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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Poor Man

Poor ManIt was a usual meeting. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) was in his place and his companions gathered around him to hear the words of wisdom and guidance.

Suddenly a poor man in rags appeared, saluted the assembly,

"Assalamu Alaikum" and finding a vacant place, comfortably sat down. The Prophet (peace be upon him) had taught them that all Muslims were brothers and in an assembly one should sit wherever one finds a place, regardless of any status.

Now, it so happened that this poor man sat next to a very rich man. The rich man felt disturbed and tried to collect the edges of his dress around himself, so that the poor man did not touch them.

The Prophet (
peace be upon him) observed this and addressing the rich man he said,

"Perhaps you were afraid that his poverty would affect you?"

"No, O Messenger of Allah,"
he said,

"Then perhaps you were apprehensive about some of your wealth flying away to him?"

"No, O Messenger of Allah."

"Or you feared that your clothes would become dirty if he touched them?"

"No, O Messenger of Allah."

"Then why did you draw yourself and your clothes away from him?"

The rich man said,

"I admit that was the most undesirable thing to do. It was an error and I confess. Now to make amends for it, I will give away half of my wealth to this Muslim brother so that I may be forgiven."

Just as he said this, the poor man rose and said,

"O Prophet of Allah, I do not accept his offer."

People present were all taken by surprise. They thought the poor man was a fool. But he explained,

"O Prophet of Allah, I refuse to accept his offer because I fear that I might then become arrogant and ill treat my Muslim brothers the way he did to me."

"Look, you are being called upon to expend in Allah's Way, yet some of you are being niggardly, whereas the one who is niggardly is, in fact, being niggardly only to himself. Allah is Self-Sufficient: it is you who are the needy. If you turn away, Allah will replace you by another people, and they will not be like you." (47: 38)

"Allah does not love the arrogant and the boastful, who are niggardly and bid others to be niggardly and conceal the bounty which Allah has bestowed upon them. We have kept in readiness a humiliating chastisement for such deniers (of Allah's bounty)" (4: 36-37)


  1. SubhanAllah!! may Allah bless you for sharing this!!

  2. Alhumduillah, thanks for sharing, where is this Hadith from?

  3. Asalamu alaikum warahmatulahi wabarakatuhu,

    @Usama Rehman - JazakAllah khair, for your kind words, Aameen.

    @Nuriddeen bint Yusuf - JazakAllah khair, good question.

  4. Subhanallah X_X May Allah keep us humble always. And as the poor man said, may Allah not grant us wealth which would make us arrogant and ignore the rights of those in need. May Allah continue to bless you with beneficial ilm and grant you the best in this dunya and in the akhira

  5. @Bint_Salih - Thank you so much for your prayer, Aameen.