ON THAT WHICH HAS BEEN NARRATED ON THE HUMBLENESS OF SAYYIDINA RASULULLAH
SALLALLAHU 'ALAYHI WASALLAM
Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam was more humble than the whole world. The sufis
say that in reality humbleness cannot be achieved without continous Tajalli
Shuhud (manifestation of divine illumination). There does not exist only
one or two examples of the humbleness of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu
'Alayhi Wasallam, but thousands. Therefore it is not possible to cover them
all here. The author has given a few examples here. Once on a journey a
few Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum intended slaughtering a goat. They distributed
the work amongst themselves. One took the responsibility of slaughtering
the animal, the other of removing the skin, one of cooking it. Sayyidina
Rasullullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam said: 'I am resposible for collecting
the wood needed for cooking'. The Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum said: 'O Messenger
of Allah, we will do all the work'. Sayyidina Rasullullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi
Wasallam said: 'I also understand that you will gladly do all the work,
but I do not like my being the most distinguished in this group, and Allah
Ta'aala also does not like it'. Similarly there exist thousands of incidents
of this nature. The author has mentioned thirteen ahaadith in this chapter.
'Umar Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: ''Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam
said: 'Do not exceed in praising me as the Christians over-praised 'Esa
'Alayhis Salaam. (That they made him the son of God.) I am a bondsman
of Allah, therefore, call me the bondsman of Allah and His Rasul''.
Do not praise me in such a manner which is contrary to the bondsmanship
of Allah where shirk (partnership) is created with Allah. A bondsman is
a bondsman. Do not praise in such a manner that does not befit, and is
contrary to the mission of a Rasul and Messenger of Allah.
Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports: A woman came to Rasulullah Sallallahu
'Alayhi Wasallam and said: I would like to speak to you in private'. Rasulullah
Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam replied: 'Sit on any street of Madinah and
I will come there and listen to you' ''.
In some narrations it is stated that this woman was a bit mentally retarded.
Despite this, Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam gave her
a hearing. Some 'ulama say the reason for saying 'Sit in any street',
is because he will not be alone with a strange woman. Some have written,
because she was a bit mentally retarded, it is apparent that she may be
walking around in the alleys, therefore Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu
'Alayhi Wasallam said, he would go into the street and listen to her.
According to this humble servant, it is possible that if he had called
her at the women's quarters of his house, the womenfolk would have been
inconvenienced, as is witnessed many a time. For this reason, Sayyidina
Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam listened to her request on the
Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports: "Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam
visited the sick, attended funerals, rode on donkeys, accepted the invitations
of slaves. On the day of the battle of Banu Qurayzah, he rode on a donkey,
the reigns of which were made of date palm leaves. On it was also a saddle
made of date palm leaves".
In Arabia, there is special type of donkey, which is bigger than the local
(Indian) mules. They run faster than the ordinary ponies. Two or three
people can easily ride them. They'are better than the ordinary local (Indian)
horses. It is possible that these' donkeys existed in the time of Sayyidina
Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam. It is regarded as an inferior
class of conveyance than that of horses. The object here is to show that
Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam despite
being of such a high status, and who possessed the leadership of both
worlds did not feel belittled by riding a donkey. In the same manner,
he visited the sick, be that person a respectable or an ordinary person.
He even visited the'sick non-Muslims. A Jewish lad used to attend the
assemblies of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam. At times
he assisted in some work too. When he became ill, Sayyidina Rasulullah
Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam went to visit him. It was his last moments.
Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam fulfilled his duties
of kindness towards him, and presented to him the Message Islaam. The
lad looked at his father, the father signalled his agreement. He accepted
Islaam. Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam thanked Allah,
as only Allah is worthy of hamd, who had saved this lad from the punishment
of hell through him. Not only this, Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi
Wasallam also went to visit the leader of the hyprocrites, 'Abdullah bin
Ubay, when he became ill, whereas, he had troubled and harassed Sayyidina
Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam many a time. In this manner we
find in the ahaadith that he attended the funerals of many ordinary people.
Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports: ''Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam
accepted and attended invitations where bread made of barley, and stale
fat a few days old was served (Without hesitation he accepted these invitations).
Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam had pawned his armour to a Jew.
Till the end of his life Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam did not
possess a sufficient amount to release that armour''.
