A poet mentions the generosity of Nabi (S.A.W) very beautifully- He says, “When you go to him, he receives you with such a smiling face that it is as if you are giving him, that which you are asking of him. Like, as if to say that you are giving to him, that is the way he is smiling, so cheerfully and happily; but it is he who is giving you.”
Another poet says that Rasoolullah (S.A.W) never said ‘No’ to anyone in his life. He goes on to say that in Tashahud, you have to say Ash hadu Al-Laa ilaha illa Allah- the Laa meaning ‘No’. The poet says that if it wasn’t for the Tashahud, the Laa would have been Na’am, meaning ‘Yes’. Such was the generosity of our Nabi (S.A.W).
Once, a Sahaabiyaa realised that Nabi (S.A.W) needed a shawl. So she sewed a shawl and sent it for Rasoolullah (S.A.W). Nabi (S.A.W) was sitting with some Sahaabah (R.A) when the shawl comes as a hadya (gift). Immediately, Nabi (S.A.W) leaves the majlis, goes home and puts on the shawl because He (S.A.W) was in need of one. Nabi (S.A.W) returns to the majlis; sits down, and a Sahaabi comes up to Him (S.A.W). The Sahaabi tells Rasoolullah (S.A.W): “Ya Rasoolullah, give me this shawl”. Nabi (S.A.W) goes back home, removes the shawl in favour of the old garment He (S.A.W) was wearing and presents the new shawl to the Sahaabi (R.A), with no complaint.
(Side note: The other Sahaaba (R.A) were upset with the Sahaabi (R.A) and took him aside to ask him why he asked Nabi (S.A.W) for the shawl when he could see that Nabi (S.A.W) needed it. The Sahaabi (R.A) replied that he had no.other cloth to use as his kafan, and wanted the shawl for that reason. Consequently, the shawl was, in fact, used as the Sahaabi (R.A)’s kafan.)
One particular day, Nabi (S.A.W) read Salaah and left immediately from the musjid; not sitting down to read Tasbeehaat or anything. Sahaaba (R.A) became worried. So when Nabi (S.A.W) returned, they asked Him (S.A.W) what had happened. Nabi (S.A.W) replied that some wealth had come in, and that there was still one or two coins left from that wealth and He (S.A.W) needed to distribute it. Rasoolullah (S.A.W) says, “Salaah time came in between, so I came and read my Salaah and as soon as Salaah was finished, I went and distributed those coins.”
These incidents might seem small, but bear in mind, Rasoolullah (S.A.W) used to sometimes not even have a kajoor at home to eat. Every bit of food that came, was first taken to the Ashabe Suffah to partake of, then Nabi (S.A.W) and His (S.A.W)’s family would eat.
Whatever Nabi (S.A.W) used to give, was that which He (S.A.W) himself would eat or use. On top of that, if Nabi (S.A.W) didn’t have something that was asked for from Him (S.A.W), then Rasoolullah (S.A.W) would make arrangements for that Sahaaba (R.A) to get whatever it is he wanted. More so, Nabi (S.A.W) would go and exchange His (S.A.W)’s armour and get some grain to distribute to the people. Then, when some monies came in, Rasoolullah (S.A.W) would pay the person and get His (S.A.W)’s armour back.
This was Nabi (S.A.W)’s generosity. Nabi (S.A.W)’s heart.
[Summarised from The Noble Qualities Of Nabi-E-Kareem (S.A.W) by Hazrat Moulana Dawood Seedat [DB]]
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