She only spoke verses From Quran

This is the true story of an elderly lady , who for 40 years spoke only from the verses of Quran. Sayyiduna Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak, one of the most eminent students of imam abu Hanafiah (RA) was travelling from Makkah to Madina, when he saw this old lady , talked with her, and the  whole conversation stunned him.

The Woman who  only spoke verses from Quran

The lady’s son informed Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak that his mother has been speaking in this manner, using only the ayat of the Quran in her speech, for the last 40 years.


Taqwa means protecting the heart from anything other than Allah or anything that distances one from Allah so that the heart becomes a mirror of beautiful manifestations. The following story is very telling in showing the piety of a woman who, when she spoke, spoke nothing but verses from the Qur’an out of fear of falling into sin:

An elderly Arab lady was sitting alone at the trunk of a tree and Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak also happened to pass that way. Seeing this lady in distress, he spoke to her. The discussion is recorded as follows:

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak:


Asalamu alaykum wa Rahmatullah.

Lady-Quran-002The lady: The word from a merciful Lord is peace [Ya Sin 36/58].

She meant that the reply of salaam is from Allah, Most High, Himself.

Lady-Quran-003.7-186She said further: To such as Allah Rejects from His Guidance, there can be no guide; He will Leave them in their trespasses, wandering in distraction. (Surah al-A’araf:186).

She meant that she had lost her way.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: Where are you coming from?

Lady-Quran-004.17-1The lady: Glorified be He who carried His servant by night from the Masjid al-Haraam (inviolable place of worship) to Masjid al-Aqsa (Far distant place of worship) [Israa 17/1].
Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: How long have you been in this place?

Lady-Quran-005.19-10The lady: – – – For three nights  – – –  -[Maryam 19/10].

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: What arrangements are made for your food?

Lady-Quran-006.26-79The lady: And “Who gives me food and drink (Surah ash-Shu’ara:79).

She meant that her food was provided to her by Allah.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: Is there any water for wudhu?

Lady-Quran-007.4-43The lady: And if ye find not water, then go to high clean soil and (make tayamum) rub your faces and hands (therewith). [Nisaa 4/43].

She meant that she made tayamum because there was no water.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: Here is some food, partake of it.

Lady-Quran-008.2-187The lady: Strictly observe the fast till nightfall [Baqarah 2/187].

She indicated that she was fasting.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: This is not the month of Ramadan.

Lady-Quran-009.26-79The lady: And he who does good of his own accord (for Him) lo! Allah is responsive, aware [Baqarah 2/158].

Meaning that she had observed an optional (nafl) fast.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: It is permitted to break the fast when on a journey.

Lady-Quran-010.2-184The lady: And that ye fast is better for you, if you did but know [Baqarah 2/184].

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: Speak in the manner that I speak.

Lady-Quran-011.50-18The lady: He (man) uttereth no word but there is with him an observer ready [Qaf 50/18].

Lady-Quran--4She meant that since every word of a person is observed and recorded, she took precaution by speaking only in the words of the Quran.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: Which clan do you belong to?

Lady-Quran-012.17-36The lady: Follow not that whereof thou hast no knowledge, lo! The hearing and the sight and heart of each of these it will be asked [Israa 17/36].

She meant that he should not inquire about that which he had no knowledge.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: Forgive me. I have certainly made a mistake.

Lady-Quran-013.12-92The lady: Have no fear this day. May Allah forgive you [Yusuf 12/92].

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: Would you like to travel on my camel and meet your caravan?

Lady-Quran-014.2-197The lady: And whatsoever good ye do, Allah knoweth it [Baqarah 2/197].

Meaning that if he if he did this good deed, Allah would recompense him for it.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: Well, then you may mount it.

Saying this he made the camel sit down on the ground.

Lady-Quran-015.24-30The lady: Tell the believing men to lower their gaze. [Nur 24/30].

Ibn Mubarak understood, turned, and looked away. While she was mounting, the camel jerked, and her clothes got tangled in the saddle and she proclaimed:

Lady-Quran-016.42-30Whatever of misfortune striketh you, it is what your hands have earned. [Shura 42/30].

