Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubaarak was also a judge. Once, a case regarding the king’s wife and a peasant came to his court. After hearing the different arguments, he passed judgment in favour of the farmer. When the king came home, she angrily complained to him saying, “Your Qadhi, who is paid by you, issued a verdict against me and in favour of the farmer.” Hence, he was summoned to the palace to be punished. All the people gathered to see the judge being executed. Coincidently, Abdullah bin Mubaarak, sneezed at that time and said, “Alhamdulillah.” On hearing this, all the people replied, “Yarhamukallah,” causing the entire city to echo.
When the king returned home, his wife asked him what the commotion was all about. She was told that the people replied to the sneeze of Abdullah bin Mubaarak. At this she retorted. “See, this is how a leader supposed to be. So many people are making du’aa of mercy for him. On the other hand, look at yourself! No one makes du’aa of mercy for you.”
Malfoothaat Of Faqeehul Ummah