Everyone is Different!

al-Mufakkir

I heard the following incident for the first time in one of the lectures by Shaykhshid az-Zahrānī حفظه الله in his series, “How do you become a student of knowledge?” Its in Arabic and one can listen/watch it here. Nevertheless, this story had a great impact on how I viewed certain issues in my life. Here it is:

‘Abdullāh bin ‘Abdul-‘Azīz al-‘Umarī رحمه الله once wrote a letter to al-Imām Mālik رحمه الله encouraging him to worship in solitude and to abandon the gatherings of people in knowledge. So al-Imām Mālik رحمه الله wrote to him in reply, “Indeed Allāh سبحانه و تعالى has apportioned actions amongst His servants the same way He has distributed provisions. So it may be that Ṣalāh (voluntary indulgence) has been made easy upon an individual whereas Ṣiyām is not. And it is possible that Allāh سبحانه و تعالى has made it easy for…

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