Saint Abu Yazeed Al-Bistami and Christian Priest

Saint Abu Al Yazeed Al Bistami (R.A) and the Pope. 

A Short biography of Al Bistami:

Saint Abu Yazeed Al Bistami (May Allah be Well pleased with him) is one of the greatest saints in the Sufi ways, he is the sixth grand Master and sanctified teacher  (Shaykh Al Murshid Al Kamil) in the Naqshbandi Golden Chain.

Al Bistami’s grandfather was a Zoroastrian from Persia. Al Bistami made a detailed study of the statutes of Islamic law (Shariah) and practiced a strict regimen of self-denial (zuhd). All his life he was adherent  in the practice of his religious obligations and in observing voluntary worship.

He urged his disicples (murids) to put their affairs in the Hands of Allah and he encouraged them to accept sincerely the pure doctrine of tawhid (the Oneness of God). This doctrine consisted of five essentials: to keep the obligations according to the Qur’an and Sunnah, to always speak the truth, to keep the heart free from hatred, to avoid forbidden food and to shun innovations (bid`a).

Once the Shaykh of Al Bistami said to him:  “O Abu AlYazeed, tonight is the holiday/ceremony of the Christians, so make Wudhu (ablution) and go to them in their monastery and you will see from Allah’s wisdom “Ajaba” (a wonder).”
So Abu Yazeed made wudhu and went and entered a monastery in the city of Basra (In Iraq) and when the Pope stood up to address them, he said, “I cannot speak/preach because a Muhammadi man (Muslim) has entered our monastery.”
So they asked him, “how do you know that a Muhammadi (Muslim) is sitting amongst us?” The pope answered, “The marks of them (i.e. of their Faith) are on their faces (foreheads) from the traces of their prostration.”
When the pope pointed to Abu Al Yazeed and said to him get out of here, Abu AlYazeed replied,
“By Allah (swearing), I will not get out until Allah judges between me and you. And he is the best of judges.”
So the pope said we will ask you some questions, If you answer all of them correctly we will believe in your prophet, BUT if you get one question wrong, you will leave this monastery carried on our shoulders (killed).
Abu AlYazeed replied, “Ask whatever you wish.”
The pope then asked:
What is the one that has no second?
What are the two that have no third?
What are the three that have no fourth?
What are the four that have no fifth?
What are the five that have no sixth?
What are the six that have no seventh?
What are the seven that have no eighth?
What are the eight that have no ninth?
What are the nine that have no tenth?
What are the ten that accept increase?
Who are the eleven brothers?
What is the Miracle that consist of twelve things?
Who is the family of thirteen?
What are the fourteen things that spoke to Allah?
What is the thing that breathed but it has no soul?
What is the grave that moved by its body in it?
What is the thing Allah created and said it is Mighty (great)?
What is the thing that Allah created and renounced?
What are the things that were created without a father and mother?
What is the meaning of wathariyati Tharwa, Walhamilati wiqra, Waliariyati yusra, Walmuqussimati amra?
What is the tree that is consists 12 branches, in each branch 30 leaves, and in each leaf 5 fruits, 3 of them in darkness, and 2 in light?
Then it was said, “Answer O Abu AlYazeed!”
Abu AlYazeed stood up and Allah has put the feelings of peace and tranquility in his heart.
And said as far:
The one that has no second, it is…. Say, “He is Allah, [who is] One,
The two that have no third are Day and Night. “We have made day and night as two (of our) signs. {Quran.17.VI}”
The three that have no forth are the excuses of Prophet Moses (PBUH) to al khider (RAA)
a.When they had embarked on the ship, (al-Khidher) tore it open
b.When they met a boy, (al-Khidher) killed him.
c.When they came to the people of a town, they asked its people for food
[Al-Khidher] said, “This is parting between me and you.” {the story in Surat Al-Kahf}
The four that have no fifth are….
d.The Torah
e.The Psalms
f.The Gospel
g.The Quran
The five that have no sixth are “Five obligatory prayers that Allah prescribed each day and night.”
The six that have no seventh are “And certainly We created that heavens and the earth and what is between them in six days and there touched Us not any fatigue” {Quarn.50.V38}
Then the pope asked why was it said at the end of the verses,
{And there touched us not any fatigue}
Abu AlYazeed replied:
