1. "With the poor"

    Many people today view manners in a commercial light. To 

    them, only rich people’s jokes are worth laughing at, and only 

    their  faults  are  considered  small  and  worthy  of  overlooking. 

    As for the poor, their jokes are unbearable and only worthy of 

    ridicule, while their faults are magnified and they are shouted

    down.

    As for the Prophet , his kindness extended to both rich 

    and  poor  alike. Anas –  may Allah  be  pleased  with  him –  said, 

    “There was a man from amongst the Bedouins whose name was 

    Zahir  bin  Haram. Whenever  he  came  to  Madinah  for  a  need, 

    he brought something for the Prophet as a gift, like cottage 

    cheese or butter. Likewise, the Prophet would prepare something to give to him whenever he wanted to leave, such as dates 

    and so on. The Prophet used to love him and say: “Zahir is 

    our Bedouin and we are his city-dwellers.” Zahir was not very 

    good looking. One day, Zahir – may Allah be pleased with him 

    – left the desert and came to Allah’s Messenger but did not 

    find him. He had some merchandise to sell so he went on to the

    marketplace.

    When the Prophet found out about his arrival, he went to 

    the marketplace looking for him. When he arrived, he saw him 

    selling his merchandise with sweat pouring down from his face, 

    and he wore Bedouin clothes which did not smell good either. 

    The Prophet hugged him tightly from behind, while Zahir was 

    unaware and could not see who it was.

    Zahir became scared and said: “Let me go! Who is this?” But 

    the Prophet remained silent. Zahir tried to release himself 

    from his grip and started to look right and left. When he saw 

    the Prophet he relaxed and calmed down, placing his back 

    against the Prophet’s chest. The Prophet began to joke with 

    him, saying to the public: “Who will buy this slave?! Who will buy 

    this slave?!”

    Thereupon, Zahir looked at himself and thought of his extreme poverty, for he had neither wealth nor good looks.

    He  said: “You  will  find me unmarketable, O Messenger of

    Allah.”

    The Prophet said: “But you are not unmarketable with Allah. You are very precious to Allah.”

    It was no surprise then that the hearts of the poor were attached to the Prophet . He would gain their respect and love 

    by such an attitude. Many poor people may not accuse the rich 

    of  miserliness  in  terms  of  wealth  and  food,  but  they  can  certainly accuse them of miserliness in terms of gracious and kind 

    treatment. How often do you smile at a poor person and make 

    him feel he is worthy and respectable, so that perhaps at night 

    he might supplicate for you and cause Allah’s mercy to descend 

    upon you from the heavens?

    There may be a person with dishevelled hair who is rejected 

    and  not  cared  for,  but  if  he  ever  asks Allah  for  something  he 

    is always responded to. Therefore, always be humane with the 

    weak.

    "A hint…

    Perhaps just a smile at a poor man would raise you in rank 

    in the sight of Allah.”

     
  2. Admit your faults 

    and do not be arrogant…

    Many problems that cause enmity to continue for a year or 

    two years, or perhaps for life, can easily be solved by one person 

    saying to another, “I made a mistake. I am sorry.”

    “Yes, I did not make it to the appointment.”

    “Yes, I made a bad joke.”

    “Yes, I said hurtful things.”

    Be quick to put out the fire before it is set ablaze. Say,“I am

    sorry. I owe you an apology.” You would only feel better after 

    apologising.

    There occurred an argument between Abu Dharr and Bilal 

    – may Allah be pleased with them both – and even though they 

    were both Companions of the Prophet , they were still human.

    During the argument, Abu Dharr became angry and said to 

    Bilal, “O son of a black woman!” Thereupon, Bilal complained to 

    the Messenger of Allah . The Prophet called Abu Dharr and 

    said, “Did you insult Bilal?”

    He replied, “Yes.”

    The Prophet said, “Did you mention his mother?”

    He replied, “When someone is insulted, usually his father and 

    mother are also mentioned, O Messenger of Allah!”

    The Prophet replied, “You are a man with traits of pre-Islamic ignorance.”

    He asked, “Even when I am this old?”

    The Prophet replied, “Yes.”

    The  Prophet  then  taught  him  the  manner  in  which  he 

    should deal with those who may be seen as below his social status, saying, “They are only your brothers. Allah has placed them 

    in your care. And whoever Allah places in one’s care then let him 

    feed him with what he eats himself, clothe him with what he 

    clothes himself. Let him not overburden him with that which he 

    cannot bear. And if he does overburden him, then let him lend 

    him a hand.”

    What did Abu Dharr do then?

    Abu Dharr went to see Bilal and apologised. He sat on the 

    ground in front of Bilal and he became closer to the ground until 

    he rested his cheek on the dust, and said, “O Bilal! Put your foot 

    on my cheek!” (Muslim)

    This  is  how  eager  the  Companions  were  to  set  out  the 

    flames of enmity before they became strong, and even if they

    became strong, they would do their best to prevent them from 

    spreading.

    A  disagreement  took  place  between Abu  Bakr  and ‘Umar, 

    where Abu Bakr made ‘Umar angry. ‘Umar went away from Abu 

    Bakr in a state of anger. When Abu Bakr saw this, he regretted it 

    and feared that the situation may exacerbate. Thus he went after 

    ‘Umar saying, “Forgive me, O ‘Umar!” But ‘Umar refused to turn 

    to him.

