A Wonderful Hadith About Gratitude

Abu Hurairah relates that he heard the Holy Prophet narrate the following: Allah having determined to try a leper, a bald one and a blind one from among the Bani Israel sent an angel to them.

The angel came to the leper and asked him: What is it that you would like the best? He said: A good complexion and a clear skin and removal of my affliction on account of which people shun me. The angel passed his hands over him and his affliction left him and he acquired a good complexion. Then the angel asked him: What property would you like best? The man said: Camels. He was given a she-camel ten months pregnant; and the angel said: May Allah bless it for you. Then the angel came to the bald one and asked him: What is it that you would like the best? He said: Lovely hair and removal of the affliction on account of which people avoid me. The angel passed his hands over him and his affliction was removed and he acquired lovely hair. Then the angel asked him: What property would you like the best? The man said: Cattle. He was given a cow which was carrying a calf‘ and the angel said: May Allah bless it for you. Then the angel came to the blind one and asked him: What is it that you would like the best? He said: That Allah may restore my Sight that I may see people. The angel passed his hands over his eyes and Allah restored his sight. Then the angel asked him: What property would you like best? The man said: Goats. He was given a she-goat which was carrying a kid and the angel said: May Allah bless it for you.

The animals multiplied greatly, so that one had a valley full of camels, the other a valley full of cattle and the third a valley full of goats.

Thereafter the angel came in his old guise to the leper and said: I am a poor man bereft of all resources in the course of my journey, and I have no means left for the completion of my journey save Allah. I beg you in the name of Allah Who has given you a good complexion and a clear skin and great wealth to furnish me with a camel that might help me to reach the end of my journey. The man said; 1 have many obligations. The angel said: I seem to recognize you. Were you not a leper, shunned by people and indigent, enriched by Allah? The man said: My wealth is inherited through generations. The angel said: If you are lying, may Allah restore you to the condition in which you were. Then he came to the bald one in his old guise and said to him the same as he had said to the leper and received a reply similar to the one he had received from the leper. To this one also he said: If you are lying, may Allah restore you to the condition in which you were.

Then the angel came to the blind one in his old guise and said to him: I am a poor man on a journey. My resources have all given out and I cannot reach the end of my journey save with the help of Allah. I beg you in the name of Him Who has restored your sight to you to give me a goat that might prove of help to me in reaching the end of my journey. The man said: Indeed I was blind and Allah restored my sight to me. Then take what you will and leave what you will, I shall not constrain you in any way in respect of whatever you may wish to take in the name of Allah, the Lord of honor and glory.

The angel said: Keep all you have. All three of you were being tried. Allah is, indeed, pleased with you and is wroth with your companions (Bokhari and Muslim).

Reference

This is Hadith number 65 in the collection, Gardens of the Righteous: Gardens of the Righteous

Additional suggested reading:

A Heart Full of Joy: 50 Beautiful Quotes on Gratitude

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