Sulaimaan bin Yasaar (rahimahullah) was an illustrious taabi‘ee, an outstanding jurist and a famous scholar of Madeenah Munawwarah. He had also been blessed with stunning beauty.

Once while on the journey to Hajj he camped at a place called Abwaa. A Bedouin woman caught sight of his beauty and went ‘mad over’ him. She came to his tent and opened her face. It shone like a piece of the moon. She then said to him (in our lingo): “Came way.”

He blankly refused but she came towards him. He immediately fled from the tent.

He says: “When I reached Makkah Mukarramah and completed my tawaaf and sa‘ee, I dozed off while I was sitting in the hateem. I saw an extremely handsome and well-dressed person in my dream. A lovely scent was emanating from him. I asked: ‘May Allah Ta‘ala have mercy on you. Who are you?’ He answered: ‘I am Yusuf the son of Ya’qoob (‘alaihimas salaam).’ I said to him: ‘The incident of you protecting yourself from the seduction of Zulaikhaa is really amazing.’ He replied: ‘The story of the woman in Abwaa is even more amazing. I had some natural inclination towards Zulaikhaa (due to the dictates of being human, although I did not do anything wrong) but you did not have the slightest inclination towards that woman.’” (Hilyatul Awliyaa vol. 2, pg. 218 and Siyarus Salaf lil Isfahaani – Aa’yaanul Hujjaaj pg. 134)

Lesson: How often aren’t we, as youngsters, faced with a similar situation where someone who is really ‘gorgeous’ tries to seduce us either verbally or through a ‘sweet tweet’ or whatsApp message?

At that time we need to be ‘real men’ and be extremely firm. We must follow in the footsteps of Yusuf (‘alaihis salaam). Allah Ta‘ala will really appreciate this ‘sacrifice’ of ours and reward us tremendously in this very life together with the great rewards and pleasures that will be in store for us in the Hereafter.