allow them to go to their families!"
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Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh - Muhammad
ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah),
it has been narrated by Ihsaan ibn Muhammed al-'Utaybee:
youth travelled (by car) from Jordan for 'Umrah and in Khaybar
they had an accident whereby they hit a lamp-post. The police
were quick to arrive at the scene of the accident and demanded
the driver pay for the damage to the lamp-post which was estimated
to be at a cost of SR21,000! (approximately £3,500)
the driver nor the youth could afford to pay such an amount!
Therefore, the police confiscated the passport of the driver
until such time that they could arrange for payment on their
return from having performed 'Umrah.
The students were overcome by this affair and began thinking
of a way to get hold of such an amount. There was no way before
them except that they present their case to some of the scholars.
So, one of them travelled to meet Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen in
his room in al-Masjid al-Haraam in Makkah after the 'Asr prayer.
After the Shaykh was made aware of the situation, he said
to him: "Come (back) tomorrow and inshaa.-Allaah, all
will be well!"
However, the youth did not return to the Shaykh (the following
day) because he knew how large the amount (of money) was and
moreover, the Shaykh did not know them and he did not know
of the Shaykh to assist in such matters.
So the youth returned back to his friends (held up in Khaybar)
believing he had carried out their request to at least having
talked to the Shaykh.
The youth then decided to return back to Jordan but they had
to pass through the checkpoint in Khaybar to collect the driver's
passport - hoping that Allaah had softened their hearts and
they may overlook payment for the damage caused.
When the youth entered the office, the inspector demanded
payment in full (for the damage) or no travel! However, if
they really wished to travel, they could do so but without
The youth and their driver became worried - what were they
to do? They all turned to the youth who had met Shaykh Ibn
'Uthaymeen and said to him: "Did you not go to see the
Shaykh? What did he say to you?"
He replied: "Come (back) tomorrow."
So they said: "Did you go (back) to him?"
He said: "No."
They said: "Call him (now) and maybe Allaah will open
a way for us at his hands - we are held up here, far from
our families and we are in the final days of Ramadhaan."
The youth called the Shaykh in his room and he (the Shaykh)
responded. The youth explained their situation.
The Shaykh said: "Are you the Jordanian youth?"
He said: "Yes, O Shaykh!"
The Shaykh said: "Did I not tell you to come (back) tomorrow
- why did you not come?"
He said: "I became shy."
The Shaykh said: "Then why did you come to me? …in
any case, the amount was ready the same day!"
The youth could not believe the news, they were all elated.
The youth said: "So how do we proceed, O Shaykh?"
The Shaykh said: "I shall transfer the funds to the centre
and will ask them to make your affairs easy and permit you
to return to your families before 'Eed (al-Fitr)."
So the Shaykh spoke to the inspector, saying: "I have
the funds so give me the account number and I will transfer
the amount to you. Let the youth and their driver go to their
The inspector responded disrespectfully, saying: "I am
sorry, O Shaykh, but it is imperative we have the funds here
in cash, otherwise they will not be allowed to travel and
return (to their families)."
The Shaykh became angered by the inspector and said to him:
"I say to you, the funds are with me, just allow them
to go to their families!"
But, again, the inspector, refused.
The Shaykh then put the phone down.
Moments later the entire office was turned upside down!
The governor of Madeenah - Prince 'Abdul-Majeed - was on the
phone asking for the inspector who had refused the request
of the Shaykh and began to threaten him with discplinary action!
The inspector’s colleagues tried hard to cover for him.
The youth just stood there (staring at them), noticing how
their tone had changed from disrespect to that of respect!
The Prince ordered them to release the youth and their driver
immediately and have the lamp-post repaired at the expense
of the state.
could imagine the extent of the youth's happiness at such
news. They thanked the Shaykh for his efforts and his stance
towards them, their voices rising with supplications for the
Shaykh and their thanks to the Prince for his respect towards
the scholars and appreciation of their rank and position -
all this in a situation none of them will ever forget as long
as they live!"
Mushriqah min Hayaat al-Imaam Muhammed ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen
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