We would normally cook every day in Syria because that's the way our teachers wanted us to live but one day in the early 2000s, I went to a small restaurant to pick up some food. My friend and I ordered some pizza, but the shopkeeper - he was an ajeeb man.
He asked me, 'What are you doing in Damascus?' I replied, 'I've come to study the religion.' 'Where is your family?' he asked.
I told him, 'I've come alone.' Then he asked, 'Are you a Hafiz of the Qur'an?' I told him I was - so he recited a verse of the Qur'an from the last quarter of the second Juz and said, 'carry on...' - I continued reading until he was content.
His face lit up and he became filled with joy.

When the time for me to pay him the money came - this normal looking man who didn't look 'religious on the outer' said, 'I'm not taking a penny off you. You're a student of Allah's religion. You will not give me a lira.
You have to pay by reciting a hundred salawat upon Rasūlallāh ﷺ and then make du'a for me.' This was the akhlaq and character of the people of Shaam. He later became the closest of people to us - his name was Abu Yasin.

In 2019, Abu Yasin passed away but do you know how?
He was reciting Surah Yasin and his soul left his body. When people entered upon him, they saw that his face was resting upon a page of the Quran and his soul had left.
Allah has servants in the world who no one gives much attention to and no one knows their true ranks due to their financial situations and physical appearances, but their hearts are loved by the Lord.
May Allah raise him, bless him, have mercy upon him, grant him the highest abodes of Jannah, and honour us all with a beautiful end.

- Shaykh Mohammed Aslam

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