ABU DAHDAA ( رضي الله عنه )
Abu Dahdaa ( رضي الله عنه – may Allah be pleased with him) was sitting in the company of Rasoolullah ﷺ and an orphan came complaining about his neighbour, Abu Lubabah, who wouldn’t give nor sell a palm tree that is a cause of problem for him in building a wall around his garden. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ called the man requested to from him sell that one single palm tree to this boy and he refused and got upset. Later Prophet Muhammad ﷺ offered him a tree in jannah in return of that tree and as he was so upset, he refused and left. Abu Dahdah, upon watching what had transpired, asked the messenger of Allah ﷺ if that bargain is still valid if he buys that tree? And the Prophet ﷺ said yes! Hearing that, Abu Dahdah got up and rushed after Abu Lubabah. He offered his meadow to him in return of that tree. The man asked, are you kidding? It was an offer no one could refuse because who in Madinah didn’t know of that heaven like garden with approx. 500 palm trees and a well surrounding a house. In the entire Madinah it was an establishment that everyone know. No one would be willing to give it out at any price. Hence Abu Lubabah gave that one palm tree to him, which Abu Dahdah gifted the boy and went towards his house in those meadows. He called his wife Umm Dahdah from the outside asking her to come out of the house as he has sold it to Allah and His messenger ﷺ – upon which she replied, without any question or resistance: “Allahu Akbar, what a successful bargain!” She then gathered her kids, checked their pockets for any dates from the garden, took them out and threw them in that garden, stating that they are for Allah now. They are not their property anymore. And hence the whole family left a house with a well amidst a garden of 500 palm trees behind so they could own a tree in jannah.
I keep wondering why we keep holding onto things, materials, wealth, even though they’re not serving us, but can benefit others in many ways.
What did you learn from this!
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