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Ahlus Suffa: The Road Not Taken by Many

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference. (inshaa’Allah)

~Robert Frost~

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Ahlus Suffa:

حدثنا محمد بن الحسن ، ثنا بشر بن موسى ، ثنا أبو عبد الرحمن المقرئ ، ثنا حيوة ، أخبرني أبو هانئ أن أبا علي الجنبي حدثه أنه سمع فضالة بن عبيد يقول : كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا صلى بالناس يخر رجال من قامتهم في صلاتهم لما بهم من الخصاصة ، وهم أصحاب الصفة ، حتى يقول الأعراب : إن هؤلاء مجانين . رواه ابن وهب ، عن ابن هانئ

 Fadhala Ibn ‘Ubaid (رضي الله عنه) said,” Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) would be leading the congregational prayers when suddenly one or more of people from Ahlus Suffa would blackout and fall on his face out of hunger and exhaustion until the bedouins would say, “Verily they are mad.”

 Hilyatul Awliya

[via I love the Sahaba]

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Shaykh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah(R): “Sometimes, I would come across  a hundred different explanations for a single verse, and I would ask Allah  to allow me to understand  them. I would say: ‘O Teacher of Adam and Ibrahim, teach me!’ I would go to an abandoned mosque, rub my face in the dirt, and ask Allah, saying, ‘O Teacher of Ibrahim, teach me!’

[Manners of Seeker of Knowledge, pp. 29]

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My Lord! Bestow Hukm (religious knowledge, right judgement of the affairs and Prophethood) on me, and join me with the righteous, And grant me an honourable mention in later generations. And make me one of the inheritors of the Paradise of Delight.

[Surah Al-Shuara, 26:83-85]

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