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Test of Wealth

Post by Amatur Rahmaan on Tue Sep 15, 2009 3:39 pm

Abu Hurairah narrates that he heard the Prophet of Allāh Ta’ala saying, “Allāh decided to test three people from the Banū Isrāʼīl: a leper, a bald-headed man and a blind man. So, He sent an angel to them. The angel first came to the leper and asked, ‘What do you like most?’

The leper replied, ‘I would like to have a pleasant complexion and attractive skin and I would prefer that this quality, because of which people dislike me, be removed from me.’

The angel touched him and his illness was cured. He was given a pleasant complexion and attractive skin.

The angel then asked him, ‘What type of wealth do you like best?’

He replied, ‘Camels or cows.’

So he was given a pregnant she-camel and the angel said to him, ‘May Allāh grant you blessings herein!’

The angel then went to the bald-headed man and asked, ‘What do you like most?’

The bald-headed man answered, ‘I would like beautiful hair and I would prefer that this quality, because of which people dislike me, be removed from me.’

The angel touched him and his baldness was removed. He was granted beautiful hair.

The angel then asked him, ‘What type of wealth do you like best?’

He replied, ‘Cows.’

The angel gave him a pregnant cow and said, ‘May Allāh grant you blessings herein!’

The angel then went to the blind man and asked, ‘What do you like best?’

The blind man replied, ‘I would like that Allāh restore my eyesight so that I may see people.’

The angel touched him and Allāh restored his eyesight.

The angel then asked him, ‘What type of wealth do you like best?’

He replied, ‘Sheep.’ So, he was given a pregnant sheep.

After a time, all the three pregnant animals gave birth to young ones, and they in turn gave birth to others. Each of the three men had a valley full of camels, cows and sheep respectively.

Now the angel, disguised as a human but in the guise of a leper, went to the man who had been a leper and asked, ‘I am a poor man and have lost my means of livelihood during the course of my journey. None can assist me except Allāh and then you. I ask you in the name of that Being Who has given you such beautiful complexion, skin and wealth to give me a camel so that I may reach my destination.’

The man replied, ‘I have many obligations (I cannot help you).’

The angel said, ‘I think I know you. Were you not a leper whom people disliked? Were you not a poor man and Allāh granted you wealth?’

He replied, ‘I inherited this wealth from my fore-fathers.’

The angel said, ‘If you are telling a lie, may Allāh return you to your former condition!’

Then the angel, disguised as a human but in the guise of a bald man, went to the man who was bald and made the same request. He too answered in the same manner as the leper before him.

The angel said, ‘If you are telling a lie, may Allāh return you to your former condition!’

Then the angel, disguised as a blind man, went to the man who was blind and said, ‘I am a poor man and a traveller whose means of livelihood has been lost during my journey. Nobody can help me except Allāh and then you. I ask you in the name of that Being Who has given you back your eyesight to give me a sheep, so that I may complete my journey.’

The man replied, ‘Most certainly, I was blind and Allāh restored my eyesight. Take anything you wish from my wealth. By Allāh, I will not stop you from taking any of it, for the pleasure of Allāh.’
The angel replied, ‘Keep your wealth! You three were tested. Allāh is pleased with you and angry with your two companions.’ ” (Bukhārī and Muslim)

Lesson
√ Unfortunate are those who deny the bounties of Allāh Ta’ala and glad tidings to those who are grateful and appreciative.

√ Spending on the poor for Allāhʼs Ta’ala pleasure brings great rewards while miserliness drives a person to lie and deny the bounties of Allāh.
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Re: Test of Wealth

Post by Ruwaydah on Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:25 am

Great lessons. Jazakiallah khayr for sharing.

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