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Benefit: The Dunyā Is Like a Prison

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

It is mentioned that when al-Hafiẓ Ibn Hajr was the chief justice (of Egypt), one day he was passing through the market with a caravan, looking well groomed. So a Jew who was selling hot oil, looking very disheveled and dirty because of the oil, accosted him by grabibng the reins of his mule saying, "Yā Shaykh al-Islām, you claim that your prophet said that the dunyā is a prison for the mu'min and a jannah for the kāfir; so what type of prison are you in and what type of jannah am I in?" He (Ibn Hajr) replied, "Regarding what Allāh has prepared for me in the hereafter from its bliss, then it is as if I am in prison, and with regards to what Allāh has prepared for you in the hereafter from its punishment, then it is as if you are in jannah." At which point the Jew became a Muslim. (Faydhul-Qadeer: 3/546)           

Translated by Hisham Assing

ذكروا أن الحافظ ابن حجر لما كان قاضي القضاة مر يوما بالسوق في موكب عظيم وهيئة جميلة فهجم عليه يهودي يبيع الزيت الحار وأثوابه ملطخة بالزيت وهو في غاية الرثاثة والشناعة فقبض على لجام بغلته وقال يا شيخ الإسلام تزعم أن نبيكم قال الدنيا سجن المؤمن وجنة الكافر فأي سجن أنت فيه وأي جنة أنا فيها فقال أنا بالنسبة لما أعد الله لي في الآخرة من النعيم كأني الآن في السجن وأنت بالنسبة لما أعد لك في الآخرة من العذاب الأليم كأنك في جنة فأسلم اليهودي
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