بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله وحده

و الصلاة و السلام على من لا نبي بعده

During the final session of Ilm Fest, and as a change of pace, the shuyookh were asked to share how their path for ilm was inspired or started, and also to share a story from their life, be it emotional, funny, embarrassing, or a combination.

Shaykh Waleed Basyouni spoke of a hilarious and embarrassing story in his life, Yasir Qadhi about how he was inspired to seek knowledge, and shaykh Muhammad Ibn Faqih about a moment in his life with his father. Prior to Shaykh Ibn Faqih, Abdulbary Yahya gave his story, and Ibn Faqih mentioned that this one, Abdulbary, was the strongest amongst them.

Shaykh Abdulbary went right into his story, wasting no time.

About two years after 9/11, his father was shot outside the masjid, his father being the last person after Isha prayer.

His father called him, “Abdulbary”!

Shakyh Abdulbary ran out the back door to his father, and blood was coming out of the abdomen of his father. His father then looked at him, and said “Ashadu an laa illaha ill’Allah, wa ashadu anna Muhammad Rasool’Allah.”

Shaykh Abdul bary told him: Father, don’t say anything else, and repent to Allah.

The police came and asked questions. It was right in front of the masjid door.

Later on, his father died in the hospital.

A brother came to Abdulbary the next day and said, “You made great dawah.” Shaykh Abdulbary wondered how that was so, because he didn’t say anything about Islam at all to to the police officer who he spoke to.

The brother told him how the police officer had said that he had seen hundreds of cases, and could not believe that the person he spoke to – Abdulbary – was the father’s son, because he was so calm.

The reason he was calm, Shaykh Abdulbary explained, was because he was hearing his father say the shahada, and he immediately thought that this is what he wanted for himself and for his father.

When Shaykh Abdulbary commenced the story, the shuyookh and audience made dua for his father.

We bear witness that Abu Abdulbary bore witness.

The Prophet Muhammad sal’Allahu alayhi wa salam is reported to have said, “He whose last words are “La illaha illal lah’, shall enter Paradise.” [Abu Daw’ud]

May Allah forgive Abu Abdulbary his sins, protect him from the punishment from the grave, grant him His shade on the Last Day, not call him to account, and enter him into Firdaws and protect him from the Fire, and join him with his family, ameen. And may Allah forgive and reward shaykh Abdulbary for his difficulty and replace with something better, and wherever in the world Allah may put Shaykh Abdulbary, make it of benefit him and make him beneficial to the people, ameen.

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