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.”
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.
Someone inquired of Bilal (Radhiyallaho anho) how the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) met his ex.penses. He replied: “He never kept back anything for future use. I arranged money for him. Whenever a needy person, whether hungry or naked, came to him, he would make him over to me and I would then arrange for his needs by borrowing money from somebody. This is what usually happened. Once a Mushrik came to me and said: ‘Look here! I have a lot of money to spare. Don’t borrow money from anybody else. Whenever you need it. come straight to me.’ I exclaimed: ‘This is indeed fine.’ I began to borrow money from him to meet the needs of the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). One day, after I had taken mv Wudhu and was about to call Azaan, the same Mushrik accompanied by some people came and shouted, ‘a, Negro!’ When I attended to him. he began to abuse me, using filthy language and said: ‘How many days are left of this month? ‘I said: ‘It is about to finish. ‘He said most insolently: ‘Look here! there are only four days left of this month. If you fail to clear up your debts by the end of the month. I shall take you as my slave for my money and then you will be grazing sheep as you have been doing before.’ After saying this he went away. I remained melancholy and full of grief throughout the day. After Isha when the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) was alone. I went and narrated the story to him, saying: ‘0. Prophet of Allah! you have nothing with you. nor can I arrange any money from somewhere so quickly. I am afraid the Mushrik will disgrace me. I therefore intend to keep away for such time as you get sufficient monev to clear the debts.’ I went home, took my sword, shield, and shoes. and waited for the morning to make for some other place. Just before dawn. somebody came to me and said. ‘Hurry up. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) wants you.’ I hurried to the musjid and found four loaded camels sitting near the Prophet. He said: ‘Good news. Bilal. Allah has made arrangements for clearing your debts. Take these camels with their load. The Chief of Fidak has sent them as a gift to me.’ I thanked Allah and took the camels and cleared up all the debts. In the meantime. the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) kept sitting in the musjid. When 1 returned, 1 said: ‘Alhamdulillah.’ All the debts are now clear. O. Prophet of Allah’ He inquired: ‘Is there anything left from the gift?” I said, “Yes. something is still left.” He said, “Go and spend that as well. 1 shall not go home until the whole lot is spent.’ The Prophet kept sitting in the musjid all day long. After Isha he inquired again if everything had been spent.. I said: ‘Something is still left unspent. A few of the poor have not turned up so far.’ He slept in the musjid that night. Next day after Isha’a he again called me to him and said: ‘Bilal! Is everything finished now?” I said: ‘Yes, Allah has blessed you with peace. Everything is now spent and gone .’ The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) began to hymn the Glory of Allah over this news, for he did not like death to overtake, him while any of the riches were in his possession. He then went home and met his family.” It is common with pious people that they do not like to keep any wealth with them. How could the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), being the fountain-head of all piety, like to keep anything in his possession? It is said of Maulana Abdur Rahim (May Allah have mercy on him), a Saint of our time, that all that he received as gifts from the people was immediately spent by him and he did not keep anything for himself. A few days before his death, he gave over all his clothes to one of his attendants and said: “If I need to wear any clothes in my life. I shall borrow them from you.” And I also know about my late father, who whenever had any money left after Maghrib, would give it to someone of his creditors (he was several thousand rupees in debt) and would say ‘I would not like to keep this source of trouble with me for the night.’