A mureed relates his story thus...

In Ramadaan of 2008 or 2009 a fire broke out in the yard of my business and started spreading fast. Containers in the yard were burnt and soon the fire started sweeping towards the building. Alhamdulillah, through Allah's mercy and the timely intervention of the local fire brigade the fire was extinguished before more damage could be caused.

During the same Ramadhaan I went to the Khanqah musjid for itikaaf and during my consult with Sheikh Maulana Ebrahim Mia (Rahmatullah Alayhi) I mentioned the incident.

Sheikh's (Rahmatullah Alayhi) only comment was that my zakaat was not discharged properly. Now that year I had made it a point to properly calculate my zakaat and even got an Aa'lim to check my working paper. Foolishly, I told Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayhi) that I had indeed properly worked out my zakaat. Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayhi) responded that fires are caused when zakaat is not discharged properly.

Allah only knows my condition for the next few days. To me it seemed that the result of my offering an explanation or excuse to Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayhi) was now the cause of severe spiritual trauma for the next few days. Although I was in itikaaf in the musjid, I felt that my Imaan was hanging onto me by the weakest of threads. All my deeds felt empty and hollow. Never did I feel so down and out spiritually. After much taubah, a few days later, Alhamdulillah my condition returned to normal.

It was then I realised that Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayhi) was correct. I had recently inherited some gold jewellery from my late mother and had forgotten to take that into account when calculting my zakaat.

The incident showed to me the firasat (insight) of our Sheikh (Rahmatullah Alayhi) and the foolishnesh of offering lame excuses to the friends of Allah.

Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) had said :
“Beware of the Firasat (insight) of the Mu`min, for verily, he sees with the Noor of Allah.”

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