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Do not Look Down on Anyone

Do not Underestimate Anyone

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Do not Look down on Anyone

Musjid NabawiOn one occasion a Bedouin Sahabi entered the Musjid of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). He had the urge to relieve himself and due to being uneducated (with the injunctions of Islaam) he relieved himself in one corner of the Musjid. The Sahabah-e-Kiraam (Radhiallahu Anhum) were naturally enraged at this and immediately rushed towards this person rebuking him. Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam) taking charge of the situation instructed the Shaabah to clean the musjid by pouring water over the soiled area and thereafter addressed the Sahaabah in the following words:

إنَّمَا بُعِثتُم مُيَسِّرِين وَلَم تُبعَثُوا مُعَسِّرِين

Allah Ta’ala has sent you to the Ummah as a means of creating ease for them (through being kind and compassionate towards them) and you have not been sent as a means for creating difficulty for them (by being harsh and impolite towards them)

Thereafter, in a loving and compassionate manner Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) advised the Bedouin Sahabi with the following words:

إن هذه المساجد لا تصلح لشيء من هذا البول ولا القذر إنما هي لذكر الله عز وجل والصلاة وقراءة القرآن

“The Masaajid (houses of Allah Ta’ala) have not been created for the purpose of relieving oneself or soiling it with dirt. Instead it has been created for the remembrance of Allah, to perform Salaah and to recite the Qur’aan.”

The compassion and love Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) showed the Bedoiun was the turning point in his life. He became among the learned of the Shabaah. Later on during his life, recounting this incident, he mentioned to the people:

فقام النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم إلى بأبى هو وأمى فلم يسب ولم يؤنب ولم يضرب

The Bedouin related: “May my parents be sacrificed for him. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) did not swear me nor rebuke me nor did he hit me” (Instead he explained to me in a most loving manner).

Note: From this understand that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) first educated the Ulama and learned of the Sahaabah before educating the unlearned person. (Musnad Ahmed & Mishkaat)  

Transformation From a Fruit to a Stone

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Do not Look down on Anyone

artificial fruitThe author of ‘Haalaate Mashaaikhe Kaandhla writes:

Hadhrat Mufti Ilaahi Baksh Saheb (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) narrates the following incident:

From amongst the signs of Allah Ta’ala is that, once a beggar passed by a fruit orchard in Shah Jahaan Aabaad on the outskirts of Dehli. At that time, the fruits were almost ripe and ready to be plucked. The beggar asked the farmer for some fruit. The farmer frowned and said, “There are no fruits here, there are only stones, eat to your heart’s desire.” This statement had angered the beggar and in a state of rage and fury he uttered, “If these are stones then let it be.” After saying this he turned around and left. Suddenly the farmer’s gaze fell on some fruit, and to his utter amazement, all the fruit had transformed into stones. He fell into deep sorrow and remorse. However, it was too late now to feel remorseful. People were greatly surprised and shocked that these fruit had been transformed into stones. Nevertheless, these stones also reached the court of the king (Shah Aalam) of that era. The king had presented it to Hadhrat Shah Abdul Aziz Saheb (Rahmatullahi Alaihi). Mufti Ilaahi Baksh (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) says that I was also present at that time and personally witnessed it for myself. The outer form resembled the fruit, however it was no more than a stone (just like the artificial fruits that are on display today).

ان الله على كل شئ قدير

Indeed Allah Ta’ala has complete power over everything.

The Meat of Hadhrat Umme Salama (Radhiyallahu Anha)

On one occasion Hadhrat Umme Salamah (Radhiyallahu Anha) received some meat. She asked the attendant to keep the meat on the shelf so that when Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) comes home, Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) may partake of it. Just then a beggar came by, and while standing at the doorstep he shouted saying:” Give me something in the name of Allah Ta’ala, in return Allah Ta’ala will bless you with barakah.” The reply came from the house “And may Allah also give you blessings”. These words meant that there was nothing in the house that could be offered to the beggar. The beggar went away. Subsequently Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) entered the home and requested Hadhrat Umme Salamah (Radhiyallahu Anhha) for something to eat. Hadhrat Umme Salamah (Radhiyallahu Anha) immediately instructed the attendant to go to the shelf where the meat was kept and bring it, in order that she may present it before Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). To her utter surprise, when she reached the place where the meat was staying, she found there was no sign of the meat, instead there was a white stone in the same spot. When Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was informed of the reality, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) remarked that it is on account of not giving it to the beggar that the piece of meat turned into a stone.

Lesson: Hadhrat Thaanwi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) explains that due to not giving in the name of Allah Ta’ala this misfortune occurred that the meat was transformed into a stone. Hadhrat Thaanwi further explains that in the same way, a person who deceives the beggar yet eats himself is actually eating a stone. The result of this is that mercilessness and hard heartedness overcomes that heart. It is due to Allah Ta’ala showing kindness and mercy to the family of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), that He changed the meat into stone before their eyes, so that they may be saved from partaking of it. (Behishti Zewar)

Do not Look down and despise Anyone

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Do not Look down on Anyone

Greatness and highness are qualities of Allah Ta’ala that are exclusive to Him. As ordinary human beings, we should not regard ourselves as being worthy of greatness, because when a person considers himself to be great then automatically he will begin to look down on others. This is extremely dangerous for one that he regards himself to be superior and others to be inferior to him. Sometimes, the one whom we regard to be inferior, in reality possesses a higher status and rank in the sight of Allah Ta’ala than us.

