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    Many years ago, during the time of the Taabi'een (the generation of
    Muslims after the Sahabah), Baghdad was a great city of Islam. In fact,
    it was the capital of the Islamic Empire and because of the great number
    of scholars who lived there, it was the center of Islamic knowledge. One
    day, the ruler of Rome at that time sent an envoy to Baghdad with three
    challenges for the Muslims. When the messenger reached the city, he
    informed the Khalifah that he had three questions which he challenged
    the Muslims to answer. The Khalifah gathered together all the scholars
    of the city and the Roman messenger climbed upon a high platform and

    I have come with three questions. If you answer them, then I will leave
    with you a great amount of wealth which I have brought from the king of
    Rome." As for the questions, they! were: 'What was there before Allah?'
    'In which direction does Allah face?' 'What is Allah engaged in at this

    The great assembly of people were silent. (Can you think of answers to
    these questions?) In the midst of these brilliant scholars and students
    of Islam, there was a man looking on with his young son. "O my dear
    father! I will answer him and silence him!" said the youth. So the boy
    sought the permission of the Khalifah to give the answers and he was
    given the permission to do so.

    The Roman addressed the young Muslim and repeated his first question,
    "What was there before Allah?" The boy asked, "Do you know how to
    count?" "Yes," said the man. "Then count down from ten!" So the Roman
    counted down, "ten, nine, eight, ..." until he reached "one" and he
    stopped counting. "But what comes before 'one'?" asked the boy. "There
    is nothing before one - that is it!" said the man. "Well then, if there
    obviously is nothing before the arithmetic 'one', then how do you expect
    that there should be anything before the 'One' who is Absolute truth,
    All-Eternal, Everlasting the First, the Last, the Manifest, the Hidden?"
    Now the man was surprised by this direct answer which he could not
    dispute. So he asked, "Then tell me, in which direction is Allah
    facing?" "Bring a candle and light it," said the boy, "and tell me in
    which direction the flame is facing." "But the flame is just light - it
    spreads in each of the four directions, North, South, East and West. It
    does not face any one direction only," said the man in wonderment. The
    boy cried, "Then if this physical light spreads in all four directions
    such that you cannot tell me which way it faces, then what do you expect
    of the Nur-us-Samawati- wal-'Ard: Allah - the Light of the Heavens and
    the Earth!? Light upon Light, Allah faces all directions at all times."

    The Roman was stupefied and astounded that here was a young child
    answering his challenges in such a way that he could not argue against
    the proofs. So, he desperately wanted to try his final question. But
    before doing so, the boy said, "Wait! You are the one who is asking the
    questions and I am the one who is giving the answers to these
    challenges. It is only fair that you should come down to where I am
    standing and that I should go up where you are right now, in order that
    the answers may be heard as clearly as the questions." This seemed
    reasonable to the Roman, so he came down from where he was standing and
    the boy ascended the platform. Then the man repeated his final
    challenge, "Tell me, what is Allah doing at this moment?" The boy
    proudly answered, "At this moment, when Allah found upon this high
    platform a liar and mocker of Islam, He caused him to descend and
    brought him low. And as for the one who believed in the Oneness of
    Allah, He raised him up and established the Truth. Every day He
    exercises (universal) power (Surah 55 ar-Rahman, Verse 29)." The Roman
    had nothing to say except to leave and return back to his country,

    Meanwhile, this young boy grew up to become one of the most famous
    scholars of Islam. Allah, the Exalted, blessed him with special wisdom
    and knowledge of the Deen (religion). His name was Abu Hanifah
    (rahmatullah alayhi - May Allah have mercy on him) and he is known today
    as Imam Abu Hanifah (Imam-e-Azam) , the Great Imam and scholar of Islam.

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    i read it ....

    it is brilliant

    the way he answered the q is superb

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    Subhanallah nice .......

    Our Lord! grant us good in this world

    and good in the hereafter,
    and save us from the chastisement of the fire

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    subhan Allah
    Haiderium Qalandram Mastam
    Banda e Murtaza Ali Hastam
    Peshwa e tamam Rindanam
    Ke Sag e Koo e Sher e Yazdanam

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