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Life & Times of HAZRAT OAWIS QARNEES (R.A.)



THE LIFE AND TIMES OF "HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES [ABO AMER OWAIS BIN AMER BIN HARB BIN MORAD BIN KARN BIN AL-MORADEE] (May Allah Be Pleased With Him)" WITH THE DEEPEST RESPECT AND DEDICATION


O GOD, IF I WORSHIP THEE FOR FEAR OF HELL,
LET ME BURN IN HELL
AND IF I WORSHIP THEE OUT OF LONGING FOR HEAVEN,
THE FORBID ME HEAVEN
IF I WORSHIP THEE ONLY FOR THY SAKE,
THEN DO NOT DEPRIVE ME OF THY SIGHT


HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES [ABO AMER OWAIS BIN AMER BIN HARB BIN MORAD BIN KARN BIN AL-MORADEE] (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) was born in a small village called karan, situated in yemen he was tall, thin and weak his complexion was wheatish and his eyes were blue his body was very hairy and he had a dense beard.

HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) led a very simple and lonely life, spending most of his time in worship and the remaining tending and caring for his aged mother who was blind. he was very obedient and never went against the wishes of his mother his clothing consisted of a pyjama and a blanket make from camels hair food was never important, he would go on for days eating only dates and fasting.

People considered stones mad, they teased and pelted stones at him when children stoned him, he would tell them to throw small stones at him so that he would be able to worship ALLAH despite the injuries he led a solitary life and was never worried about worldly affairs.

HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) clearly loved and followed the sunnats of PROPHET MOHAMMED (Peace And Blessings Of ALLAH Be Upon Him) his desire to meet the PROPHET MOHAMMED (Peace And Blessings Of ALLAH Be Upon Him) personally was never fulfilled because his mother needed constant care. inspite of this fact HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) loved PROPHET MOHAMMED (Peace And Blessings Of ALLAH Be Upon Him) more than all the SAHABAS.

On a instance it is said in Hadis that on hearing that PROPHET MOHAMMED (Peace And Blessings Of ALLAH Be Upon Him) had lost a tooth. HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) broke all his teeth a gesture which none of the SAHABAS showed.

Few people were aware of HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) existance as he did not like fame once a man by the name of Rabi-Bint-A-Khatim waited patiently with the intention of meeting HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) three days passed by, HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) did not spare him a moment as he was totally engrossed in pray the man returned without meeting him.

Before the end of PROPHET MOHAMMED (Peace And Blessings Of ALLAH Be Upon Him) he sent his Salaam and request to HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) asking him to plead to ALLAH almighty for mercy and forgiveness of all mankind HAZRAT UMER FAROOQ (May Allah Be Pleased With Him), HAZRAT ALI (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) and HAZRAT BILAL (May Allah Be Pleased With Him)inquired a lot about HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) during haj. with the help of the description given to them by PROPHET MOHAMMED (Peace And Blessings Of ALLAH Be Upon Him) they found HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) in a jungle in yemen. they greeted him and presented the Kurta PROPHET MOHAMMED (Peace And Blessings Of ALLAH Be Upon Him) had sent for him.

Taking the kurta HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) went away deep into the jungle to ask ALLAH to spare mankind of his sins. his head bent in pray, HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) did not rise, HAZRAT UMER FAROOQ (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) disturbed his prayer otherwise it is said that HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) would have made ALLAH forgive mankind of each and every sin.

HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) invited HAZRAT UMER FAROOQ (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) the next day for fajr namaz he asked him to get along with him the king and his noblemen on reaching the mosque on friday fajar. the king, his noblemen, HAZRAT UMER FAROOQ (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) saw HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) wearing rich and fine clothes, sitting on a throne it is said that the clothes, finery and throne were brought down by angels from heaven. this was a small Miracle of the lost capabilities of HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him).

Towards the end of his life he lived in a cave and worshipped ALLAH day and night he joined the army and fought the “Jung-a-Safin” he died a martyr, fight Islam or is mujahedeen did not have to dig a grave for HAZRAT OAWIS AL-QARNEES (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) as it was already present. the burial clothes “Kafan” did not look like they belonged to the world.

 
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