No religion has been oppressed like Islam has: it has been repressed by its own people through their ignorance, and it has been repressed by its enemies by their injustice … amongst its followers it is distant and in its homeland it is foreign.
It is reported that the great ‘alim – Muqaddis Ardebeli (A.R.) never stretched his legs, even when he slept. Never did he explain this peculiar habit.
In the last moment of life, he had no choice, but to stretch his legs for one who is about to depart from this world is to have his legs outstretched, facing Qibla.
The family and friends heard Ardebeli utter this to Allah:
“Forgive me, for my stretched legs are but a necessity at this time. I never stretched them before for fear of disrespecting You, for I know that You are present, always. Forgive me, for now I must.”