Imam Al-Bukhari’s mother was a pious and ascetic woman, and was blessed with a sincere du’a. It is narrated that Imam Al-Bukhari went blind in his youth and she saw an amazing dream: she saw Al-Khalil, Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him), and he said to her, ‘O you, Allah has returned your son’s eyesight because of your abundant tears and du’a’.
They woke up and Allah had returned his eyesight.
[Tarikh Baghdad, 2/10, Siyar, 12/393, Intro of ‘Al-Fatih’, 502]
Ibn al-Qayyim related from al-Jariri:
“I was told of a man from the Children of Israel who had a need that he wanted fulfilled by Allah.So, he engaged in constant worship and then asked Allah for his need. When he did not see that his need was fulfilled, he spent the night blaming himself, saying: “O self! What is wrong with you that is preventing your need from being fulfilled?”
And he spent the night sad and holding himself to account, saying: “By Allah, the problem is not with my Lord. Rather, the problem is with myself,” and he remained in such a state of holding himself responsible until his need was finally taken care of.”
[‘Ighathat al-Lahfan’; 1/77]
Taken from our imprisoned brother Tarek Mehannas benenficial blog:
may Allah hasten his release and reunite him with his beloved family ameen
Abu az-Zahiriyyah narrated: “I went to Tarsus, so I entered upon Abu Mu’awiyah al-Aswad after he had become blind. In his house, I saw a Mushaf (copy of the Qur`an) hanging from the wall, so I said to him: “May Allah have Mercy upon you! A Mushaf while you cannot even see?”
He replied: “My brother, will you keep a secret for me until the day I die?”
I said: “Yes.” Then, he said to me: “Verily, when I want to read from the Qur’an, my eyesight comes back to me.”
Abu Hamzah Nasir bin al-Faraj al-Aslami – and he was a servant of Abu Mu’awiyah al-Aswad – narrates something similar: “Abu Mu’awiyah had lost his eyesight.
So, if he wished to read from the Qur’an, he would grab around the room for the Mushaf until he would find it.
As soon as he would open it, Allah would return his eyesight to him. As soon as he closed it, his eyesight would leave him.”
[‘Sifat as-Safwah’; 2/413-414]
“The people of knowledge and insight do not consider themselves safe from four things:
1 . A past sin which he committed and he does not know whether Allah will forgive him for it or punish him for it
2. What is left of his life, whether there is something therein waiting to destroy him;
3. A favor that Allah bestowed upon him, perhaps it is a plot which will lead him step by step to his eventual destruction and ruin;
4. Deviance which is beautified for him so that he sees it to be guidance and in a split second, his heart can deviate and he will be stripped of his deen and he does not even realize it.”
Siyar a’laam an-Nubalaa’