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Rasool Allah's (saw) love to the Poor [Ya Rasool Allah Ya Habib Allah]

Rasool Allah's (saw) love to the PoorOne of Rasool Allah's (saw) splendid characteristics was his love to the poor. In the deep of himself he had great love and sincerity toward them. He was a father, shelter, and refuge to them. They got from him indescribable kindness and charity. He often recommended Muslims to be kind and charitable to the poor. He made to them an imposed share in the wealth of the rich. Rasool Allah (saw) legislated zakat (Islamic religious tax) for that purpose and made it obligatory. From his love to the poor was that he often prayed Allah (SWT) to resurrect him with the poor. Abu Sa'eed narrated, "I heard Rasool Allah (saw) saying, 'O Allah make me live a poor, die a poor, and resurrect me with the community of the poor. The most wretched one of the wretched is he for whom the poverty of this life and the torment of the afterlife are gathered.'"

Anas narrated that Rasool Allah (saw) said, "O Allah (SWT), make me live a poor and resurrect me with the community of the poor on the Day of Resurrection." Aishah, the wife of Rasool Allah (saw), asked him, "Why, O messenger of Allah?" He said to her, "They (the poor) enter the Paradise forty autumns before the rich. O Aishah, do not reject a poor even by (giving him) a half of a date. O Aishah, love the poor and approach to them, because Allah (SWT) will approach you on the Day of Resurrection."

Asceticism of Rasool Allah (saw) [Ya Rasool Allah Ya Habib Allah]

Another prominent characteristic Rasool Allah (saw) had was his asceticism towards the worldly life. He turned his back to this life's pleasures and lived away from its desires. He lived the life of the poor and the needy. The following are some examples on his asceticism:

Asceticism of Rasool Allah (saw)Aishah, the wife of Rasool Allah (saw), narrated, "Rasool Allah's (saw) stomach was not filled with food at all. He did not complain to anyone. Poverty was more beloved to him than wealth. Even if he remained hungry suffering from hunger all his night, that did not prevent him from fasting his next day; though, if he wished, he would ask his Lord to endow him with all treasures of the earth, its fruits, and the easiness of its living. I was pitiful to him for what I saw in him. I patted with my hand on his abdomen for the hunger I saw in him, and I said: may my soul be sacrificed for you! Would that you enjoy from this life what might sustain you! He said, 'O Aishah, what do I have to do with this life? My brothers the Arch-Prophets tolerated what was bitterer than this and they passed away and came to their Lord Who honored their coming and rewarded them abundantly, and so I feel shy that if I live at ease, that tomorrow I may miss many things. There is nothing is more beloved to me than to join my brothers and friends."

One day, some man came to Rasool Allah (saw) and saw him sitting on a mat, which affected his body and a pillow which affected his cheek. The man said painfully, "Neither Khosrow nor Caesar are satisfied with this! They sleep on silk and brocade while you sleep on this mat!" Rasool Allah (saw) said to him, "I am better than them both. What do I have to do with this life? The example of this life is like a rider who passed by a tree that had a shadow. He sat under it. When the shadow turned away, he went and left the tree."

Aishah narrated, "Rasool Allah (saw) did never become satiated with bread for three successive days until he passed to his way (died)."

Ibn Abbas narrated, "Rasool Allah (saw) and his wives spent successive nights hungrily finding nothing for dinner."

Aishah narrated, "The bed that Rasool Allah (saw) slept on was from leather filled with palm-tree fibers. He (Allah's blessing be on him) died while his armor was mortgaged to a Jew in return for the spending of his family. He often prayed, "O Allah, make the livelihood of Muhammad's family (as enough as) sustenance."

Some man from the Ansar offered to Rasool Allah (saw) ripe dates. Rasool Allah (saw) asked the maid that brought the dates to go in to see whether there was a plate in the house to put the dates in. She could not find any. Then, he swept a place with his dress and said to her, "Put them (the dates) on this ground!" Then he said, "By Him in Whose hand my soul is, if this world equaled to Allah (SWT) a mosquito's wing, He would not give anything from it to the unbelievers and the hypocrites."

Rich near the Poor: Wealth and Poverty [Ya Rasool Allah Ya Habib Allah]

Rich near the Poor: Wealth and PovertyIt was a usual meeting. Rasool Allah (saw) was in his place and his companions gathered around him to hear the words of wisdom and guidance.

A rich person dressed in clean and elegant clothes arrived in the presence of Rasool Allah (saw) and sat down before him. A short while later, a poor person wearing old and tattered clothes, appeared, saluted the assembly: "Salamun Alaikum" (Peace be on you)!

And finding a vacant place comfortably sat down.

Rasool Allah (saw) 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 was seated next to a very rich man. The rich man felt very disturbed and tried to collect the edges of his dress around himself, so that the poor man didn't touch them.

Having observed this, Rasool Allah (saw) remarked to the rich man: "Did you fear that the poor person next to you might make your clothes dirty?"

"No," replied the rich person.

"Then why did you behave so?" asked Rasool Allah (saw).

