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Unformatted text preview: hing for the Prophet as a gift, like cottage cheese or butter. Likewise, the Prophet would prepare something to give to him whenever he wanted to leave, such as dates and so on. The Prophet used to love him and say: "Zahir is our Bedouin and we are his city-dwellers." Zahir was not very good looking. One day, Zahir may Allah be pleased with him left the desert and came to Allah's Messenger but did not find him. He had some merchandise to sell so he went on to the marketplace. When the Prophet found out about his arrival, he went to the marketplace looking for him. When he arrived, he saw him
52 With the poor 9 selling his merchandise with sweat pouring down from his face, and he wore Bedouin clothes which did not smell good either. The Prophet hugged him tightly from behind, while Zahir was unaware and could not see who it was. Zahir became scared and said: "Let me go! Who is this?" But the Prophet remained silent. Zahir tried to release himself from his grip and started to look right and left. When he saw the Prophet he relaxed and calmed down, placing his back against the Prophet's chest. The Prophet began to joke with him, saying to the public: "Who will buy this slave?! Who will buy this slave?!" Thereupon, Zahir looked at himself and thought of his extreme poverty, for he had neither wealth nor good looks. He said: "You will find me unmarketable, O Messenger of Allah." The Prophet said: "But you are not unmarketable with Allah.You are very precious to Allah." It was no surprise then that the hearts of the poor were attached to the Prophet . He would gain their respect and love by such an attitude. Many poor people may not accuse the rich of miserliness in terms of wealth and food, but they can certainly accuse them of miserliness in terms of gracious and kind treatment. How often do you smile at a poor person and make him feel he is worthy and respectable, so that perhaps at night he might supplicate for you and cause Allah's mercy to descend upon you from the heavens?...
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