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This Hadith also stresses humbleness, simplicity and regard for the Blessings of Allah. To be
unwilling to pick up a fallen morsel and eat it and to keep from cleaning up the dish is the style of arrogant and
wealthy people. It displays disregard for Allah's Blessing. To eat the fallen morsel after cleaning it and to lick up the
dish shows, apart from humbleness, regard for the Divine gift. Such an act pleases Allah. In it there is another
advantageous aspect. Man never knows which is the blessed portion of food. When one licks up the dish, or even his
fingers, picks up the fallen morsel and eats it after cleaning it, nothing will be wasted from the meal. In this way, the
blessed portion of meal will automatically come to him and he will not remain deprived of it. Moreover, the Hadith
tells us that Allah's Blessing, in whatever small quantity it may be, must not be wasted. Yet unfortunately, as we see
today, food is wasted like anything in the feasts and marriage ceremonies. Whereas there are countless people in the
world who do not get enough to eat, and there are many areas where people simply starve. May Allah guide us!
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻲﺒﻨﻟا ﻦﻋ ، ﻪﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ةﺮﻳﺮُه ﻲﺑأ ﻦﻋو
ﻰﻋر ﱠﻻِإ ًﺎّﻴِﺒَﻧ ُﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﺚﻌﺑ ﺎﻣ
ﻪﺑﺎﺤﺻَأ َلﺎﻗ
لﺎﻘﻓ ؟ َﺖْﻧَأَو
َﺔﱠﻜَﻣ ِﻞْهَﻷ َﻂﻳِراﺮَﻗ ﻰﻠﻋ ﺎَهﺎَﻋْرَأ ُﺖْﻨُآ ْﻢَﻌَﻧ
يرﺎﺨﺒﻟا ُﻩاور
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said,
"Every Prophet has tended
He was asked: "And did you?'' He replied:
"Yes, I tended them for a few carats for the Makkans.''
This Hadith has already been mentioned earlier, approving of secluded life in a peculiar situation. As
the same has relevance with humbleness, it is repeated in this chapter as well. Indeed, it is the quality of humble
people that they earn their living by manual labour.
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﱢﻲﺒﻨﻟا ﻦﻋ ُﻪﻨﻋو
ُﺖﻠﺒﻘﻟ ٍعاَرِذ ْوَأ ٍعاﺮُآ ﻰﻟِإ ُﺖﻴِﻋُد ْﻮَﻟ
ٌعارِذ ﱠﻲﻟِإ ىﺪْهُأ ْﻮَﻟَو
ُﺖْﻠِﺒَﻘَﻟ ٌعاﺮُآ وَأ
يرﺎﺨﺒﻟا ُﻩاور
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said:
"If I am invited to a meal
consisting of a sheep's foot or shoulder, I would respond and I would accept as a gift a shoulder or a foot of a sheep.''
This Hadith brings to our knowledge the humbleness and simplicity of Messenger of Allah (PBUH).
It serves as an exemplar to us that we should accept the simple invitation of a poor man and even an ordinary gift.
We must not reject the gift owing to its ordinariness and inadequacy.
لﺎﻗ ﻪﻨﻋ ُﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ٍﺲﻧَأ ﻦﻋو
ﻻ وأ ،ُﻖَﺒﺴُﺗ َﻻ ُءﺎَﺒْﻀَﻌﻟا ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮُﺳَر ُﺔَﻗﺎَﻧ ْﺖَﻧﺎَآ
ا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻲﺒﻨﻟا ُﻪَﻓﺮَﻋ ﻰﱠﺘَﺣ َﻦﻴِﻤﻠْﺴُﻤﻟا ﻰﻠَﻋ ﻚﻟذ ﱠﻖَﺸَﻓ ، ﺎﻬَﻘﺒﺴَﻓ ، ُﻪﻟ ٍدﻮُﻌَﻗ ﻰﻠَﻋ ﱞﻲﺑاﺮْﻋَأ َءﺎَﺠَﻓ ، ُﻖَﺒْﺴُﺗ ُدﺎَﻜﺗ
َلﺎَﻘَﻓ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴ
ُﻪَﻌَﺿَو ﱠﻻِإ ﺎَﻴْﻧﱡﺪﻟا َﻦِﻣ ءﻲَﺷ َﻊِﻔَﺗْﺮَﻳ َﻻ ْنَأ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻰﻠَﻋ ﱞﻖَﺣ
يرﺎﺨﺒﻟا ُﻩاور
Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) had a she-camel called
Al-`Adba' which would not allow any other camel to surpass her. A bedouin came riding his camel which
outstripped it. The Muslims were much grieved at this. Messenger of Allah (PBUH) perceived it and said,
"It is
Allah's Way that he lowers whatever raises itself in the world."
This Hadith underlines a Principle of Allah that He never keeps anything in the world on the rise
eternally. Every rising star has its eventual decline. Individuals and nations apart, this law of nature also applies to
animal life. In it is embedded Divine wisdom. First, annihilation and fall is the fate of everything. Second, lest
power and growth should go to man's head, he is warned by being reduced to smallness that there exists a Supreme
One Who holds sway over all creatures and can render the powerful weak and helpless. The bedouin camel-rider
resented the Companions by overtaking Messenger of Allah (PBUH), yet he himself did not express his resentment.
Rather the occasion caused him to explain the Divine wisdom behind it. The Hadith also shows the Prophet's