The Story of Ibn Sirin & Honey – Khalid Basalamah Muhammad ibn Sirin he once bought some honey. And he bought it on a large earthen jar. This jar in ancient times, maybe able to accommodate around 200 kilos to 250 kilos of honey. When he bought it, he put it on that jar. Apparently at night, he forgot to close the lid. Then entered the rat. And this large amount of honey was taken, right before due. Muhammad ibn Sirin forgot to close the lid, then entered the rat. When he woke up in the morning, he saw the dead rat inside the jar. It couldn’t get out. It stuck. Muhammad ibn Sirin (رحمه الله) took the honey and threw it all away. He deliberately searched for the river
and threw it all. He doesn’t throw it away carelessly, he intentionally thrown it
into the river so that it flowed. People came to him, “O Muhammad ibn Sirin, you just need to get rid of that rat and sell the remaining honey!” “Why does all of it have to be thrown away?” What was his answer? “By Allah my brother, I don’t know which drops was exposed to bacteria, which drops was exposed to the filth, for me to sell it to someone and cheat him.” “So, I better lose it all rather than being humiliated by Allah on the Day of Judgment.” How great his iman is! He threw it all. He flowed it all. The story continues, subhanallah… The owner of honey came to collect the money. Sometime later, “O Ibn Sirin, pay your bill.” Ibn Sirin said, “I don’t have any money yet.” He said, “Okay. So how do we settle this?” Ibn Sirin said, “Give me more time. I will pay in a mean time.” “OK.” He gave him some time. The time went by and yet Ibn Sirin did not have any money
by Allah’s wisdom. The owner of honey finally complained to the judge. The judge called him. Muhammad Ibn Sirin was a great scholar. He was honored. In the court the judge said, “O Ibn Sirin, what’s your case?” He replied, “The law is in your hand. This is the story. And I don’t have anything yet.” The judge said, “Then you will be imprisoned.” Ibn Sirin said, “Do it.” Ibn Sirin was imprisoned until someone paid down his debt. Subhanallah. The prison guard knew who Ibn Sirin was,
he’s a great scholar. The guard said, “O Ibn Sirin, you can go home and sleep with your family at night, and come back here in the morning.” What if we were offered with such an offer? The prison guard said, “You can go home at night
and come back here in the morning.” Just like that repeatedly. Ibn Sirin said, “Wallahi,” while holding the prison cage. “Wallahi my brother, I won’t help you go to hellfire. I will stay here until my debt is paid.” He didn’t want to leave. He read the Qur’an… He prayed at night… Until finally people all over Baghdad came to pay his debt. They paid down his debt until they get him out of prison. They know how his relationship with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). And this a precious thing, my brothers and sisters. Very precious. It can only be attained by those who are pure in soul, clean in heart, who want to connect with their Lord. And Allah (عَزَّ وَ جَلَّى) if He gives, the Qur’an always says: (بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ). (QS. Az-Zumar: 10) – (إِنَّمَا يُوَفَّى الصَّابِرُونَ أَجْرَهُم بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ…) There are always (بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ). (بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ) (بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ) means without account. If we ask Allah for one thing, Allah doesn’t give you one, but ten, a hundred, a hundred thousand. It’s incredible.