The Dead Lamb


Jabir b. Abdullah reported that Allah’s Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alyhi wasallam) happened to walk through the market coming from the side of ‘Aliya and the people were on both his sides. There he found a dead lamb with very short ears. He took hold of his ear and said:
“Who amongst you would like to have this for a dirham?”
 
They said: ‘We do not like to have it even for less than that as it is of no use to us.’  He  (sallAllahu ‘alyhi wasallam) said:
“Do you wish to have it (free of any cost)?”
They said: ‘By Allah, even if it were alive (we would not have liked to possess that), for there is detect in it as its ear is very short; now it is dead also.’  Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alyhi wasallam) said:
“By Allah, this world is more insignificant in the eye of Allah as it (this dead lamb) is in your eye.”
(Muslim :: Book 42 : Hadith 7059 )
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