When fat becomes stale it begins to smell. The serving of bread made of
barley and stale fat could be ascertained from the status of the person
or from experience, or even by the host himself saying this. Sayyidina
Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam never made an excuse in accepting
an invitation. The last sentence about the debt has been mentioned co-incidently
as it is part of the hadith. Some 'ulama state that this is also a sign
of humility. This was the reason of his poverty. Allah Ta'aala had given
him the option of two thngs, if he wanted to become a Rasul with humbleness
or become a Rasul with kindom. Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallhu 'Alayhi
Wasallam on his own accord chose the first one.
Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports : ''Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam
performed haj on an old pack saddle. On it was a piece of cloth, the value
of which was less than four Dirhams. (It may be possible that by 'on it'
Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallhu 'Alayhi Wasallam himself is meant here.
i.e. He covered himself with an ordinary sheet. The value of which did
not reach four Dirhams. This explanation is most accepted by the respected
teachers. The eleventh hadith in this chapter strengthens this). Rasulullah
Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam was reciting this du'aa: 'Allah make this
haj one that has no show or fame'''.
This was recited to educate the ummah, or shows the complete humbleness
and utmost devotion of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam.
Although there can be no question of show and fame in any act of Sayyidina
Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam, then too Sayyidina Rasulullah
Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam made this d'uaa and beseeched Allah to keep
this haj free from show and fame. The sheet that was on the mubaarak body
or on the pack saddle of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam
was of such an ordinary quality that its value was less than a rupee (about
twenty cents). This was the result of his complete humbleness, which was
his usual habit. Although due to some considerations Sayyidina Rasulullah
Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam at time's wore expensive clothing, but normally
did not do so.
Anas bin Maalik Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports: "No one was more beloved
to the Sahaabah than Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam. When they
saw him they did not stand up, knowing that he did not approve of it".
This was also the result of the complete humbleness of Sayyidina Rasulullah
Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam. Despite his high status and being the leader
of both worlds, Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam did not
approve this. For this reason the Sahaabah, although possessing a great
love for him, and knowing that he disapproved of it, did not stand up
for him as is the requirement from this hadith. Rarely, due to their intense
love, they stood up. A hadith has been mentioned in the Abu Daawud that
Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam was sitting with us in
the masjid and talking. When he stood up, we all stood up till he went
into the house. In this manner many ahaadith are narrated on this subject
in the books of hadith, to the extent that in some ahaadith it has been
strongly prohibited to stand up, and in some ahaadith it has been commanded
to stand up for a few visitors. The 'ulama differ in the permissibility
of standing or not standing. The majority of the researchers say there
is no contradiction, as there are many reasons for standing up, therefore
different commands are mentioned in the ahaadith. Abul Walid bin Rashid
says there are four ways and reasons for standing up. (a). Not permissible:
This is standing up for such a person who likes this due to pride, that
when he enters, people should stand up. (b). Makruh: To stand up for a
person who has no pride, but it is feared if one is treated in this manner,
pride will enter in that person. (c). Permissible: This is for that person
this fear does not exist. (d). Mustahab: To stand up for a person who
returns from a journey. To stand in happiness on one's return. Imam Nawawi
says: ''It is mustahab to stand for the Ahlul-Ilm, Ahlul-Fadl and Ahlul-Sharaf''.
Qaadi 'Iyaad says the prohibition is for that standing, where a great
person remains seated and the people continue standing in his presence.
In the ahaadith where standing has been prohibited it is stated that:
''One should not stand in the manner that the 'ajami people stand for
their leaders''. The research of Maulana Gangohi, which has been mentioned
in the Badh-lul-Majhud through my late father, is that standing in itself
is permissible, till such an obstacle does not appear which prohibits
it. For example, a person will fall into mischief if one stands up for
a certain person. Pride etc. will form in one, which will be detrimental
to that person's religious well-being. In the same manner, to stand up
hypocritically, where there does not exist in the heart any feeling or
respect, but for the sake of show and hypocsrisy one stands up. Both these
are not permissible, but, if one fears that by doing so, one will have
to bear financial and physical consequences, then in this case it will
be permissible to stand up to deter oppression.
Imaam Hasan bin 'Ali Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports that I asked my (maternal)
uncle Hind bin Abi Haalab, who usually described particulars and
conditions of Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam. I was longing to
hear something about it. On my asking, he described the mubaarak features
of Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam. He said: 'Rasulullah Sallallahu
'Alayhi Wasallam had great qualities and attributes in him, others
also held him in high esteem. His face glittered like the full moon'.
