤلف. أبو الفرج عبد الرحمن بن علي بن الجوزي.

الباب الثاني عشر في ذكر المغفلين من الأمراء والولاة

قال ابن خلف‏:‏ واختصم رجلان إلى بعض الولاة فلم يحسن أن يقضي بينهما فضربهما وقال‏:‏ الحمد لله الذي لم يفتني الظالم منهما‏.‏

Stories of the Stupid and the Oblivious by Ibn Al-Jawzee chapter 12 Continue reading

‘i learn from your ignorance’ (section)

Stories of the Stupid and Oblivious (people)

By Abu al-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi

عن أبي العيناء قال‏:‏ كان المدني في الصف من وراء الإمام فذكر الإمام شيئاً فقطع الصلاة وقدم المدني ليؤمهم فوقف طويلاً فلما أعيا الناس سبحوا له وهو لا يتحرك فنحوه وقدموا غيره فعاتبوه فقال‏:‏ ظننته يقول لي‏:‏ احفظ مكاني حتى أجيء‏.‏

Narrated Abee Al-Ainaa: Continue reading