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Unformatted text preview: I was surprised by a phone call. The speaker said, "Do you not recognise me? I am the one to whom you said `you have the
172 Show them that you want the best for them 25 face of a preacher'. By Allah, I will become a preacher, if Allah wills." He then began to open up to me and explain to me his inner sentiments. Do you see how people are affected by truthful expressions and love? As for the Messenger of Allah , he would captivate people's hearts merely by the charm of his manners and his ability to demonstrate his true love for them. Abu Bakr and `Umar were the best of the Companions. They would always compete with each other in good. Abu Bakr would mostly surpass `Umar. If `Umar were to be early for prayer, he would find that Abu Bakr had already preceded him. If he were to feed a poor person, he would find that Abu Bakr had already done the same before him. If he were to stay awake the night praying, he would find that Abu Bakr had surpassed him yet again. Once, the Prophet ordered the people to give charity, in order to alleviate a hardship the Muslims were facing. It happened that at the time `Umar was very affluent, and so he decided, "Today, I will surpass Abu Bakr, if I am ever to surpass him at all." `Umar then went and brought half of his wealth and gave it to the Messenger of Allah may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him. What was the first thing the Prophet said to `Umar upon seeing this wealth? Did he ask him how much it was? Did he ask him about the type of gold and silver? No. Rather, when he saw the amount of wealth, he said words from which `Umar gathered that he was beloved to the Messenger of Allah may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him. He said to `Umar, "What did you leave behind for your fam- 173 Show them that you want the best for them 25 ily, O `Umar?" `Umar said, "O Messenger of Allah, I have left behind its like for my family." `Umar then sat next to the Messenger of Allah enthusiastically waiting for Abu Bakr. Then came Abu Bakr with plenty of wealth, and gave it to the...
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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.
- Spring '12