Generosity through example

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I came across the following story that really stood out as an example of conduct.  

 “You invite the rich and forsake the poor”

 Abdullah Bin Umar

Piety, simplicity and generosity combined in Abdullah to make him a person who was highly esteemed by the companions and those who came after them. He gave generously and did not mind parting with wealth even if he himself would fall in want as a result.
He was a successful and trustworthy trader throughout his life. In addition to this he had a generous stipend from the Bayt al-Mal which he would often spend on the poor and those in need. Ayyub ibn Wail ar-Rasi recounted one incident of his generosity..

One day Umar received four thousand dirhams and a velvet blanket.
The following day Ayyub saw him in the market buying fodder for his camel on credit. Ayyub then went to Abdullah’s family and asked: “Didn’t Abu Abdur-Rahman (meaning Abdullah ibn Umar) get four thousand dirhams and a blanket yesterday?” “Yes, indeed,” they replied.
“But I saw him today in the suq buying fodder for his camel and he had no money to pay for it.” “Before nightfall yesterday. he had parted with it all.
Then he took the blanket and threw it over his shoulder and went out. When he returned it was not with him. We asked him about it and he said that he had given it to a poor person,” they explained.

Abdullah ibn Umar encouraged the feeding and the helping of the poor and the needy. Often when he ate, there were orphans and poor people eating with him.
He rebuked his children for treating the rich and ignoring the poor. He once said to them: “You invite the rich and forsake the poor.”

Source: http://www.streetdawah.com/books/Companions%20of%20the%20Prophet.pdf

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One response to this post.

  1. Mash’Allah such a beautiful example sister. The companions were so self less mash’Allah. May Allah help us to become like them. ameen.

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