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Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه and His Captive

By Mawlana Junayd Makda Sahib

Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه and his captive

Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه was once ordered by our beloved Nabi ﷺ to look after some zakat which had been collected over Ramadan. While he was on duty, a person came to steal from the zakat. Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه was quick to get to him and caught hold of him saying, “I will take you to Rasulullah ﷺ!”

Hearing this, the man became scared and asked to be shown mercy. He offered Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه some words which would benefit Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه.

Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه agreed and the man said that before going to sleep if you read Ayatul Kursi Allah will protect you all night long, and furthermore, shaytan will not be able to come near you till morning.

Aby Hurairah wasn’t sure if he was being honest or lying, but as he had given his word he let him go.

He came into the company of our beloved Nabi ﷺ and narrated the entire story. Our beloved Nabi ﷺ listened to the entire incident and then said that this man was in fact shaytan who had come in human form! Our beloved Nabi ﷺ further explained that on Shaytaan is a liar and so should never be trusted but on this one occasion he has spoken the truth.

(Incident recorded on Sahih Al-Bukhari)


From this story, we learn the special benefit of Ayatul Kursi. Many of us feel scared at night, but with Ayatul Kursi, we have nothing to be scared of. Ayatul Kursi will always keep us safe Insha’ Allah.

A few other lessons we learn:

1) Once we give our word to someone and make a deal, we should stick to our word.

2) When someone tells us something, we should always check with our teachers and ulama to verify if it is correct or not.

3) Shaytan is very mischievous and shouldn’t be trusted.

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