16 July 2013

Modesty and Courtesy Towards the Believers

Anas bin Malik reported: Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم had a she-camel called Al-Adba’ which would not allow any other camel to surpass her. A Bedouin came riding his camel which outstripped her. The Muslims were much grieved at this. Messenger of Allah  صلى الله عليه وسلم perceived it and said, “It is Allah’s Way that He lowers whatever raises itself in the world.” [Al-Bukhari]
Commentary: This Hadith underlines a principle of Allah that He never keeps anything in the world on the rise eternally. Every rising star has its eventual decline. Individuals and nations apart, this law of nature also applies to animal life. In it embedded Divine wisdom. First, annihilation and fall is the fate of everything. Second, lest power and growth shall go to man’s head, he is warned by being reduced to smallness that there exists a Supreme One Who holds sway over all creatures and can render the powerful weak and helpless.   

[Source: Riyad-Us-Saliheen by Imam An-Nawawi]