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The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was moved if he saw signs of poverty on the faces or demeanor of some of his Companions

Auther : Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid
Under category : How He treated them?
237 2023/09/27 2024/05/30
Article translated to : العربية

Jareer ibn `Abdullaah (a Companion) said

: “We were with the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, around the beginning of the day, and some people came to him barefooted, and (almost) naked, wearing leopard skins on their shoulders (they passed their heads through a hole in the middle of the skin), or cloaks, and they had their swords hanging from their necks. Most of them, or actually, all of them were from the tribe of Mudhar When the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, saw the extent of their poverty, his face changed. He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, entered his home then exited, then ordered Bilaal to call to the prayer, then he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, prayed and delivered a sermon to the people, reciting the verse (which means): «O mankind, fear your Lord, who created you from one soul and created from it its mate and dispersed from both of them many men and women. And fear Allah, through whom you ask one another, and the wombs. Indeed Allah is ever, over you, an Observer.» [Quran: 4:1] Then he read the verse in Chapter Hashr (which means): «O you who have believed, fear Allah. And let every soul look to what it has put forth for tomorrow, and fear Allah.» [Quran: 59:18] Let a man give charity from his Deenaar (golden coin); let a man give charity from his Dirham (silver coin); let a man give charity from his clothes; let a man give charity from a measure of his wheat; let a man give charity from a measure of his dates…’ until the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: ‘Even if half of a date.’ So a man among the Ansaar came with a bag of money that he could barely carry, in fact, he could not carry it. Thereafter, the people continuously kept bringing more things, until I saw two heaps of food and clothes, and I saw the face of Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, become luminous out of joy, as if it was gold. Then the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: ‘Whoever starts [revives] a good tradition in Islam will have its reward, and the reward of those who follow suit, without decreasing any of their respective rewards. In contrast, whoever starts an evil tradition in Islam [or leads to it] will have its sin, and the sins of all those who follow suit, without decreasing any of their respective sins.’”

An-Nawawi (a scholar) said: “The reason the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was happy because he saw the Muslims hastening towards obeying Allah The Almighty, spending their money for Allah’s Sake, obeying the order of the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, the fact that those needy people had their needs taken care of, the care that the Muslims have for one another, and their cooperation on righteousness and piety. It is befitting for an individual to become happy when they see something like this, as well as make their happiness apparent, and their happiness should be for those things that we mentioned.”



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