The Story of Ali Ibn Mabad – Hazrat Ali Ibn Mabad Ka Karaye Ke Makan Se Tahreer Ko Khushk Karna
Ali Ibn Ma’bad is a Hadith scholar. He says: “I was living in a rented house. Once I wrote something which I wanted to dry quickly. The house walls were of mud and I intended to scrape a little mud from there to dry up the ink. But I thought: ‘This house is not mine, and I cannot scrape the walls without the owner’s permission.’ After a moment I thought ‘After all, what difference does it make? It is only a very little mud that I am using. ‘So, I scraped a little mud from a wall and used it. That night, while asleep, I saw a person in my dream, warning me: ‘Perchance tomorrow, on the day of qiyamah, you may rue that saying of yours.’ “It is only a very little mud that I am using.”
The dictates of piety vary with different persons. The high rank of the Hadith scholar demanded that he should have been scrupulous even about a small quantity of mud, though for a common man it was insignificant and therefore, within permissible limits.