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Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah – may Allah be pleased with him – mentions that once, he felt such immense hunger that he came close to falling unconscious. In this condition, he also tied stones on his stomach.

 

He narrates:

 

One day, I sat on the side of the pathway so that someone would notice me. Suddenly, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr – may Allah be pleased with him – passed me and I inquired about a certain Qur’anic verse. My only intention of asking a question was so that he would take me with him (and give me so food). However, he did not answer my question.

 

A few moments, Hadrat Sayyiduna ‘Umar – may Allah be pleased with him – passed by and I also asked him a question about a certain Qur’anic verse. My intention was the same but he also did not answer my question.

 

A few moments later, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – walked by and looking at my complexion, he understood in what state I was in. He then said to me, “O Abu Hurayrah”.

 

I replied, “Labbaik Ya Rasoolallah.”

 

He asked me to join me and before entering his blessed room I sought his permission. It was found that a gift had been sent by a certain household (which was a bowl of milk).

 

He then turned to me and said, “O Abu Hurayrah”.

 

I replied, “Labbaik Ya Rasoollah.”

 

He then said to me that I should call the people of Suffah. The people of Suffah were the special guests of the Muslims. They had no family or any possession. Whenever a gift came to Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – he kept a little for his family and gave the rest to the people of Suffah. If any Sadqah was sent to him, he never kept any part of this and handed all of it to the people of Suffah. (Bear in mind that it is Haraam for a Sayed to accept Sadqah).

 

The blessed companion said:

 

When I heard the command of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – I was extremely saddened because I thought that I would at least manage to acquire a little of this milk to drink on my own. In this way, I would be able to have some strength for the next day and night and I also understood that I was the person who was calling these people and therefore, I will be the one feeding them while I was going to be the last person to drink. If that was the case, no milk will remain for me.

 

However, there was no way that one could disobey the Command of Allah Almighty and His beloved Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. I then went and called these people. They first sought permission and then entered the blessed room. Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – then asked me to feed each person. I then took the bowl of milk and started to feed each one of them.

Each person drank as much as he could and when he was completely full, he returned the bowl to me. Finally, after all of them had drunk their fill, Sayyiduna Rasoolullah – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – looked at me and smiled and then said, “O Abu Hurayrah.”

 

I replied, “Labbaik Ya Rasoolallah.”

 

He then asked me to sit and drink. I drank so much that finally I admitted to Sayyiduna Rasoolullah, “O Prophet of Allah, I swear by that Divine Being Who has sent you with the truth, I have no more place for the milk”.

 

He then asked me to hand him the bowl and he also drank. (Imam Ahmed, Sahih Bukhari Shareef, Tirmidhi Shareef, Hayaat As Sahaabah)

 

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