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Haroon once asked Bahlool whether he knew where his place was after death in accordance with this Qur’anic verse:

"Most surely the righteous are in bliss, and most surely the wicked are in burning fire," (82:13-14) and what is to happen to my tie of relationship to the Prophet? Haroon also asked. In reply Bahlool recited the following verse of the Qur’an:

"So when the trumpet is blown, there shall be no ties of relationship between them on that day, nor shall they ask of each other." (23:101)

"Without good deeds, your tie of relationship with the Prophet will be of no benefit to you. Whosoever oppresses the decendants of the Prophet shall be denied his intercession on the day of Judgement." Haroon on hearing this asked:

"In what way have the decendants of the Prophet suffered because of me?" Bahlool in reply to this said:

"Imam Musa ibn Jaffer who is the decendant of the Prophet is without any fault or reason in your prison. Could there be worse sin than this?" Haroon thought deeply for a while and wept then asked: "If I were to repent and make Tauba, would I not achieve salvation?" To this Bahlool responded by saying:

"You are so much overtaken by the love of power and so negligent of the life hereafter that you would not refrain from your misdeeds and sins even if the Prophet were to descend from heaven and reproach you giving good advice."

The foregoing polemic denotes the deep concern Bahlool cherished in his heart for the oppressive treatment of the descendants of the Prophet by the Abbasid rulers of his time. That Bahlool dared to raise his voice of protest before Haroon shows the degree of his great courage and uprightness.

Taken from the book “The Moral Stories (Part 2)”‌‌‌‌‌‌

Author: Ahmed .H. Sheriff

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