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Story of a Female Saint

Sheikh Muhammad Bin Husain Baghdaadi (rahmatullah alayh) narrates:
“One day while wandering in the market-places of Makkah Muazzamah, I saw an old man holding the hand of a slave girl whose colour was extremely pale. She was weak and skinny, but her face was radiant with noor. The old man was offering her for sale. He exclaimed: ‘Who will purchase this slave girl for 20 dinars with all her defects.’
Sheikh Muhammad went near and enquired about her defects. The old man said: ‘This slave girl is insane. She is always full of sorrow. She worships throughout the nights and fasts everyday. She neither eats nor drinks. She always remains in solitude.’
Sheikh Muhammad continues:
“When I heard this, my heart inclined to her. I paid the price and brought her to my home. The slave girl turned towards me and said: ‘O my little master, may Allah have mercy on you from which land do you hail?’ I said: ‘From Iraq.’
Slave girl: “The Iraq of Basrah or the Iraq of Kufa?”
Sheikh Muhammad: “Neither Basrah nor Kufa.”
Slave girl: “Perhaps you live in the City of Peace, Baghdad.”
Sheikh Muhammad: “Yes.”
Slave girl: “Wonderful! That is the City of Zaahids and Aabids.”
Full of surprise, Sheikh Muhammad said: “Girl! You who move from one room of the house to another, what do you know of Zaahids and Aabids?”
Turning towards her, Sheikh Muhammad jokingly asked: “Among the Auliyaa whom do you know?”
Slave girl: “Maalik bin Dinaar, Bishr Haafi, Saalih Muzni, Abu Haatim Sajastaani, Ma`roof Karkhi, Muhammad Bin Husain, Baghdaadi, Raabiyah Adwiyyah, Sa`wanah and Maimunah. I know these Buzrugs.”
Sheikh Muhammad: “How have you recognized these Auliyaa?”

Slave girl: “O young man! How can I not recognize them. By Allah! They are the doctors of the hearts. They show the lover the path of the Beloved.”
Sheikh Muhammad: “Girl! I am Muhammad Bin Husain.”
Slave girl (with delight): “I made dua to Allah Ta`ala, O Abu Abdullah, that He unites you with me. Recite to me the Qur`aan Shareef.”

When Sheikh Muhammad recited “Bismillahir Rahmaan nir Raheem,” She shrieked loudly and collapsed unconscious. Sheikh Muhammad sprinkled some water on her face. When she regained consciousness, she said: “O Abu Abdullah! This is merely His Name. What will happen to me when I recognize Him and see Him in Jannat? Recite more.”

After Sheikh Muhammad had recited a number of Aayat, she said:
“O Abu Abdullah! I think you have proposed for the Houris of Jannat. Have you spent anything for their mehr?”

Sheikh Muhammad: “Girl! Tell me what is their mehr? I am a pauper.” Slave girl: “ To remain awake during the nights; to fast perpetually and to love the poor.”

The slave girl then again fell down unconscious. Sheikh Muhammad sprinkled water on her face. She opened her eyes and began to make dua. While supplicating, she lapsed into a coma. When Sheikh Muhammad approached her, he was torn with grief to find her dead. He continues the story:
“I went to the market place to purchase kafan for her. When I returned, I was astonished to see that she was already draped with kafan. A heavenly green suit of two garments were on her body and a wonderful fragrance permeated her body. Two lines were miraculously inscribed on her kafan.
The one line read:

The second line was the Qur`aanic verse:

   “Verily the Auliyaa of Allah – there shall be no fear on them nor will they grief.”

Together with my friends, we lifted her Janazah, performed Janazah Salaat and buried her. I recited Surah Ya`seen at the head-side of her grave. I returned to my home crying and overwhelmed by sadness. I performed two rak`ats Salaat and fell asleep. In a dream I saw the slave girl in Jannat sitting on a wonderful throne, adorned in the best of heavenly garments. Her glitter and beauty dazzled more than the moon and the sun. I said: ‘O Girl! Wait a bit. Which deeds elevated you to your lofty rank?’
She said: ‘Love for the fuqaraa, abundance of Istighfaar and removing harmful things from the path of Muslims. These deeds have elevated me to this lofty rank.’

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