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Poverty of the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum)

Question

Please cite the narration where Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and a few companions went to visit a sick companion. Many of them did not have shoes, socks or even hats?

Answer

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu’anhuma) reports: ‘We were once seated with Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) when an Ansari came, said salam on Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) and proceeded. Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) enquired: ‘O brother of the Ansar! How is your brother Sa’d ibn ‘Ubadah?’

He replied: ‘He is fine.’

Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) asked: ‘Who among you will visit him?’ He then stood up. We all stood with him. We were more than ten, we didn’t have sandals, leather socks, hats or even shirts. We walked in those salty marshes [in this condition] until we reached him. His family made way and Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) and his companions came near to him.’

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2135)

 

Note: This narration illustrates that not wearing a hat was abnormal and involuntary [as a result of their poverty], just like walking with no shirts or footwear.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar