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necklaceThere was a newspaper report of a bribery case in SaudiArabia. Dr Abdul Aziz Niaz, a top official at the ministry of health, was offered SR1 million as bribe. He turned it down and informed the police.

King Abdullah rewarded the doctor with SR1 million in cash plus the King Abdul Aziz Medal.


It reminds me of a story related by Ibn Rajab. It beautifully exemplifies the difference & the status of halal & haraam even though the covetous object, in the end, is the same. It also shows that when one leaves something for the sake of Allah, He (SubbhanaWataAala) compensates with something that is better.  

“There was a worshipper who ran out of resources while he was in Makkah. He became extremely hungry & was about to die from lack of food. One day, as he was wandering in the streets of Makkah, he found an expensive necklace. He put it into his sleeves and headed for the mosque. On his way he came across a man who was announcing that he had lost a necklace. The poor man later said, “I asked him to describe it to me, and he did so exactly, leaving no room for doubt. I gave him the necklace without taking reward from him. I said: “O Allah, I have given it up for you, so compensate me with what is better.”

He then went to the sea and embarked on a journey on a small boat. Only a brief period of time passed before a storm came with heavy winds crashing into the boat. The boat smashed into pieces and the man was forced to cling on to a piece of floating wood.  The violent winds propelled him in all directions. Finally, he was washed ashore onto an island.

He found there a mosque filled with people who were praying, so he joined them. He found papers with parts of Quran written on them and he began to recite from them. The people of the island asked him, “Do you know how to read the Quran?” He answered in the affirmative. They said, “Teach our children the Quran.” So he began to teach them and he took a salary for it.

One day, they saw him writing and they asked, “Will you teach our children to right?” Again he answered in the affirmative and began teaching them for a salary.

A short time later they said to him, “There is an orphaned girl with us whose father was a good man. Will you marry her? He agreed to the marriage and later related, “I married her and when I saw her for the first time, I found that she was wearing that exact same necklace! I asked her to tell me the story of the necklace. She said that her father lost it in Makkah and a man found it and returned it to him. She said that her father would always supplicate in prostration that his daughter be blessed with a husband similar to that honest man. I then informed her that I was that man.” 

                                  “وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَجاًوَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لاَ يَحْتَسِبُ

And whosoever has Taqwa of Allah, He will make a way for him to get out. And He will provide him from where he never could imagine”  [Quran 65:2-3]