The Blessed Bread

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(Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani [rahimahullah] #3)

On one occasion, the wife of Abu Muslim Al-Khawlaani (rahimahullah) said to him, “O Abu Muslim! We do not have any flour!” Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) asked her, “Do you have any money?” She replied, “I have one dirham which we earned through selling yarn.” Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) instructed, “Hand me the dirham and give me a sack.”

Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) thereafter proceeded to the market and stood before a man who was selling food. However, at that moment, a beggar also arrived and stood before Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) imploring, “O Abu Muslim! Give me some charity!” As Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) only had one dirham and there was no food at home, he turned and fled from the beggar, arriving at another food stall. The beggar, however, followed him and continued to call out to him. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) thus fled for a third time and went to a third stall, but the beggar persistently followed him and continued to implore him for charity.

Finally, viewing the beggar’s persistence, he relented and gave him the dirham. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah), not wanting to take the sack home empty, filled it with sawdust and sand and proceeded home. When he reached the door of his home, he was afraid to enter as he did not have any food to give his wife. Not knowing what else to do, he knocked on the door and when his wife opened it, he gave her the bag, turned and left.

His wife, not knowing what had transpired, took the bag and opened it, finding it full of white flour! She thus formed the dough and baked the bread. After a short portion of the night had passed, Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) arrived at home and knocked on the door. When he entered, she spread the tablecloth and placed loaves of bread before him. Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) was surprised and asked, “Where did you get this bread?” She replied, “O Abu Muslim, from the flour that you brought.” When Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) heard this, he began to eat the bread as he wept in gratitude to Allah Ta‘ala. (Sifatus Safwah vol. 2 pg. 371)

Lessons:

1. Sadaqah (charity) will never decrease a person’s wealth. Rather, it brings barakah (blessings).

2. Every person’s sustenance has been written and preordained. Hence, because it was decreed that Abu Muslim (rahimahullah) would receive the bread, even though he gave the dirham away, he still enjoyed the bread. Similarly, our sustenance, down to the last cent and morsel, has been decreed and cannot change. Hence, we cannot control the amount of wealth that we earn and enjoy. However, we can choose to earn it and spend it in a halaal manner. By doing this, we will receive the exact same wealth – but with the blessings and happiness of Allah Ta‘ala.

3. The pious friends of Allah Ta‘ala have such a bond and relationship with Allah Ta‘ala that He always cares for them and makes divine arrangements for them.

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