Who Do You Trust? (Hadith No. 2553)
Volume 4, Book 52, Number 158 :
Narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu)
That he proceeded in the company of Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) towards Najd to participate in a Ghazwa. (Holy-battle) When Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) returned, he too returned with him. Midday came upon them while they were in a valley having many thorny trees. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) and the people dismounted and dispersed to rest in the shade of the trees. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) rested under a tree and hung his sword on it. We all took a nap and suddenly we heard Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) calling us. (We woke up) to see a bedouin with him. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “This bedouin took out my sword while I was sleeping and when I woke up, I found the unsheathed sword in his hand and he challenged me saying, ‘Who will save you from me?’ I said thrice, ‘Allah.’ The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) did not punish him but sat down.
And in a narration of Abu Bakr Al-Isma`ili, the polytheist asked: “Who will protect you from me?” Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) replied, “Allah.” As soon as he said this, the sword fell down from his hand and Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) catching the sword, asked him, “Who will protect you from me.” He said, “Please forgive me.” Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “On condition you testify that there is none worthy of worship but Allah and that I am His Messenger.” He said, “No, but I promise you that I shall not fight against you, nor shall I be with those who fight with you”. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) let him go. He then went back to his companions and said: “I have come to you from one of the best of mankind”.
This does not only show the forgiving nature of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) but also his complete trust in Allah. Something we need in our lives badly.
‘And He will provide him from (sources) he could never imagine. And whoever puts their trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Indeed, Allah has set a measure for all things.’ [65:3]
Bedouins and Hijrah (Hadith No. 1231)
Volume 2, Book 24, Number 532:
Narrated Abu Sa`eed Al-Khudri (radiallaahu `anhu):
A Bedouin asked Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) about the emigration. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “May Allah have mercy on you! The matter of emigration is very hard. Have you got camels? Do you pay their Zakat?” The Bedouin said, “Yes, I have camels and I pay their Zakat.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Work beyond the seas and Allah will not decrease (waste) any of your good deeds.”
This statement of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) “The matter of migration is very hard” indicates that this incident took place before the Conquest of Makkah. Because after that, there’s no Hijrah.
Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) told him not to do Hijrah, since he was a Bedouin. Bedouins have a different way of life than the city people. It’s not easy for them to settle down. They keep moving. They like the desert. So he (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said “The matter of migration is very hard”. Then he advised him to continue his work saying “Allah will not decrease any of your good deeds”. Meaning he didn’t have to do Hijrah. If Hijrah was binding on him, and he did not make the journey for it, Allah wouldn’t accept any of his deeds. So Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) is reassuring him.
And yes, Bedouins pay Zakah too.
Manners (Hadith No. 218)
Hadith no. 217 is a repeat. Read it here.
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
The Prophet saw a Bedouin urinating in the mosque and told the people not to disturb him. When he finished, the Prophet asked for some water and poured it over (the urine).
You see that a lot nowadays? I don’t think so.
Check out the Prophet (SAW)’s wisdom here. He doesn’t disturb the person urinating because that’ll be dangerous for him psychologically. And when he’s done, instead of rebuking him, he pours water over it himself! He doesn’t scold him for doing it because he was a Bedouin. He didn’t know that urinating in a mosque is a bad thing.
Lesson: give margin to others.