Islamic Date06 Shawwal
English Date28 May
The Fastest Camel
Narrated Anas (radi Allahu anhu): The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) had a she camel called Al Adba which could not be excelled in a race. (Humaid, a sub-narrator said, “Or could hardly be excelled.”) Once a bedouin came riding a camel below six years of age which surpassed it (i.e. Al-Adba) in the race. The Muslims felt it so much that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) noticed their distress. He then said, “It is Allah's Law that He brings down whatever rises high in the world.” [The Book of Jihad: Sahih Bukhari]
One of the lessons we get from this hadith is the extreme love that the Sahabah of Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) had for him. When you love somebody very much you want everything belonging to them to be of the best kind. Seeing that the Prophet’s camel was no longer the fastest, the Muslims were upset.
The second lesson we get from this hadith is what Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said to his Sahabah at this time. We should not get into competition for worldly things. In this world what goes up, must come down. But as far as the Hereafter is concerned if you make it to Jannat ul Firdous, the highest level in Jannah, you will stay there forever. Jannah is where we should strive to reach the highest station and have the best, for there it is everlasting.