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'Aleena
02-27-2011, 10:53 AM
Shaykh Sa’eed ibn Musfir narrates the following account:

I was walking out of the Haram (the Ka’bah in Makkah) when I saw a man begging from everyone that passed by him.

Just then a man who had parked his tinted Mercedes excessively close to the Haram in a designated VIP parking walked passed the beggar on his way to his car. As he pulled the keys out and the alarm did the ‘whup whup’, the beggar raised his finger to the sky and said, “Please, for the sake of Allah!”

Trying to end the moment and avoid a dip into the pocket, the Mercedes man said back, “Allah will provide!”

The beggar replied: “What! Did you at any moment think that I thought YOU were my provider! I’m not asking for your provision, I KNOW Allah will provide for me.”

Shaykh Misfir continues. The two stood there staring at one another for a moment and then the Mercedes tinted windows came up and the man drove away.

A needy African sister who was sitting nearby on the street selling textiles was moved by the incident. She did not have much, but from what she did have, she pulled out 1 riyal and placed it in the hands of that beggar.

He smiled and went on his way.

Meanwhile the Mercedes man could not drive on with the choke of guilt.

He turned the car around and made his way through the crowd to the place where the incident had happened.

Shaykh Misfir says…I saw with my own eyes as he pulled out a 10 riyal bill from his briefcase to give to the beggar. But he looked left and right and could not find him. What was he to do? He had already pulled out the bill to give for the sake of Allah and was not going to put it back. So he found the nearest person he thought was worthy of the bill, placed it in her lap and went on his way.

The 10 riyals sat in the lap of the sister that had given the beggar!

Hazrat Abu Hurairah reported that Rasulullah has said that Allah’s injunction is:

“O my servants ! Spend and you will be given.” [Bukhari, Muslim]

Hazrat Abdullah bin Abbas reported that Rasulullah has said that “Charity does not diminish wealth.” [Tibrani]

(Source: Al-Islaah publications)
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glo
02-27-2011, 02:18 PM
That's a wonderful story!

It reminds me of this teaching of Jesus:

As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

(Luke 21:1-4)
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Misz_Muslimah
02-27-2011, 05:16 PM
Subhanallah great story..jazaakalahu khayr for sharing
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Samiun
02-27-2011, 05:43 PM
:sl:, at first I thought this was going to be the story between a sheikh from Mekkah(Ibn uthmayeen I think) and a taxi driver who thought didn't believe that he is actually his PASSANGER.

Jazkhallkhairo for the story!
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MustafaMc
02-27-2011, 05:47 PM
Originally Posted by glo
That's a wonderful story!

It reminds me of this teaching of Jesus:
...and yours reminded me of Luke 18:9-14

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
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Endymion
02-27-2011, 05:57 PM
Great post :thumbs_up Thanks for sharing :statisfie
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glo
02-27-2011, 08:02 PM
Originally Posted by MustafaMc
...and yours reminded me of Luke 18:9-14

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
A great reminder. Thank you, Mustafa, for sharing.
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Cabdullahi
02-27-2011, 08:27 PM
African sisters at the forefront of making sacrifices and helping others!
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MustafaMc
02-28-2011, 01:15 PM
Glo, that parable should be a reminder for all of us to be humble and not puffed up with pride. When the following quote is understood from the perspective of compassion and not of condescension it should protect one from pride, "There but for the Grace of God, so go I."

The OP illustrates that truly our sustenance comes from Allah (swt). It is likely that the rich guy would have only given 1 riyal to the first beggar, but Allah (swt) led him to give more that ultimately went to the second poor person who gave from the little she had. Islam teaches us to give charity when we are rich and when we are poor.
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