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|05/11/02 at 17:14:43|
| In the name of Allah The Merciful the Compassionate|
A man from Banu Sulaim once presented himself
to a knowlegable sheikh (and Sahabah) with the request:
"I wish to stay with you to benefit from your knowledge of Allah's
commandments and the Prophet's (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) ways
and habits; I shall also help your servant in looking after the camels."
Hadhrat Abuzar (Radhiyallaho anho) replied:
"I cannot keep with me a person who does not comply with my wishes;
but if you can always do as bidden, you may remain with me, else I
wish good-bye to you."
The person asked: "In what way do you like me to carry out your
Hadhrat Abuzar (Radhiyallaho anho) replied: "When I ask you to spend
from my belongings, you are required to spend the best of them."
The person says, "I accepted Hadhrat Abuzar's (Radhiyallaho anho)
condition and stayed on with him. One day, somebody informed him that
there were some poor folk camping near the spring close-by and were
in dire need of food. He asked me to fetch a camel. Accordingly, I went
and intended to select the best of the lot, as I had pledged to do. It was a
very fine and submissive animal and good for riding, so I decided to let
it be, and selected the second best, as after all it was only to be
slaughtered and eaten and, for this purpose, just as good as the other.
The other one was very good for riding and much more useful to
Hadhrat Abuzar (Radhiyallaho anho) and his family, while the poor
would find the one as tasty as the other. I, therefore, led the other camel
to Hadhrat Abuzar (Radhiyallaho anho).
He retorted: "So, after all you have broken your pledge."
Knowing well what he meant, I turned back and fetched the best camel
instead. He addressed the people about him, "I want two persons to do a
job for Allah."
Two persons volunteered themselves, he bade them to go and slaughter
the camel, and distribute the meat equally among the families camping
near the water, including his own, saying, "My family will also share
equally with the rest."
The volunteers carried out his instructions. He then sent for me and
"Did you intentionally ignore my instructions about spending the best out
of my belongings, or you just happened to forget about it?"
I: "I did not forget you instructions, but thought it better to preserve the
one for transport duties, while the other was as good for eating."
Abuzar: "Was it for my personal need that you left it?"
Hadhrat Abuzar (Radhiyallaho anho): "Come, let me tell you the
occasion of my needs. That is the day when I shall be laid all alone in
the solitude of the grave. Remember, there are three partners in your
wealth, viz. (1) Your destiny, which does not wait to take away its
share. Good or bad it would take away all that it has to take. (2) Your
heirs, who are waiting for the day of your death, so that they may take
over their share, and (3) Yourself. If you can manage, don't be the most
helpless of the three partners. Take your full share, while you can. Allah
'Ye will not attain unto piety until you spend of that which you love.'
I, therefore, think it advisable to send in advance the things which I love
best, so that they may be in safe deposit for me there. That man is the
worst loser of the three partners who does not spend his wealth in the
path of Allah, and keeps postponing the event till at last destiny takes it
away from him, or he dies and his heirs appropriate it. It is very seldom
that the heirs give away in the path of Allah the wealth inherited from
another person, so that his soul may benefit by it. The Prophet
(Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) once remarked:
"Man cherishes his worldly belongings, hugging them to his soul, and
gloating, 'my wealth, my wealth,' but in reality only that much of it is his
wealth, which he either enjoys in the form of food or dress or spends in
the path of Allah to be stored up for him in the Hereafter. What is left of
his wealth belongs to others; he is only acting as a custodian."
In another Hadith, it is reported that once the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe
wasallam) inquired of the Sahabah. "Which of you would rather like to
see his wealth in the hands of his heirs than keep it with himself?" They
replied: "Who would like to be such a person, oh prophet of Allah?
(Sallallaho alaihe wasallam)" Thereupon the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe
wasallam) explained: "Whatever you send in advance by spending it in
the path of Allah is yours, and whatever is left behind belongs to your
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