(1) Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“A person was in a jungle when all of a sudden he heard a voice in a cloud saying: “Go and water the orchard of so and so person.” On hearing that voice, the cloud moved and poured heavily on a stony place. All the water collected in a drain and began to flow. This person began following the water and saw that a man was standing in his orchard sprinkling water with a spade. This person asked the gardener: “O Servant of Allah! What in your name?” He gave the same name which this person had heard in the cloud. Thereafter, the gardener asked this person: “O Servant of Allah! Why are you asking me my name?” He replied: “I heard a voice in that cloud whose water this is, taking your name and asking the cloud to pour water onto your orchard. What do you do that is so acceptable?” He replied: “Now that you have asked, I will have to inform you. I look at its total produce and from there I give one third to charity. Another third I keep for myself and my family, and the last third I re-invest into this orchard.” [Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurayrah]
Lesson: Glory be to Allah! How merciful He is that the person who obeys Him has all his work done through unseen ways without him even knowing about it. Without doubt, the person who becomes Allah’s, Allah
(2) Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrrated that the Prophet (ﷺ) related that:
“There were three men from Banu Isra’eel. One of them was a leper, the other bald and the third a blind person. Allah wanted to test them, so He sent an angel to them. The angel first went to the leper and asked him: “What would you like best?” He replied: “I would like a nice complexion, beautiful skin and for this sickness to go away from me whereby people do not allow me to sit with them and which they hate.” The angel passed his hand over the body of that person. He was immediately cured and a nice skin and beautiful complexion appeared. The angel then asked him: “What types of wealth do you like the most?” He replied: “Camels.” So he gave him a pregnant camel and told him: “May Allah give you barakah (blessings) in this.”
The angel then went to the bald person and asked him: “What would you like best?” He replied: “That my hair grows nicely and that this sickness which people dislike, goes away from me!” The angel passed his hand over his head and he was immediately cured and beautiful hair began to grow. He then asked him: “What types of wealth do you like the most?” He replied: “Cows.” So he gave him a pregnant cow and told him: “May Allah give you blessings in this.” Eventually, the angel went to the blind person and asked him: “What would you like most?” He replied: “That Allah gives me back my sight so that I may be able to see everyone.” The angel passed his hand over the blind person’s eyes and Allah gave him back his sight. The angel then asked him: “What type of wealth do you like the most?” He replied: “Goats.” So he was given a pregnant goat. The animals of all three delivered their offspring. In a short space of time, the jungle was filled with his camels, his cows and his goats.
Thereafter, by the command of Allah, the angel went to the leper in his previous form and said to him: “I am a poor person. All my provisions for my journey are finished. Today I have no means of reaching home except through Allah and then through your help. In the name of Allah who has blessed you with a nice skin and a beautiful complexion, I ask you for a camel which I could ride and reach my
home.” He replied: “Get away from here! I have a lot of other commitments to fulfil. I do not have anything spare which I could give you.” The angel said: “I think I recognize you. Were you not a leper, for which people despised you? Were you not very poor and then Allah blessed you with so much wealth?” He replied: “What are you talking about? I inherited this wealth from my ancestors.”
The angel said: “If you are lying, may Allah return you as you were before.”
The angel then went to the bald person in his previous form and asked him the same questions and he also replied in a similar way. So the angel said to him: “If you are lying, may Allah return you as you were before.”
Eventually, he went to the blind person in his original form and said to him: “I am a traveller and all my provisions are finished. Today, I have no means except Allah and then you. In the name of that Being who returned to you your eyesight, I ask you for a goat with which I could do my work and complete my journey.” He replied: “Without doubt, I was blind. It was only out of His mercy that Allah gave me back my eyesight. Take as much as you want and leave behind as much as you want. By Allah, I will not stop you from taking anything.” The angel replied: “Keep your wealth with you, I do not want anything. I had only come to test you three. Now the test is over. Allah is pleased with you and displeased with the other two.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Lesson: Just imagine that because of the ungratefulness of those two, all their bounties were taken away and they were returned to the state they were in previously. Allah became displeased with them and they were doomed both in this world and in the life hereafter. Due to his gratefulness, the third person’s bounties remained intact. Allah was pleased with him and he had contentment both in this world and the hereafter.