    Abu  Bakr  kept  apologising  and  following  ‘Umar  until  he 

    reached his home and shut the door in Abu Bakr’s face. Upon 

    this, Abu  Bakr  went  to  the  Messenger  of Allah . When  the 

    Prophet saw him coming from afar, he noticed something different about him and said, “This Companion of ours seems to be 

    in trouble.”

    Abu Bakr sat down quietly, and it wasn’t long until ‘Umar also 

    regretted his mistake. May Allah be pleased with them all! How 

    pure were their hearts!

    ‘Umar headed to the Prophet’s gathering, greeted everyone 

    and sat down next to the Prophet and told him the story, 

    along with how he turned away from Abu Bakr and did not accept his apology.

    The Messenger of Allah became angry. When Abu Bakr 

    saw his anger, he began to say, “By Allah, O Messenger of Allah! 

    This is only because I was the wrongdoer. I was the wrongdoer!” 

    He began to defend and make excuses for ‘Umar.

    The Prophet said, “Will you leave my Companion alone? 

    Will you leave my Companion alone? When I said, ‘O people! I am 

    the Messenger of Allah to you all’, all of you said, ‘You have lied!’ 

    yet Abu Bakr said, ‘You have spoken the truth!’” (al-Bukhari)

    Be careful not to be from those who rectify others while 

    corrupting  their  own  souls.  Such  people  go  around  in  circles 

    with their faults like a donkey going around a mill.

    Hence, if you ever are in a position to advise others or be 

    an example to them, such as a teacher with his students, a father 

    or a mother with his or her children, then think as if you are 

    under the watch of your customers. Everyone is monitoring you. 

    Always discipline yourself as much as possible. The same applies 

    to a couple dealing with each other.

    Once, ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – distributed 

    clothes to people. Everyone received a piece of cloth that would 

    have sufficed him either as an upper or lower garment. ‘Umar

    then stood up to address the people on Friday, and said in the 

    beginning, “Surely, Allah has ordered you to hear and obey…”

    As he said that, there rose a man from amongst the people 

    and said, “There is no hearing, nor obedience!”

    ‘Umar said, “Why is that?”

    He replied, “Because you gave us all one garment each, while 

    you yourself wear two new garments!” meaning, your upper and 

    lower garment, as we can notice they are new.

    ‘Umar then turned to the congregation as though looking 

    for someone, until he found his son ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar. He said, 

    “Stand up, O ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar!” He stood up.

    He said, “Did you not give me your garment so I may deliver 

    my address to the people therein?”

    He replied, “Yes.”

    Then the man sat down and said, “Now we shall hear and we 

    shall obey.” and that was the end of the matter.

    Although I agree that the manner in which the man objected to ‘Umar was inappropriate, our amazement is over ‘Umar’s 

    ability to understand the situation and extinguish the flames of

    trouble.

    Lastly, if you would like others to accept your comments or 

    advice, no matter who they may be, your wife, son or your sister, 

    then be receptive to advice yourself without being arrogant.

    A man is always saying to his wife, “Look after the children 

    better… Cook good food… How long have I been telling you 

    to  sort  out  the  bedroom?”  She  would  always  respond  gently, 

    “Alright, Allah willing, I will do as you say.”

    One  day  she  suggests  piece  of  advice  for  him, “The  children are having their exams nowadays and they need you to be 

    present, so please don’t be late if you go out with your friends.”

    The man merely hears these words and shouts at her, “I don’t 

    have time for them! And whether or not I am late, what has that 

    got to do with you? This is none of your business!”

    Tell me, in the name of Allah, why you expect her to accept 

    your advice after this?

    And lastly, the clever person is the one who seals the holes 

    in his wall so the people are not able to glance inside. Meaning, 

    do not give people the opportunity to doubt you.

    I recall that once a Da‘wah organisation invited a group of 

    preachers to deliver lectures in Albania. The president of all the 

    Albanian Da‘wah centres was also present. We looked at him 

    and noticed that he did not have a single strand of hair on his 

    cheek! We looked at each other in amazement, for it is common 

    for a preacher to abide by the practices of the Messenger of Allah by growing his beard, even if it is light. How can a leader of 

    preachers be clean-shaven?

    When the conference started, he said to us jokingly, “Dear 

    all! I am naturally beardless. My beard simply does not grow. Do 

    not arrange a whole lecture about me after we have finished!”

    We smiled and thanked him.

    If you will, let us travel back in time to Madinah and look 

    at the Messenger of Allah while he was making I‘tikaaf in his 

    mosque in one of the nights of Ramadan. There came his wife, 

    Safiyyah bint Huyay, to visit him and stayed with him for a while.

    She then rose to go back to her house. The Prophet did not 

    like for her to go back home in the darkness of the night, so he 

    decided to go with her. He walked some of the way with her 

    until two men from the Ansaar passed by him.

    When they saw the Prophet with a woman they began to 

    walk fast. Upon seeing this, the Prophet said to them, “Take 

    your time! She is only Safiyyah bint Huyay.”

    They said, “SubhanAllah!” meaning, does it make sense that 

    we should assume that you are walking with a strange woman?

    The Prophet said, “Indeed, the devil flows through the human being like blood in the veins. I feared that he may place evil 

    in your hearts, or may whisper something to you…” (al-Bukhari 

    and Muslim)

    Bravery…

    Bravery is not to persist in your errors, but to acknowledge 

    that you are wrong, and not to repeat the error again.

     
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