He then described the complete features of Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi
Wasallam (as has been mentioned in the first chapter under hadith number
seven). Imaam Hasan Radiyallahu 'Anhu says. 'I did not mention this hadith
(due to some reason) to Husayn (Radiyallahu 'Anhu) for some time. Then
I once narrated it to him whereupon I found that he had heard it before
me. He had asked him (our uncle) already what I had asked. I also found
that he had asked our father ('Ali Radiyallahu 'Anhu) about Rasulullah
Sallallahu 'Alayhi 'Wasallam entering and coming out of the house. He
did not leave out anything about the ways and manners of Rasulullah Sallallahu
'Alayhi Wasallam. Imaam Husayn Radiyallahu 'Anhu said: 'I asked my father
regarding the manner in which Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam entered
the house?' He replied: 'When Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam entered
the house he distributed his time into three portions; He spent a portion
for Allah. (In devotion, performing salaah etc.); A portion towards his
family (fulfilling their duties. i.e. laughing, speaking, enquiring about
their welfare etc.); and a portion for himself (resting etc.). He distributed
his personal portion in two, one for himself and one for the people, in
such a manner that the near one's among the Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum
came to visit him. Through these Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum he conveyed
messages to the people. He did not conceal anything from them. From the
portion of the unimah he adopted this method, that he gave preference
to the Ahlul-Fadl (i.e. people of 'ilm and 'amal). He distributed this
time according to their religious fadl. From among those who came, some
had one requirement, some had two requirements, and some had many requirements.
Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam fulfilled all their requirements.
He busied them in things that benefited them and the entire ummah. When
they questioned Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam on religious matters,
he replied to them in a manner that benefited them. He used to say: 'Those
that are present, should inform those that are not present regarding these
beneficial and necessary matters'. He also used to say: 'Those people
who for some reason (purdah, distance, shyness or awe) cannot put forward
their requirements, you should inform me about their requirements, because,
that person who informs a king of the need of another, who is unable to
put forward that need, Allah Ta'aala will keep that person stead fast
on the day of qiyaamah'. Only important and beneficial matters were discussed
in his gathering. He happily listened to these matters from the Sahaabah
Radiyallahu 'Anhum. Besides this there was no wasteful or non-beneficial
talks in his assemblies. The Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum came to the assemblies
of Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam for their religious needs, they
did not depart before tasting something (by tasting, may be meant the
acquiring of religious knowledge. It could mean 'Hissi' tasting too. Whatever
Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam possessed, he offered
it in humbleness. Whenever close friends gather, whatever is available
is presented to them). The Sahaabah Radiyallahu 'Anhum returned from his
assemblies as torch bearers of hidayah and goodness. (They spread. these
teachings amongst others). Imaam Husayn Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: 'I asked
(my father) regarding the coming out of Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi
Wasallam from the house'. He replied: 'Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam
controlled his tongue and only spoke that which was necessary. He did
not waste his time in useless conversations. He made those who came to
visit him feel at home he did not make them feel scared or ill at ease.
(i.e. When advising them, he did not scold them in a manner that they
become scared, or tell them such things that would keep them away from
the deen). He respected and honoured the respected ones of every nation.
He also chose a leader for them. He warned the people of Allah's punishrnent
(or he emphasised that the people be cautious*). He also protected
himself from troubling or harming people. Besides being cautious and commanding
others to be cautious, he never lacked in courtesy towards others. He
was concerned for the affairs of his friends, made himself aware about
the relationships between them and rectified their faults. He praised
good deeds and encouraged them. He explained the harmful effects of bad
things and removed and stopped these. He followed the middle path in all
matters. (He did not at times say this and at other times that). He did
not neglect the guiding of people, it is possible that they became unmindful
of their religious duties, or exceeded in a matter resulting in them becoming
disheartened. For everything there was a special arrangement .He did not
fall back in the truth, nor did he exceed the limits in this.