“Because the jews said after Allah has created the heavens and the earth in six days, then He became tired and rested on Saturday, so Allah said…
“…and there touched us not any fatigue” meaning We (Allah) don’t tire or had fatigue to need to rest.
The seven that have no eighth “He Who created the seven heavens one above another.” {Quran.67.V3}
The eight that have no ninth: “And the angels are at its edges And there will bear the Throne of your Lord above them that Day eight of them” {Quran.69.V17}
The nine that have no tenth are, Moses nine Miracles, peace be upon him.
The pope said “MENTION THEM!”
So he said,
a.The hand becoming white bright
b.The staff
c.Parting of the sea in two
f. Locusts
g. Lice
i. Blood
The ten that accepts increasing “Whoever comes [on the Day of judgement] with a good deed will have ten times the like it”
“And Allah gives increase manifold to whom He will” {Quran}
Who are the eleven brothers?
“When Joseph (Yusuf) said to his father, “O my father indeed I have seen [in a dream] eleven stars.”
The brothers of Yusuf (Joseph)
The Miracle that consist of twelve things,
“And when Musa prayed for drink for his people, We said: Strike the rock with your staff so there gushed from it twelve springs” {Quran}
The family of thirteen,
And the sun and the moon; I saw them prostrating to me.”
So 11 brothers and a sun and moon, meaning a Father and mother, a family of thirteen.
The fourteen things that spoke to Allah are the seven heavens and the seven earths
And He completed them as seven heavens within two days
Then Allah said to the seven heavens and the seven earths,
“Come [into being], willingly or by compulsion.”
They said, “We have come willingly.” {Quran}
The grave that moved with its body in it, is prophet Yunus (Jonah) [in the belly of the whale]
“Then the fish (Whale) swallowed him, while he was worthy.” {Quran}
The thing that breathed but it has no soul, “And by the dawn when it breathes” {Quran}
The thing that Allah created and said it was Might (Major) is the plot of women.
“Verily, might is your plot (women)” {Quran}
The thing that Allah created and renounced it, is the sound of the donkey.
“Indeed, the most disagreeable of sounds is the voice of donkeys” {Quran}
The things that Allah has created without a father or mother are, Adam peace be upon him, Angels, prophet Ismail’s replacement sacrifice (the sheep) and prophet Saleh’s she camel.
Who are the ones who lied and they will enter paradise?
The brothers of prophet Yusuf (pbuh)
“And they came to their father at night, weeping.”
And they said their father, the wolf ate him,
And despite of this, Yusuf said to them,
“Allah will forgive you; and He is the most merciful of the merciful” {Quran}
Who are the people who were truthful but they will enter the hell fire?
He said to him read His verse,
“And the Jews say the Christians follow nothing (true), and the Christians say the Jews follow nothing (true)” {Quran}
Then he said to him what is the tree that consists 12 branches, in each branch 30 leaves, and in each leaf 5 fruits, 3 of them in darkness and 2 in light?
Bu AlYazeed replied “before I answer the question, let me answer the meaning of that verse
Wathariyati tharwa, it’s the wind
Walhamilati wiqra, “And those [clouds] carrying a load [of water]”
Waljariyati Yusra, “And those [ships] sailing with ease”
Walmuqasimati Amra “And those (angels) who distributing (provisions), (Ain and other blessings) by (Allah’s Command)”
As for the tree it’s the year, it has 12 branches, meanings 12 months in each branch 30 leaves, meaning 30 days, in each leaf 5 fruits, meaning 5 prayers
3 of them in darkness (Maghrib, Isha and Fajr), and 2 in light (Dhuhur and Asr)
[Allahu Akbar]
Then Abu AlYazeed said to the people, “I only have just one question for you, so do answer it.”0[3]_0
The pope said ask, “O Abu AlYazeed.”
Abu AlYazeed asked
The pope stood silently, quietly and not moving. so the Christians around him said to him,
“You asked him all these questions and he answers you and he asks you one question and you can not answer him!?
The Pope replied “By Allah (Swearing), I know the answer with firm knowledge, But I am afraid of you (Christians around).”
Then they replied “ANSWER and don’t be afraid, we will be with you.”
The pope then stood up and said:
“THE KEY TO PARADISE IS” – There is no god but Allah (La Ilaha Illa Allah) and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah (Muhammad Rasul Allah)

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