Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Fatima Az-Zahra, the daughter of Muhammad S.A.W.
"Ya Rasul Allah, I am so hungry and I am almost naked because this clothes I have is all worn up. Please give me something to eat and to cover myself."
Our Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. is a very generous man. He always gave away what ever he has to help the others in need. But it so happened that at that time, he has nothing at all with him to give to the poor man.
"I don't have anything that I can give you. Go to my daughter and see if she can help."
And so the Bedouin went to Fatima Az'Zahra's house and said,
"I have just met your father. He has nothing to give me. Oh you daughter of the Prophet, please help me!"
Fatimah was confused. Even she didn't have any food in the house or clothing that she could give to the poor Bedouin. Whilst searching around, she saw her son, Hassan, sitting nearby on a goatskin rug. She took the rug and gave it to the Bedouin.
"Oh daughter of Muhammad, I came to you because I am starving and in need of clothes to cover myself. What good is this rug to me?" the poor man looked so sad.
Fatimah became more confused. What else can she give the man? Suddenly she remembered that she was wearing a necklace. It was a wedding gift from her grand uncle, Hamzah bin Abdul Muthalib.
"Thank you, dear Fatimah. May Allah bless you." With this, the man left Fatimah with her necklace in his hand.
The necklace was valuable. It was expensive. It was a special gift. But Fatimah gave it away for the sake of Islam. Would we be willing to sacrifice our belongings to help others like what Fatimah did?
How do we (this means you and I) contribute and help our Muslim brothers and sisters out there who need our help? Do we care? Then what have we done for them?