Those who attended his gatherings were the best of people. The best person
in the eyes of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam was the
one who wished everybody well. The one with the highest status in the
eyes of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam was that person
who considered, comforted and helped the creation the most'. Sayyidina
Imaam Husayn Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: 'I then enquired from him regarding
the assemblies of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu Wasallam'. He replied:
'He began and ended all his sitting with the dhikr of Allah. When he went
to a place, he sat where he found a place, and also instructed the people
to do so. They should not leap over peoples heads and go ahead. It is
a different matter, that where Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi
Wasallam sat, that place became the focal point of the gathering. Sayyidina
Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam fulfilled the rights of every person
present. That means, whatever right was due in talking and showing happiness,
was fulfilled by him, so much so, that every person present would think
that Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam is honouring me
the most. The person that came to sit by Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu
'Alayhi Wasallam or came to him for some purpose, Sayyidina Rasulullah
Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam would remain seated till that person began
to stand up. Whenever one asked him for something, he kindly fulfilled
that request, and did not refuse it, (if he did not possess the thing)
he would give a soft and humble answer. His cheerfulness and pleasant
manner were for everybody. He was like a father to them. The whole creation
was equal before him as far as rights were concerned. His gatherings were
the gatherings of knowledge, modesty, patience and honesty. (i.e. These
four things were attained there or are a description of his gatherings).
Voices were not raised therein, nor was anyone degraded or disgraced.
If anyone committed a fault, it was not made known publicly. All were
regarded as equals amongst themselves. (A person was not regarded according
to his lineage or genealogy). The virtues of one over the other was according
to the taqwa (piety) possessed. The small ones were loved. The needy were
given preference. Strangers and travellers were cared for'.
In brief, in every matter his noble manners reached their pinnacle and
even exceeded that, and why should it not be so when his divine mission
was to fulfil and complete noble manners? Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu
'Alayhi Wasallam has said: 'I have been sent so that I may fulfil and
complete the best of manners'. Even though being granted this, he always
made this du'aa: 'O Allah, You have created me excellently. In the same
manner make my character excellent'. Allah Ta'aala has mentioned the greatness
of his noble character in the Qur-aan, and has also emphasised it in many
ways. Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam said: 'Allah Ta'aala likes
those with gentle temperaments, and in reward for gentleness He grants
something which He does not grant for other things'. In another hadith
it has been stated: 'The person that is deprived of gentleness is deprived
of great blessings'. It is stated in a hadith: 'The best amongst
you is the one who has the best character'. In one hadith it has been
stated: 'The most beloved amongst you by me is the one who possesses noble
character'. A Sahaabi inquired from Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi
Wasallam 'What is the best thing granted to man? Sayyidina Rasulullah
Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam replied: 'Good character'. In one hadith it
has been stated: 'On the day of qiyyaamah the weightiest thing on the
scale of deeds will be good character'. It has been stated in a hadith:
'A good-mannered person can through his character, reach the status of
those pious people who stay awake at night, and fast during the day'.
Sayyidina Mu'aadh Radiyallahu 'Anhu says that when I was sent to Yaman
(Yeman), while mounting conveyance, when I put my leg in the stirrup,
Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam gave me this final advice: 'Treat
the people with courtesy'. Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam
has said the ones that possess the most complete imaan among the Mu'mins
are those whose characters are the best. In many other other ahaadith
too it has been stressed that one should have good character. The above
mentioned ahaadith are an example of these.
Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam
said: "Even if I am given a foot of a goat as a present, I will accept
it, and if I am invited to partake of it, I will surley accept that invitation".
It does not even come to mind that why should I accept such an ordinary
small article, or accept an invitation to partake of it. I think of it
as a blessing of Allah and accept it whole heartedly. The actual reason
for accepting an invitation is not the food but to encourage the host
and keep one happy.
Jaabir Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: "Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam
came to visit me (while I was ill). He did not come on the back of a mule,
or on a Turkish horse". (i.e. He did not come on defective or an
expensive conveyance, but came on foot).
The humbleness of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam is
intended here. He did not adopt the way of the kings and the rich in using
conveyance, but mostly walked. This incident is mentioned in the Bukhaari
Sharif with more detail, where Sayyidina Jaabir Radiyallahu 'Anhu says:
'Once I became ill. Rasulullah Sallallhu 'Alayhi Wasallam and Abubakar
(Radiyallahu 'Anhu) both came to visit me on foot. When they reached my
home they found me unconscious. Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam
performed wudu and sprinkled the water of the wudu on me, as a result
I became conscious and saw Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam sitting
before me. I asked him a question on inheritance, whereupon an aayah on
this was revealed'.
Yusuf bin 'Abdullah bin Salaam Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports: Rasulullah Sallallah
'Alayhi Wasallam chose for me the the name Yusuf. He put me in his lap
and passed his mibaarak hand on my head''.
In this we find the high character of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu
'Alayhi Wasallam and his love for little children. The height of humbleness
is that he did not avoid putting infants on his lap. In a hadith
it is stated that he (Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam)
also made dua of barakah for me. From this hadith it is evident that children
were taken to the pious elders and were asked to choose a name for them.
In other ahaadith it has also been related that the Sahaabah Radiyallahu
'Anhum took their new born infants to Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu
Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports: "Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam
performed haj on a saddled camel on which was a cloth, the value of which
we think was four Dirhams. Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam was
reciting this du'aa: 'O Allah, keep this haj free from show and fame".
This hadith has been mentioned in hadith number five in this chapter.
Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu reports that a tailor invited Rasulullah Sallallahu
'Alayhi Wasallam. Thareed was served, in which dubbaa (dodhi -gourd) was
added. As Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam loved dubbaa (dodhi-gourd)
he began eating it. Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu says: "After that no food
was prepared for me, wherein if gourd could be added, it was added".
Thareed is a type of food wherein bread is mixed with gravy. This has
already been mentioned in the eleventh hadith on the chapter of the curry
of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam. There instead of
thareed, bread and gravy is mentioned. It is possible that both things
were served, gravy and bread and thareed also. It is possible that thareed
figuratively, or the ingredients of thareed were mentioned separately,
as bread and gravy when mixed together become thareed.
'Amrah Radiyallahu 'Anha reports that someone asked 'Aayeshah Radiyallahu
'Anha. "What was the usual practice of Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi
Wasallam at home?" She replied: "He was a human from among other
humans. He himself removed the lice from his clothing, milked his goats,
and did all his work himself".
'He was a human from among other humans' means as the common people, he
mostly did his household chores himself. He did not have pride or feel
ashamed to do the household work or fulfil his needs. In a hadith it is
stated that the work that was done by the common people in their homes,
was also done by Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam. In
some ahaadith, examples of the chores are also given as in the hadith
under discussion. In the ahaadith it is also stated that he sewed his
clothing himself, he repaired his shoes, mended his clothing etc.
In the above hadith it is mentioned that he removed lice from his clothing.
The research of the 'ulama is that lice was not found in the body and
clothing of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu'Alayhi Wasallam. It is evident
that lice appears from the dirt of the body and multiplies with the perspiration.
The whole body of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam was
nur. There can be no questions of dirt, in the same manner his perspiration
was like rose, that is used as a scent . How can it be possible for lice
to live in the esssence of rose. Therefore here it will mean that he looked
for lice suspecting it from another person to have crept onto his clothing.
The 'ulama say that this was done to teach the ummah, that when others
see him doing this they will practise it more diligently.
*This word 'Wa yah-dharun naas' has been translated in many ways. According
to this humble servant this translation is the most appropriate. It is
suitable and corresponds with the other sentence too. The result is this
that Sayyidina Rasulullah sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam was cautious himself
and educated others too to be cautious. The example of which is that it
is, not permissible for one to have bad thoughts or doubts regarding another
person without any valid reason, but it is better for one to guard ones
self and be cautious without having bad thoughts or doubts regarding the
next person. Many ahaadith are mentioned wherein one has been advised
to be cautious and steadfast. An incident in the Abu Daawud that once
Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam intended sending some
articles to Makkah Mukaramah for distribution. He appointed a Sahaabi
by the name of Sayyidina Ibnul Faghwaa Radiyallahu 'Anhu to take these
articies, and said to him: 'Seek a companion to accompany you. While he
was looking for a companion a person by the name of 'Amr came to
him and said: 'I have heard that you are looking for a companion to accompany
you to Makkah. I will go with you'. Sayyidina Ibnul Faghwaa Radiyallahu
'Anhu came to Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam and
said to him that he had found a companion. Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu
'Alayhi Wasallam asked: 'Who is he? He described the person. Sayyidina
Rasulullah Sallahu 'Alayhi Wasallam said: 'When you near the settlement
of his tribe be cautious, because there is a saying: Be cautious of your
Bakri (name of tribe) brother''. Sayyidina Ibnul Fadhwaal Radiyallahu
'Anhu says we both set out on our journey. When we neared the settlement
of my companion's tribe, he began to say. "Let me go and meet this
people. You can wait for me" I Said: ''Surley there is no harm''
After he left I remembered what Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi
Wasallam has said to me. I quickly readied my camel and moved off. After
a little while I saw him coming with a few people but because of my cautiouness
I quickly went away. In this incident there are many types of cautiousness.
Besides this, in many ahaadith Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi
Wasallam informed the 'ummah to be careful and cautious. Therefore this
translation is most suitable.
taken (with Thanks) from Darul-uloom Bury