A Sahabi continues to pray despite witnessing his horse being stolen

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I was looking for the following Hadith which ‘Allamah Qastallani (rahimahullah) has mentioned in his Al-Mawahibul Ladunniyyah:

ومنها حديث الصحابي الذي سرق فرسه بليل وهو في الصلاة فرأى السارق حين اخذه فلم يقطع لذلك صلاته فقيل له في ذلك فقال ما كنت فيه ألذ من ذلك

(Al-Mawahibul Ladunniyyah, vol. 3 pg. 282)



Imam Ibn Abi Jamrah (rahimahullah) has mentioned this narration without a chain in his Hadith commentary titled Bahjatun Nufus.

(Bahjatun Nufus, vol. 1 pg. 26; Also see: Sharhuz Zurqani, vol. 9 pgs. 92-93)



A Sahabi’s horse was once stolen at night whilst he was in Salah. He saw the thief as he [i.e. the thief] was taking it but did not break his Salah because of that. [Later on] He was then asked about that [incident], to which he replied: That [i.e. the Salah] which I was in was far more pleasurable than that [attending to the thief]. [in other words, the enjoyment of Salah was far more important and enjoyable then worrying about the horse].


And Allah Ta’ala knows best.


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