Below are a few incidents through which one may realise that it is impermissible to look down on others.

Hadhrat Junaid Baghdadi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)’s Doubt regarding a certain Person

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Do not Look down on Anyone

Flowers 2On one occasion, Hadhrat Junaid (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) had seen a strong, well built man begging outside the Musjid. Having seen this, Hadhrat Junaid (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) disapproved of his begging and within his heart entertained doubts regarding the man. That night he had seen in a dream that he was being instructed to consume the flesh of a corpse.  Hadhrat Junaid (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) in the dream refused to consume the meat of the dead corpse, saying that this was haraam and forbidden in Islam. Thereupon he was told by the one instructing him to eat of the dead corpse, that when you had made gheebat of that person, did you not do the same (i.e. consume the flesh of your brother)?” Hadhrat Junaid (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) was surprised and realised that this was a Divine correction from the side of Allah Ta’ala.

Upon awakening, he immediately set out in search of that person to seek forgiveness for entertaining evil thoughts regarding him. Upon seeing Hadhrat Junaid (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) approaching, the strong and well built man, who in reality was a friend of Allah Ta’ala, sighed and recited the following verse:

وَهُوَ الَّذِي يَقْبَلُ التَّوْبَةَ عَنْ عِبَادِهِ ﴿الشورى: ٢٥﴾

and He (Allah) is the only one that accepts the taubah of His servants. (Jawaahir Paare)

Note: From the above incident we understand that it is not permissible for anyone to look down and despise another person, as he is unaware of the latter’s inner condition. The person in the story outwardly seemed unfit for begging since he was strong and well-built. However, his inner condition (of extreme and abject poverty which was unknown to Junaid Baghdaadi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)) allowed him to beg according to Shariah.

عن حسين بن على قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: للسائل حق وإن جاء على فرس (ابو داود رقم 1667)

Hadhrat Husain bin Ali (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The beggar has a right, even though he comes to you riding on a horse.”  (i.e. In our context, the meaning of the Hadith is, that if a beggar comes driving in a car, we should try and render assistance to him due to him undergoing financial constraints and extreme poverty).

Q: In mufti sahebs opinion, should one give beggars on the roadside small change? We hear some people saying this is actually encouraging begging more, but some say it's good.


A: If one feels that the one begging is in need and in difficulty, then one may assist him. However if one has knowledge regarding a certain beggar that he has made begging his profession, then one should refrain from supporting such a person in his wrong.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

حدثنا محمد بن كثير أخبرنا سفيان حدثنا مصعب بن محمد بن شرحبيل حدثنى يعلى بن أبى يحيى عن فاطمة بنت حسين عن حسين بن على قال قال رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- « للسائل حق وإن جاء على فرس  (أبو داود #1667)

يعني إذا سئل سائل أحدا ينبغي له أن يحسن الظن به وإن جاء على فرس فإنه يمكن أن يحتاج إلى ركوب الفرس ومع ذلك يلجئه الحاجة إلى السؤال ويكون له عائلة أو يكون تحمل حمالة فلا يسئ الظن به ، وهذا لعله باعتبار القرون الأولى ، وأما في هذا الزمان فنشاهد كثيرا من الناس اتخذوا السؤال حرفة لهم ولهم فضول أموال ، فحينئذ يحرم لهم السؤال ويحرم على الناس إعطائهم ، والله أعلم (بذل المجهود 3/54)

Performing Salaah behind Habib Ajmi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi)

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Do not Look down on Anyone

بسم اللهHadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) relates:

Hadhrat Hasan Basri (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) was blessed with profound understanding and comprehensive knowledge in all sciences of Deen; he was a Muhaddith (commentator of Hadith), Mufassir (commentator of the Quraan), Sufi and a Qaari. One night while Hadhrat Habib Ajmi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) was performing nafl Salaah, Hadhrat Hasan Basri (Rahamtullahi Alaihi) happened to pass by. The thought had entered his heart of joining Hadhrat Habib Ajmi in salaah, however upon hearing his style of recitation of the Quraan (which was non-Arab style, though the recitation was correct), he dismissed that intention of his and left. That night he had a vision of Allah Ta’ala in his dream. He supplicated to Allah Ta’ala with the following words, “O Allah, guide me to that path that will lead me closest to You.” The reply he received from Allah Ta’ala was, “O Hasan, if you wish to reach Me, then perform Salaah behind Habib Ajmi.”

Note: At times, one does not think much of others due to their recitation not resembling the Arab style of reciting the Quran. However, from this incident we understand that as long as the recitation conforms to the correct pronunciation of the makhaarij which are consistent with the rules of tajweed, it is accepted by Allah Ta’ala, though one lacks the tune and style of the Arab.  (Jawaahir Paare)

يـٰأَيُّهَا النّاسُ إِنّا خَلَقنـٰكُم مِن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثىٰ وَجَعَلنـٰكُم شُعوبًا وَقَبائِلَ لِتَعارَفوا إِنَّ أَكرَمَكُم عِندَ اللَّـهِ أَتقىٰكُم إِنَّ اللَّـهَ عَليمٌ خَبيرٌ ﴿١٣﴾

O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may be able to recognize each other (not that you may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is he who possesses the most amount of Taqwa (i.e. who is most righteous). And Allah Ta’ala has full knowledge and is aware of everything.