Fudhail bin Iyyadh رحمة الله عليه was brought up in Abiward, a town and district between Sarakhs and Nasa, now belonging to the republic of Turkmenistan.
His initial life was one of looting and highway robbery until he sincerely repented and began treading the path of truth and salvation. He was considered to be from amongst a special group of Allah fearing and pious personalities known as Abdaal. At a later stage in his life he proceeded to Kufa ( present day Iraq), the prestigious seat of learning, where he sat at the feet of the Ulama and humbly undertook the acquistion of Islamic knowledge. Scores of people benefitted from his sayings and actions. His vast array of noble qualities and traits left a lasting impression on the hearts of those who met him.
Fudhail bin Iyyadh رحمة الله عليه was a reputable Aalim, a leading figure in Tasawuf and an unshakable Da’ee (one who invites to Allah). Later he migrated to Makkah where he resided the remainder of his life. He passed away in the year 187 Hijri and is buried in the famous cemetry in Makkah known as Al Ma’alla.
This is the very same cemetry where Sayyidatuna Khadija رضي الله عنها is buried.
The late Hadhrat Moulana Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه is buried in this blessed cemetry as well.
Fudhail bin Iyyadh رحمة الله عليه’s advice about Ramadhaan:
Fudhail bin Iyyadh رحمة الله عليه said, “We had found people who abstained from laughing while fasting, saying that Ramadhaan is a month when one competes with good actions, not a month of laughing, playing and negligence.”
He who does not protect all his limbs from sin while fasting is like one who has not fasted even though he remains hungry and the one who protectd his limbs from sin, he has attainved the true essence of fasting.
May Allah Ta’ala give us the ability to practice on these valuable pearls. Aameen.
اللهم بارك لنا في رجب و شعبان و بلغنا رمضان. آمين!