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The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, shared whatever food he had with them

Auther : Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid
Under category : How He treated them?
176 2023/10/02 2024/05/30
Article translated to : العربية

Al-Miqdaad ibn `Amr (a Companion) said: “I came with a friend of mine, and we almost could not hear or see due to our intense hunger, so we began presenting ourselves to  people, but no one invited us for food. So we went to the Prophet  of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and said: ‘O Messenger of  Allah, we are extremely hungry, and we presented ourselves to the  people to be invited, but no one invited us, and now we have come  to you.

He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, took us to his house, and there  were three she-goats, and he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: ‘Milk these goats for us.’We milked the she-goats, and each of us would drink their share, and we would give the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, his share.

His habit was to come at night (to his guests), say greetings of Salaam in a way that would neither wake a sleeping person, nor allow anyone awake to hear, then he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, would go to the mosque, pray, and would then go to his drink (of milk) and would drink.

One night, Satan came to me after I drank my share, and said:  ‘Muhammad goes to the Ansaar, and they present him with things and he eats with them. He does not need this drink.’ Then I went to his share and drank it.

Right when it entered my stomach, and I knew that there was no way of getting rid of it and I was to digest it, Satan made me  feel guilty, and said: ‘Woe to you! What have you done? Have you drunk the share of Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, so that when he comes and does not find it, he would supplicate against you, then you would be destroyed and your worldly life and Hereafter go to waste?’

I was wearing a cloak that, if I were to put it on my feet, my head would be exposed, and if I were to put it on my head, my feet would be exposed. I could not sleep, but my two friends slept, as they had not done what I had done.

Then the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, came, said greetings of peace as usual, then went to the mosque, prayed,
went to his dish to drink, uncovered it, but found nothing in it. Then he raised his head to the heavens, and I said to myself, ‘Now he will supplicate against me, and I will be destroyed.’ Instead, he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: ‘O Allah, feed whomever fed me, and give drink to whomever gave me drink.’

So I took the cloak and tightened it to myself, took a blade, and went to whichever she-goat was the fattest, so that I may slaughter it for the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, but found that it was a milking goat, and that the rest, too, were milking goats.

So I took a bowl belonging to the family of Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, that they used to drink from and milk in, so I
milked the goat into the bowl until it was frothy with foam, then I went to the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: ‘Have you all drunk your share tonight?’

So I said: ‘Drink, O Messenger of Allah,’ so he drank, then gave it to me. I said again, ‘Drink, O Messenger of Allah,’ and he drank and then gave it to me.

When I knew that the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, had become satisfied, and that I had the supplication he invoked for me, I laughed until I fell on the floor. So he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said to me: ‘This must be one of your mischiefs O Miqdaad.’ So I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, such and such happened to me, and I did such and such.’

So the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said to me: ‘The fact that the she goat had milk at such an unusual time is a mercy from Allah; why did you not ask me, so that we could wake your two friends, and they could have from it as well?’

So I said: ‘By Him Who sent you with the truth, I do not mind if you give them or anyone else, as long as I, out of all people, was able
to share it with you.’”

The previously mentioned story of Salmaan Al-Faarisi is similar to this, when he went to the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, with some food as a gift, he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, ate from it, and asked the Companions to eat with him.



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