"I admit that was the most undesirable thing to do. It was an error and I confess my guilt. I have a companion (soul) that makes good deeds appear evil to me and vice-versa. O' Prophet of Allah! As a punishment for this reprehensible act of mine, I gift half of my wealth to the poor man."

Turning to the poor man, Rasool Allah (saw) inquired, "Do you accept the offer?"

"No, O' Prophet of Allah," said the poor man.

People present were taken by surprise, they thought that the poor man was a fool, but then he explained: "O' Prophet of Allah, I refuse to accept this offer because I fear that I might then become arrogant and ill-treat my Muslim brothers the way he did to me."

Poor Ones Question Rasool Allah (saw) [Ya Rasool Allah Ya Habib Allah]

Poor Ones Question Rasool Allah (saw)Some of the poor people of Madinah approached Rasool Allah (saw) and said to him: "The affluent ones perform acts of goodness like freeing slaves, giving charity, performing the Hajj etc., which are beyond our means (as a result, they shall be in possession of greater rewards than us)."

Rasool Allah (saw) said: "One, who recites Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest) a hundred times, shall be granted rewards which shall exceed the rewards of freeing one hundred slaves. One, who recites Subhan Allah (Glorious is Allah) a hundred times, shall come to possess rewards better than the rewards associated with the performance of Hajj. Reciting Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) a hundred times is better than giving one hundred fully laden horses as charity in the way of Allah (SWT). One, who recites La Ilaha Illallah (There is No God but Allah) a hundred times, shall be of the best of the people on the Day of Judgment."

When the affluent ones of Madinah came to know of this they too began to act upon these recommendations and so the poor ones again approached Rasool Allah (saw) and complained: "The affluent ones too have started to act upon your recommendations!"

Hearing their complaint, Rasool Allah (saw) remarked: "This is Allah's grace and favour; He grants it to whomsoever He pleases."

Sustenance in the measure of sufficiency [Ya Rasool Allah Ya Habib Allah]

Sustenance in the measure of sufficiencyOnce, passing through a desert, Rasool Allah (saw) and his companions happened to come across a person tending camels and requested him to provide them with some milk. The man excused himself saying: "The milk that is in the breasts of these camels is for the breakfast of the people of the tribe and that, which lies in the container, is for their evening meals."

When he heard this, Rasool Allah (saw) prayed for him, saying: "O' Lord! Increase this person in wealth and children" - and the group continued on its way. A little later they came across another person, who too was engaged in feeding the camels. When they requested him to provide them with some milk, he immediately milked the she-camels and poured all of the milk in the vessels of Rasool Allah (saw). In addition to the milk he even presented them with a sheep and said: At the moment this is all I can offer but if you desire I shall arrange for more.

Rasool Allah (saw) raised his holy hands and prayed: "O' Lord! Grant him sustenance in a measure that is sufficient for him."

Astonished, his (saw) companions said: "O' Prophet of Allah! For the person who rejected your request you sought something which all of us long for, whereas for the one who fulfilled your desire, you prayed for something, which none of us prefer (sustenance in a measure that is just sufficient and not excess)!"

Rasool Allah (saw) said: "A livelihood that is less but sufficient for (fulfilling the needs of) one's life is better than great riches that engross man in itself." He (saw) then supplicated: "O' Lord! Grant Muhammad and his Progeny a sustenance in the measure that is just sufficient (for them).

One of the companions (Sahabah) who seeks to be Independent

One of the companions (Sahabah) who seeks to be IndependentOne of the companions (Sahabah) of Rasool Allah (saw) once found himself in severe poverty. His wife advised him to go to Rasool Allah (saw) and request his help.

The companion approached Rasool Allah (saw), but as soon as Rasool Allah (saw) eyes fell upon the man, he said: "If a person seeks something from me, I shall certainly grant it to him, but if he were to exhibit himself as being self-sufficient and free from want, Allah (SWT) shall make him affluent."

Hearing this, the companion said to himself, Rasool Allah (saw) has intended me by this speech of his. Without uttering a word, he returned home and narrated the incident to his wife.

His wife said, Rasool Allah (saw) is also human; explain your dilemma to him and see what he has to say.

The companion returned to Rasool Allah (saw) for the second time but heard the same sentence from him and again came back home without saying a word.

When this was repeated for the third time, the companion borrowed a pickaxe from one of his friends and set off towards the mountains. Throughout the day he worked hard to gather firewood, which he sold for some flour and that night, he and his wife had bread for dinner.

The next day, companion worked harder and collected more firewood and this continued for several days till he was able to purchase a pickaxe for himself.

After some period, as a result of his hard work, he managed to purchase two camels and a slave, and slowly became one of the affluent ones.

One day, arriving before Rasool Allah (saw), he narrated to him the events of his life and the effect of his words, whereupon Rasool Allah (saw) responded:

I had said (before): "One who seeks to be independent (of others), Allah (SWT) shall make him independent."

Kisi Cheez Ki Kami Nahi Ya Rab Tere Khazane Mai
Kisi Ka Mohtaz Na Rah Is Zamane Mai
Fikar Mat Kar Bande Kalam Khuda Ke Haath Hai
Likhne Wala Likh Chuka Hai, Kismt Apne Saat Hai

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