“He came to steal from us…”

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A thief entered Malik bin Dinar’s house but did not find anything! He went to leave so Malik called him, “Asalaamu ‘alikum.” He said, “Wa alaika asalaam.” Malik said, “You did not get anything from this world, are you interested in something of the Hereafter?” He said, “Yes.” Malik said, “Make ablution in this corner and pray two rak’ah.” He did so. Malik said, “Sir, sit until the morning.” He said, “So when Malik went to the mosque [for morning prayer], his friends said, “Who is this with you?”

He said, “He came to steal from us but we stole him”

[‘Tareekh Al-Islam’, Al-Thahabi, 2/144]

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