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Unformatted text preview: enever he received something which was sent as a gift to them, he would share it with them. This bothered me. I thought to myself, `Why give this milk to Ahl as-Sufa? I am more deserving of drinking this milk to strengthen myself a little.' When Ahl as-Sufa came, he ordered me to serve them. I wondered what would be left for me of this milk. However, there was no escape from obedience to Allah and His Messenger. I went and invited them to the Prophet's house. They came, 478 Generosity 73 the Prophet gave them permission to enter, and they began to take their seats in the house. The Prophet said, `O Abu Hurayrah!' I said, `At your service, O Messenger of Allah!' He said, `Take this and give it to them.' I took the bowl and began to serve it to them one by one, so a person would take it and drink his fill from it and return it to me. I would then give it to the next person who would drink to his fill and return it to me. I would then give it to the third person who would do the same.This happened until I finally reached the Prophet . By this time all of them had drunk to their fill. The Prophet took the bowl and placed it in my hands. He looked at me with a smile and said, `O Abu Hurayrah!' I said, `At your service, O Messenger of Allah!' He said, `It seems only you and I are left.' I said, `That's right, O Messenger of Allah.' He said, `Have a seat and drink.' I sat down and drank some. He said, `Drink more, so I drank more.' He continued to say, `Drink more, until I finally said, `No. I swear by the one who has sent you with the truth, I do not have any space left!' He said, `Give it to me, then.' I gave it to him. He praised Allah, said `Bismillah' and drank the rest of the milk.'" (al-Bukhari) 479 Generosity 73 The art of generosity has many secrets. One of its secrets is that instead of being generous to a person directly, be generous to those he loves. Due to this, he will love you. A friends of mine once visited me. He had with him a small bag of sweets and toys, which I do not think would have cost him more than a few Riyals. He gave it to me and said, &quo...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Professorsunni during the Spring '12 term at N.C. State.
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