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Muhammad (s.a.w)

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Hadhrat Anas radiyallaahu 'anhu relates, "Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam did not store anything for the next day."
Nabi sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam fed people with whatever he possessed until all his possessions were exhausted. He did not keep back anything in anticipation that he would need it the next day.

'Umar radiyallaahu 'anhu relates, "Once a destitute person approached Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam to fulfil his need. Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam replied, "I do not possess anything at present. Go and purchase something on my behalf and when I receive goods I will repay the debt." 'Umar radiyallaahu 'anhu remarked, "You have already given away whatever you possessed. Allah Ta'ala has not imposed upon you that which is beyond your means." Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam became annoyed with 'Umar's statement. Thereupon a person from the Ansaar said, "O Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam, spend whatever you wish, and do not fear any abatement from the Lord of the Throne." Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam smiled and happiness could be seen on his face because of the Ansari's statement. Thereafter he said, "I have been commanded to do this."

Bilal [radiyallaahu 'anhu]was once asked, "How did Rasulullaah spend in charity?" He replied, "Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam did not hold back anything, till the end I was responsible for the distribution of his alms. It was his noble habit that when a person accepted Islam and he was unclothed, Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam would command me to clothe him. I would obtain a loan to purchase clothing and food for that person.
Once a polytheist came to me and said, "I have a lot of wealth, loan whatever you need from me." I began taking loans from him. Once after performing Wudhu and preparing to call out the Adhaan, I saw that polytheist approaching with a few merchants. Upon seeing me he said, "O Habshi." I replied, "Here I am, at your service." He became abusive and cynically asked, "How many days are left for the end of the month?" I replied, "The month has nearly come to an end." He responded, "Four days remain. If you do not repay your loans by then, I will enslave you in lieu of the debt. You will graze sheep as you had done before." Bilal continued, "What would become of a person as a result of such threats. I was overtaken by his statement." That evening, after Isha, I came to Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam and narrated the entire incident to him. Thereafter I said, "There is no way of paying this debt in such a short time, neither of us have any possessions. I will go into hiding. Once the debt is repaid I will come out, otherwise that polytheist will disgrace me."

Before Fajr a person came running to me and informed me that Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam has called for me. On entering, Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam said, "Allah Ta'ala has made a means for the repayment of your debt. These four camels, laden with gifts, have been sent by the ruler of Fadak.
I repaid the debt in full that morning and informed Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam that Allah Ta'ala has freed him from debts. Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam inquired, "Is there anything left over from the gifts." I replied, "Yes, a little." Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam responded, "Distribute it so that I may be at ease." That evening there remained a little yet to be distributed. After Isha, Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam once again inquired about the distribution to which I replied, "Still a little remains as the needy has not yet arrived." Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam spent the night in the Masjid without going home. The following day, after Isha, Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam once again inquired, whereupon I replied, "Allah Ta'ala has freed you of its responsibility all the goods has been distributed. Thereupon Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam thanked Allah Ta'ala and went home.
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