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Unformatted text preview: e normally concerned about marriage and their livelihood. The Prophet said, "O Jabir, did you get married?" He said, "Yes, I did." The Prophet said, "To a virgin or a previously married woman?" He said, "Previously married." The Prophet was surprised at why a young man like him, who had married for the first time, had done so to a previously married woman. He said to Jabir in kindness, "Why didn't you marry a virgin so that you could fondle one other?" Jabir said, "O Messenger of Allah, my father was martyred on the day of Uhud and left nine (orphan) daughters who are my nine sisters. I thus disliked to have another young girl of their age, and instead married someone older than them so she could be like their mother." The Prophet realised that the man he was speaking to was one who had sacrificed his own pleasures for his sisters. Thus,
110 Choose the right topics 18 the Prophet decided to tell an appropriate joke for a youth of his age: He said, "Perhaps, when we head for Madinah and stop over at Sarar (5 km from Madinah), your wife will hear of our arrival and lay out the pillows." Meaning, even if you married someone previously married, she will always remain your bride. She would rejoice upon your return, lay down the carpet and arrange on it pillows. Jabir thought of his poverty and that of his sisters. He said, "Pillows?! By Allah, O Messenger of Allah, we do not have pillows!" The Prophet said, "InshaAllah, you will soon have pillows." As the two continued on, the Prophet wished to gift some money to Jabir, so he turned to him and said, "O Jabir!" "At your service, O Messenger of Allah!" he replied. The Prophet said, "Will you sell me your camel?" Jabir thought that the camel was his capital, and even though previously extremely weak, it had now become very strong! However, he thought it rude to reject the Prophet's offer. Thus he said, "Make an offe...
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