Poor man said…


It was a usual meeting. The Prophet (SAW) 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:

“Salamun Alaikum” and  finding  a vacant place, comfortably sat down.
The Prophet (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 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 (SAW) observed  this and addressing the rich man he
said:  “Perhaps you were afraid that his poverty would affect you?”
       “No , O Messenger of Allah,” the rich man said.

       “Then perhaps you were apprehensive about some of your wealth
        flying away to him?” the Prophet (SAW) continued.
       “No, O Messenger of Allah.” the rich man replied.

       “Or you feared that your clothes would become dirty if he
        touched them?”  Prophet (SAW) said.
       “No, O Messenger of Allah.” the rich man answered again.

       “Then why did you draw yourself and your clothes away from
        him?”  the Prophet (SAW) finally said.
The rich man  said: “I  admit  that  was the  most undesirable thing to
do. It was an  error and I confess my guilt. 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 becouse I fear that I might then become arrogant  and  illtreat my
Muslim brother the way he did to me.”

One Response to “Poor man said…”

  1. Messenger Says:

    Very Powerful


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