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22 May 2017 CE | 26 Shaban 1438 AH
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Hadith Explanation


The Barren Tree


Abdullah (radi Allahu anhu) narrated: “The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) divided and distributed something as he used to do for some of his distributions. A man from the Ansaar said, ‘By Allah, in this distribution the Pleasure of Allah has not been intended (i.e., it was not done justly).’ I said, ‘I will definitely tell this to the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).’ So I went to him while he was sitting with his Companions and told him of it secretly. That was hard upon the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) and the colour of his face changed, and he became so angry that I wished I had not told him. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) then said, ‘Musa was harmed with more than this, yet he remained patient.’” [Sahih Bukhari]

The man had accused the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) of not having divided the material among people fairly and justly. Think about it. Suppose your love of your son made you give him even your own share on top of his. But then your son accuses you of having given his share to others. He accuses you of not fearing Allah in the way you made the distribution. Imagine how hurt and angry you would be at his ignorance and rubbish. But look at the behaviour of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)! He was upset, but then thought of how Musa (alaihis salam) had been hurt by more than this and he adopted the patience Musa (alaihis salam) had exhibited.

Sometimes it is not possible to change others’ opinion about you. If they have decided to feel a certain way, clarifying your position won’t help. Think of yourself then as a tree laden with fruits. It is only at such trees that people throw stones. There is no fruit to be gotten from a barren tree. So no one throws a stone at it.

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