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Hadrat Sayyiduna Mubaarak bin Sa’eed – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates:
One day, a person brought some money to Hadrat Sayyiduna Sufyan – may Allah be pleased with him. The amount that he brought was seven thousand Dinaars. They were in two separate bags. The father of this person was also a great friend of Hadrat Sayyiduna Sufyan – may Allah be pleased with him. As a matter of fact, they were such good friends that Hadrat Sayyiduna Sufyan – may Allah be pleased with him – used to sometimes rest in his house and this person also used to frequently visit Hadrat Sayyiduna Sufyan – may Allah be pleased with him.
When the person approached him, he asked, “O Abu Abdullah! Do you possess any respect for my father?”
Hadrat Sayyiduna Sufyan – may Allah be pleased with him – began to praise the father of this person and also said, “May Allah Almighty also shower His Mercy on your father. He is a very good person and also has many good habits.”
This person then said, “O Abu Abdullah! You are fully aware of how this money comes to me every year and therefore, I wish that you please accept these Dinaars from my side and please spend it on your family.”
He then accepted these Dinaars and when the person was leaving, he called me and said that I should call this person back.
I went and called this person. When he approached Hadrat Sayyiduna Sufyan – may Allah be pleased with him, he told him, “O my nephew! I have accepted this money of yours and now it is my wish that you accept this money from my side.”
However, this person refused to do so and said, “O Abu Abdullah! Do you have any doubt about where this money came from?”
He replied that he did not have any doubt but wished that this money be taken back. He continued to insist on this until the young man finally accepted the money.
When he left, I then informed him that he should have taken these monies because it would have been of great help to me. However, he said to me that if I needed the money, he would gladly go and retrieve it and he would not even object to it. But personally, he would not take these monies. When I asked him the reason for this, he replied, “If I accept these monies, I would be questioned on the Day of Judgement and not you.”
In other words, these people had such fear and concern for the Day of the Judgement and the Hereafter, that even when they were legally entitled to take anything, they displayed immense concern and worry. They always thought about the Hereafter before undertaking any action.