Sahabas, The Prophet {PBUH}



It was narrated by Al-Harith bin Suwaid : ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud related to us two narrations: One from the Prophet and the other from himself, saying: A believer sees his sins as if he were sitting under a mountain which, he is afraid, may fall on him; whereas the wicked person considers his sins as flies passing over his nose and he just drives them away like this.” Abu Shihab (the sub-narrator) moved his hand over his nose in illustration. (Ibn Mas’ud added): Allah’s Apostle said, “Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His slave than a man who encamps at a place where his life is jeopardized, but he has his riding beast carrying his food and water. He then rests his head and sleeps for a short while and wakes to find his riding beast gone. (He starts looking for it) and suffers from severe heat and thirst or what Allah wished (him to suffer from). He then says, ‘I will go back to my place.’ He returns and sleeps again, and then (getting up), he raises his head to find his riding beast standing beside him.”


The Prophet’s (PBUH) Sleepless Night


Once the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) spent a sleepless night. He would turn from side to side and could not sleep. His wife asked him: “O Prophet of Allah! Why can you not sleep?” He responded: “A date was lying about. I took it up and ate it, lest it should be wasted. Now I am troubled lest it might be from Sadaqah.” Most probably the date belonged to the Prophet himself, but because people sent him their ‘Sadaqah’ as well (for distribution), he could not sleep with the apprehension that it might be of Sadaqah. This is the last word in scruples from the master himself, that he could not sleep because of a suspicion in his mind. How would it go with those who claim themselves to be the slaves of that very master but indulge in usury, corruption, theft, plunder and every other type of ‘haraam’ business without the least scruple.


Hadhrat Abu Bakr and a soothsayer’s food

Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radhiyallaho anho) had a slave who used to give him a portion of his daily income as the master’s share. Once he brought him some food, and Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radhiyallaho anho) took a morsel out of it. Then the slave remarked: “You always enquire about the source of what I bring to you, but today you have not done so.” He replied: “I was feeling so hungry that I failed to do that. Tell me now, how did you come by this food?” The slave said: “Before I embraced Islam, I practised sooth-saying. During those days I came across some people for Stories of the Sahaabah whom I practised some of my charms. They promised to pay me for that later on. I happened to pass by those people today, while they were engaged in a marriage ceremony, and they gave me this food.” Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radhiyallaho anho) exclaimed: ‘Ah! you would have surely killed me?” Then he tried to vomit the morsel he had swallowed, but could not do so, as his stomach had been quite empty. Somebody suggested to him to take water to his fill and then try to vomit. He sent for a goblet of water and kept on taking water and forcing it out, till the morsel was vomitted out. Somebody remarked: “May Allah have mercy on you! You put yourself to such trouble for one single morsel.” To this he made reply: “I would have thrust it out even if I had to lose my life. I have heard the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) saying. ‘The flesh nourished by haraam food, is destined for the fire of Hell.’ 1, therefore, made haste to vomit this morsel, lest any portion of my body should receive nourishment from it.” Many stories of this nature have been reported about Hadhrat Abu Bakr (Radhiyallaho anho). As he was very scrupulous and would not taste anything but that about which he was perfectly sure, even the slightest doubt about its being ‘halal’ would make him vomit what he had taken.


The Prophet (PBUH) Dislike for gold

The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said: “My Lord offered to turn the mounts of Mecca into gold for me. But my supplication to Him was; ‘0, Allah! I like to eat one day and feel hungry the next, so that I may cry before Thee and remember Thee when I am hungry; and be grateful to Thee and glorify Thee when my hunger is gone!” Thus said our Prophet ‘(Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). We profess to follow him and are proud of being in the fold of his Ummat. Isn’tit incumbent upon us to follow him in practice also?