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*He asked me to love the poor and to get closer to them.
*He asked me to look to those who are inferior and not to those who are superior.
*He asked me never to ask anyone for anything (i.e. to abstain from begging).
* He asked me to be kind to my relatives.
* He asked me to say the truth, no matter how sour it may be.
* He asked me never to be afraid of a critic's censure.
*And he asked me to frequently say, "There is no power nor might except Allah's."
He lived according to this advice until he became a living conscience moving among his people.
Imam Aliy once said, "There is no one nowadays who is nonchalant about people's criticism - as far
as Allah and His rules are concerned - except Abu Dhar."
He lived opposing the abuse of power and the monopoly of property. He lived resisting all that was
wrong and building all that was right. He lived devoted to the responsibility of good advice and warning.
When he was hindered from spelling out his fatwaa (formal legal opinion in Islamic law), he raised
his voice and said to those hindering him, "By the name of the One in Whose hands my soul is, if you put
the sword to my neck and I still thought that I could carry out a word I've heard from the Prophet
(PBUH) before you cut, I would carry it out."
Had the Muslims listened on that day to his advice, a lot of civil strife and turmoil would have been
prevented - turmoil that reached its peak and dangers that became grave, serious, and imminent. The
state, society and Muslim nation had to face all that rebellion and aggrevated, alarming danger.
But then Abu Dhar was suffering the agony of death in Ar Rabadhah, the place he chose to stay in
after his disagreement with Uthmaan say Allah be pleased with him). Let us go to him to give him
farewell and let us see how the last scene of his admirable life is.
This slim dark-skinned woman sitting crying beside him is his wife. He is asking her, "Why do you
cry and death is true?" She answers crying, "You are dying and I don't have a gown which suffices to be
a winding sheet!!" He smiles like a passing evening glow and says to her "Calm down. Don't cry. I heard
the Prophet (PBUH) once saying while I was sitting among a number of Companions "one of you will
die in a desert land, and a group of the faithful will witness him." All those who were sitting with me at
that assembly have died, whether in a village or among a congregation. No one is left except me, and
now I am dying in a desert land. Watch out, a group of the faithful will soon show up. By Allah, I didn't
lie in my life." He passed away. Blessed was he.
There is a caravan which sets off on a journey across the desert.
It consists of a group of the faithful with `Abd Allah Ibn Mas'uud, the Prophet's Companion, at their
head. lbn Mas'uud visualized the scene before he reached it: a scene of an out-stretched body like that of
a dead person and beside him a crying woman and boy.
He redirects his camel's bridle and the whole caravan follows him towards the scene. He has hardly
taken a look at the dead body, when he realizes that it is his companion brother in Islam, Abu Dhar.