Accepting Gifts, Even if Humble (Ahadith 2238 – 2240)

Bismillah.

Ahadith 2233 – 2237 (below) are repeats. See linked text for related posts.

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 735:
Narrated ‘Urwa:
That ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) told him that Buraira came to seek her help in her writing of emancipation (for a certain sum) and that time she had not paid anything of it. ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said to her, “Go back to your masters, and if they agree that I will pay the amount of your writing of emancipation and get your Wala’, I will do so.” Buraira informed her masters of that but they refused and said, “If she (i.e. ‘Aisha) is seeking Allah’s reward, then she can do so, but your Wala’ will be for us.” ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) mentioned that to Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) who said to her, “Buy and manumit her, as the Wala’ is for the liberator.” Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) then got up and said, “What about the people who stipulate conditions which are not present in Allah’s Laws? Whoever imposes conditions which are not present in Allah’s Laws, then those conditions will be invalid, even if he imposed these conditions a hundred times. Allah’s conditions (Laws) are the truth and are more solid.”

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 736:
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):
Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) wanted to buy a slave-girl in order to manumit her. The girl’s masters stipulated that her Wala’ would be for them. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said (to ‘Aisha), “What they stipulate should not stop you, for the Wala’ is for the liberator.”

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 737:
Narrated Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa):
Buraira came (to ‘Aisha) and said, “I have made a contract of emancipation with my masters for nine Uqiyas (of gold) to be paid in yearly installments. Therefore, I seek your help.” ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, “If your masters agree, I will pay them the sum at once and free you on condition that your Wala’ will be for me.” Buraira went to her masters but they refused that offer. She (came back) and said, “I presented to them the offer but they refused, unless the Wala’ was for them.” Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) heard of that and asked me about it, and I told him about it. On that he said, “Buy and manumit her and stipulate that the Wala’ should be for you, as Wala’ is for the liberator.” ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) added, “Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) then got up amongst the people, Glorified and Praised Allah, and said, ‘Then after: What about some people who impose conditions which are not present in Allah’s Laws? So, any condition which is not present in Allah’s Laws is invalid even if they were one-hundred conditions. Allah’s ordinance is the truth, and Allah’s condition is stronger and more solid. Why do some men from you say, O so-and-so! manumit the slave but the Wala will be for me? Verily, the Wala is for the liberator.”

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 738:
Narrated Amra bint ‘AbdurRahman:
Buraira went to Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa), the mother of the faithful believers to seek her help in her emancipation Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said to her, “If your masters agree, I will pay them your price in a lump sum and manumit you.” Buraira mentioned that offer to her masters but they refused to sell her unless the Wala’ was for them. ‘Aisha told Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) about it. He said, “Buy and manumit her as the Wala’ is for the liberator.”

Volume 3, Book 46, Number 739:
Narrated ‘Abdul Wahid bin Aiman:
I went to ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) and said, “I was the slave of Utba bin Abu Lahab. “Utba died and his sons became my masters who sold me to Ibn Abu Amr who manumitted me. The sons of ‘Utba stipulated that my Wala’ should be for them.” ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, “Buraira came to me and she was given the writing of emancipation by her masters and she asked me to buy and manumit her. I agreed to it, but Buraira told me that her masters would not sell her unless her Wala’ was for them.” ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, “I am not in need of that.” When the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) heard that, or he was told about it, he asked ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) about it. ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) mentioned what Buraira had told her. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Buy and manumit her and let them stipulate whatever they like.” So, ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) bought and manumitted her and her masters stipulated that her Wala’ should be for them.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “The Wala’ will be for the liberator even if they stipulated a hundred conditions.”

Book of Manumission of Slaves [Kitaab-ul-`Itq] ends here.

Book of Gifts [Kitaab-ul-Hibah] starts today..

Today’s Ahadith:

Volume 3, Book 47, Number 740:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “O Muslim women! None of you should look down upon the gift sent by her she-neighbour even if it were the trotters of the sheep (flesh-less part of legs).”

The awkward moment when you think you’ve covered the hadith before on the blog but it doesn’t show up in search results! Anyhoo..

Volume 3, Book 47, Number 741:
Narrated Urwa:
Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said to me, “O my nephew! We used to see the crescent, and then the crescent and then the crescent in this way we saw three crescents in two months and no fire (for cooking) used to be made in the houses of Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). I said, “O my aunt! Then what use to sustain you?” ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, “The two black things: dates and water, our neighbors from Ansar had some Manarh and they used to present Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) some of their milk and he used to make us drink.”

Humility is one of the best and noblest of characteristics; it is the attitude of the Prophets and Messengers, and the way of the close friends of Allaah and the righteous. That is being kind to people, lowering the wing of humility to them and trying to meet their needs and wants.

It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“The most perfect of the believers in faith is the one who is best in attitude and humble, who get along with others and others get along with them, and  there is no good in the one who does not get along with others and they do not get along with him.”

Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Awsat (2/268); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah(751).

One of the greatest qualities of those who are humble is that they accept gifts no matter what their value, and they do not look at their value or whether the giver could have afforded something better than that, rather one should accept it and appreciate it, and feel that the true gift is the love that motivated them to give, not the value of the gift.

The leader of mankind, the Seal of the Prophets and Messengers, our Beloved Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), despite his high status and lofty position, would accept a gift even if it was a sheep’s foot or a drink of milk.

Volume 3, Book 47, Number 742:
Narrated Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu):
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “I shall accept the invitation even if I were invited to a meal of a sheep’s trotter, and I shall accept the gift even if it were an arm or a trotter of a sheep.”

This hadeeth is indicative of the good attitude of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his humility, and his desire to make people happy by accepting gifts and responding when a man invited him to his home, even if he knew that what he was inviting him to was something small. This is encouragement to keep in touch with one another, love one another, make friends with one another, and accept invitations great and small, and to accept gifts likewise.

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