The best of company..


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In a hadīth from sahīh Muslim…

Sa’d ibn abi Waqqās was with the messenger of Allah and six other companions when Mushrikeen of Quraish came and asked to hear Qur’ān recited from the mouth of our Nabī (S). After making their request, the mushrikeen noticed that around our Nabī was a throng of companions—all from the poor an weak of society. So in pride and arrogance, the mushrikeen complained to our Nabī:

“أطرد عنك هؤلاء، لا يجترئون علينا”

They said, “Push these men away from here. They are below us (in wealth and prestige).” And from seven heavens above, Allah revealed this ayah to our Nabī, reminding him:

واصبر نفسك مع الذين يدعون ربهم بالغدوٰة والعشى يريدون وجهه ولا تعد عيناك عنهم تريدون زينة الحياة الدنيا | الكهف: ٢٨
  “And be patient (O Muhammad) with those who call their Lord in the evening and night, seeking (the pleasure of) His face; and do not turn your face away from them”—these poor companions of yours—“pursuing the glitters of this temporary world.”

A reminder to our beloved Prophet, that sometimes, the best of company are those lowest in society, who are humbled by their poverty and hardships.

Just beautiful. :)