Hadhrat Ma’roof Karkhi Rahmatullahi Alaihi
The parents of Hadhrat Ma’roof Karkhi Rahmatullahi Alaihi were christians. When they had admitted him to the school, the teacher instructed him to say: “Trinity.” He responded: “No! He is Allah, the One”. The teacher repeated his instruction several times. However, the boy responded each time: “No, He is Allah, The One.” The teacher severely beat him, but it made no change to the response of Hadhrat Ma’roof who was about six years old at the time. He ran away from the school and was no where to be found.
The parents said: “We wish that he returns. We shall conform to the Deen he chooses for himself.”
He went to live with Hadhrat Ali Bin Musa Ar-Ridha (Rahmatullahi Alaih) and became his mureed. After many years he returned to his parents home and knocked at the door.
His father asked him,”Who is there”
He said: “Ma’roof“
Father: “What Deen have you adopted?“
Ma’roof: “The Deen of Muhammed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam).”
Both parents embraced Islam.
He stayed in the company of Hahdrat Dawood Tai (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) for some time and made vast progress in the spiritual realm. Hadhrat Muhammed Mansoor Bin Tusi (Rahmatullahi Alayh) narrated: “I was by Hadhrat Karkhi in Baghdad. I saw an inquiry on his face, and I asked him about it. He said: “Don’t ask about something which is beyond your capacity (of spiritual comprehension). Ask about issues which will benefit you.” I persisted to know had happened to him. Then he said: “Yesterday while performing Salaat (i.e. in Baghdad I desired to be in Makkah and perform Tawaaf. I thus went there (miraculously), made Tawaaf then proceeded to the Well of Zam Zam. I slipped and fell on my face. That is the cause of this injury.
Hadhrat Ma’roof Feeds A Dog
Once Hadhrat Ma’roof Karkhi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) was on the outskirts of the city eating some bread. A dog was sitting nearby. Hadhrat Ma’roof would eat a piece of bread and feed the dog. His uncle happened to pass by. On seeing his nephew, he reprimanded: “Have you no shame sitting here eating with a dog?” Hadhrat Ma’roof said, ” In fact, I am feeding the dog because of shame.” Then he beckoned to a wild bird flying overhead. The bird descended and sat on the hands of Hadhrat Ma’roof. The bird covered it’s eyes and it’s beak with its wings. Then commented: “Whoever has shame for Allah Ta’laa, everything has shame for him.”