In other words, she was calling Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak’s attention towards this mishap.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak understood and he tied the legs of the camel and he straightened the straps of the saddle. She praised him for his understanding by saying:


And we made Sulayman to understand [Anbiya 21/79].

When the journey was about to begin, the lady recited the ayat, which are read when undertaking a journey,

Lady-Quran- be He who hath subdued these unto us, and we were not capable (of subduing them). And lo, unto our Lord we are returning. [Zukhruf 43/13].

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak held the bridle of the camel. He began to hum the Huddi, a famous Arabic song for travelling, and he started walking quickly alongside the camel.

The lady:

Lady-Quran-019.31.19Be modest in thy bearing and subdue thy voice [Luqman 31/19].

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak understood, so he began walking slower, and he lowered his voice.

Lady-Quran-020.73.20The lady: Recite of the Quran that which is easy for you [Muzzamil 73/20].

She meant that instead of humming the Huddi, he should recite the Quran.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak began reciting the Quran.The lady became very pleased and said:

Lady-Quran-021.2.269But none remember (accept advice) except men of understanding [Baqarah 2/269].

After reciting the Quran for a while, Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak asked,:-

O Aunt, have you a husband (meaning is he alive)?

The lady:

Lady-Quran-022.5.101O you who believe, ask not of things, which if they were made known unto you, would trouble you [Ma’idah 5/101].

Meaning, he had most likely passed away.

At last, they caught up to the caravan.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak:

Do you have any son or relative in this caravan that has connection with you?

The lady:

Lady-Quran-023.18.46Wealth and children are an ornament of life of the world [Kahf 18/46].

She meant that her sons were with this caravan and they had provisions with them.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: What work are your sons doing for the caravan?

Lady-Quran-024.16.16The lady: And landmarks, and by the star they find a way [Nahl 16/16].

She meant that her sons were guides for the caravan.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak: Can you tell me their names?

The lady:

The  story is very telling in showing the piety of a woman who, when she spoke, spoke nothing but verses from the Qur’an out of fear of falling into sin:


Allah chose Ibrahim as a friend [Nisaa 4/125].


And Allah spoke directly unto Musa [Nisaa 4/164].


O Yahya! Hold fast the Scripture [Maryam 19/12].

By reciting these ayat, the lady had informed him that her sons were named Yahya, Ibrahim, and Musa.

Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak called out these names in the caravan and immediately three young people came walking quickly over to them.

The lady: (addressing her children)

Lady-Quran-028.18.19Now send one of you with this your silver coin unto the city. And let him see what food is purest there and bring you a supply thereof [Kahf 18/19].

In other words, she instructed them to feed bin Mubarak.

When the food was brought,  she told Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak:

Lady-Quran-029.69.24Eat and drink at ease for that which ye sent on before you in the past days. [Haqqah 69/24],

and with this ayah she recited another ayah to convey her gratefulness to him for his good conduct and courtesy. The ayah was:

Lady-Quran-030.55.60Is the reward of goodness anything other than goodness? [Rahman 55/60].

And their conversation ended on this ayah.

The lady’s son informed Imam Abdullah bin Mubarak that his mother has been speaking in this manner, using only the ayat of the Quran in her speech, for the last 40 years.

Imam then read from Chapter Jumu’ah:

“That is Allah’s favour which He gives to whoever He wills. Allah’s favour is indeed immense” (62:4)


The lady was Bibi Fizza (ra) who had come from Abyssinia to Arabia as a slave. She was freed by Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and afterwards served Bibi Fatimah (sa) as her maidservant. Bibi Fizza (ra) was only 11 years of age when she came to serve Bibi Fatimah (sa). She remained faithful to the household of Ahlul Bayt (as) and even accompanied them to Karbala and the prison of Sham.

This incident reflects the love and attachment with the Noble Qur’an.  It also manifests the comprehensiveness of the Noble Qur’an.

Lady Who Only Spoke From The Quran

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