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23 May 2019 CE | 19 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

The Lost Money

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever prays at night reciting two hundred Ayaat will be written down as one of the sincere devotees.” [Daarimi]

A man hid the money, which he had been saving for years, somewhere in his house. But when he needed the money badly, he couldn’t remember where he had kept it. Thinking that Imam Abu Hanifah would be able to tell him how he could find it he rushed to the Imam.

The Imam told him that this was not a Fiqh problem that he could provide the answer for. But the man entreated him for help so the Imam advised him to go back home and pray until the morning.

Deciding to worship until the morning the man performed Wudhu and stood to pray. He had prayed for a little while when he suddenly remembered where he had put the money. So he stopped praying, took the money out from where he had kept it, and went to bed.

In the morning he went to see the Imam and said: “May Allah be pleased with you; you found the solution to this problem of mine too. Long before midnight, I remembered the place where I had put my money.”

“Of course,” commented Imam Abu Hanifah, “Satan could not bear the idea of your praying for a whole night. So he made you remember at once where you had put your money. However, you ought to have prayed throughout the night by way of giving thanks to Allah.”

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