Wild dogs defend the Shaykh from Communists – The story of Shaykh Muhammad Sultan Al Masoomi
Narrated by Shaykh Abdur-Rahman Muhiyyuddeen
The following is a summary translation:
It has been narrated by Abu Bakr رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ he said: I said to the Prophet صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ while I was in the cave: ‘If one of them looks beneath his feet he will surely see us’. He replied: ‘What do you think—O Abu Bakr—about two who have Allah as the third One with them?’
This is clear. When the entered the cave—correct—the cave ofThawr while the disbelievers of the Quraish were following their traces. When the Messenger صلوات الله وسلامه عليه left from his home—when Allah permitted him to migrate— they (theQuraish) were surrounding the house. They were surrounding his house desiring to kill him. There were close to one hundred youths, each youth carrying a sword. These were well armed soldiers; is this not the case?! Plotting to kill him صلوات الله وسلامه عليه; by Allah, until the world was quieted. The Messengerصلى الله عليه وسلّم exited and found them doing what? Sleeping or were they not sleeping? Allahu Akbar. He exited while he was reciting Soorah Yaseen.
فَأَغْشَيْنَاهُمْ فَهُمْ لَا يُبْصِرُونَ
And We have covered them up, so that they cannot see. (SoorahYaseen 36:9)
The Messenger صلوات الله عليه والسلام exited in front of them, in front of them. There is no deity worthy of worship except for Allah alone without partners.
This incident reminded me of an incident mentioned by ShaykhMasoomi. Have you heard of Shaykh Muhammad Sultan AlMusoomi or have you not heard of him? MashaAllah, he was from the major Salafis from the old-timers. He used to teach in Masjid Al Haram. May Allah the Blessed and Exalted have mercy upon him. This noble righteous man was in the lands ofBukhara and Samarkand (two cities in Uzbekistan) spreading the Salafi creed. When he performed Hajj—and he was wealthy, he had a lot of money—when he performed Hajj he heard about the Salafi Dawah during this time, during the era of Abdul Aziz may Allah have mercy upon him. He purchased the books of IbnTaymiyyah and Abdul Wahab. He spent all of his money, buying books of Fatwa and this and that, and he took this to Bukhara and began to spread the Dawah there in Khujand (a city inTajikistan). He has a very beautiful treatise called ‘is the Muslim obliged to follow a particular Madhab? It is entitled: The gift of Sultan to the Muslims of Japan. This is because during the 20thcentury when the Muslims of Japan entered into Islam they were puzzled, because there were travelers from Pakistan and travelers from Indonesia. The Pakistanis were Hanafi and the Indonesians were Shafi’i. Thus when they wanted to entered into Islam, they said do you want to be upon the Madhab of AbuHaneefah or the Madhab of Shafi’i? (They replied) By Allah we do not know! Islam is one, why the Madhab of Abu Haneefah orShafi’i? So they sent the question to the Shaykh; ‘Is the Muslim obliged to follow a particular Madhab? Or should he follow the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Messenger? An extremely beautiful treatise entitled: The gift of Sultan to the Muslims of Japan; is the Muslim obliged to follow a particular Madhab? You will find it in the ibn Rajab bookstore, inshaAllah.
This individual—Sultan Al Masoomi may Allah have mercy upon him—said; when he was spreading the correct religion inTurkestan the communist government became agitated with him.The government was upon Stalinism, are you familiar withStalinism? Have you heard of Stalinism? They are communistatheist and criminals. When they became agitated with him theyapprehended him and placed him in prison. What was the judgment upon him? Do you know? They sentenced him to hanging; they were going to kill him.
وَإِذْ يَمْكُرُ بِكَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ لِيُثْبِتُوكَ أَوْ يَقْتُلُوكَ
And (remember) when the disbelievers plotted against you (O Muhammad) to imprison you, or to kill you. (Soorah Al Anfal8:30)
His in-law mentioned to me that he was in the dungeon and in the morning they were going to kill him. What did they intend to do in the morning? They were going to kill him. He said: I was remembering Allah; I was reciting the Quran in the dungeon. Do you know what the dungeon is? It is a prison cell. The jailer is at the door looking in the window to see if he is in the cell or not; if he is in the cell the jailer moves on. He comes by to check twice, three times, ten times, while he (the Shaykh) is sitting remembering Allah. What is he waiting for? He is waiting for his fate. Allahu Akbar, he was not afraid.
He said one time the jailer did not come to check on him. He sat waiting for him. So he looked and found the jailer sleeping. He was overcome with sleep. The door opened so he exited. He exited and he was not noticed. There is no deity worthy of worship except for Allah alone without partners. Just as the Prophet صلوات الله وسلامه عليه exited. He left the town walking, fleeing; he left the town fearing what? Fearing they would search for him. He said: O my Lord save me from the oppressive people. Allahu Akbar. When he left the town, the jailer awaken and didn’t find him, the prisoner had escaped. So they chased him and they brought police dogs. Police dogs sniff out the trace, is this not the case? So they followed him.
He said: ‘When they followed me, I found a cemetery outside the city, and I found in it an open grave so I entered it.’ And around the grave were wild dogs. Do you know what wild dogs are? Stray dogs from the dogs of Allah, and these dogs were sleeping when he entered the grave yard, they did not notice him. When the police dogs came the wild dogs awaken and began to chase them, defending those who believe; AllahuAkbar. They defended him, Allah defended him, until they pushed them away and the dogs went to sleep at night and he left. The story of his exit and migration is a long one. And then he came here and Al Malik Abdul Aziz—may Allah have mercy upon him—honored him. He recognized his truthfulness and trustworthiness.
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee