Motivational / Non-Fiction / Story with a Hadith quote / Under 300 words

Laughter

arabian bazaar menZahir, a poor, disabled and older bedouin, was once selling his goods in the market.

The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam*, wanting to surprise him, came from behind and put his arms around him.

Zahir (RA*) began squirming around trying to figure out who had him in a lock.

As soon as he saw that it was the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, he stood still and hugged him.

HugsThen the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam jokingly called to those who passed by, ‘Who wants to buy this man?’

Laughing and still in the Prophet’s grip, Zahir (RA) responded, ‘I have nothing to offer, no one would ever want to buy me’ [due to his age and disability].

The Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam told him, ‘But to Allah, you are priceless and invaluable.’

[Hadith narrated by Ahmad]


Again and again, we see the true leadership of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam*.

comfortWe saw how he personally invested his time in the emancipation of Salman (RA*), he publicly showed his love for Ammar (RA*) when he arrived in Madinah, and now how he spent time with, joked and comforted his friends who he knew were more valuable than they believed themselves to be.

When the rich men of Makkah refused to sit with the poor companions, Allah (swt*) taught the Prophet that the poverty or wealth of people is essentially irrelevant.

Leadership isn’t just wearing a microphone or having a name microphoneon a poster, it is welcoming everyone and establish the equilibrium in society.

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[As shared by Qalam Institute on their FB page: http://www.facebook.com/qalaminstitute ]

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*Brief meanings:

 

Allah : The one and only God
sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam : peace and blessings of Allah be upon him
RA = RadiAllahu anhu : May Allah  be pleased with him
swt = Subhana wa ta’aala : ‘Glorious is He and He is exalted’
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