Thursday, 6 September 2012
Jubayr's (r.a.) Camel
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
The following hadits is narrated by Imam Muslim (r.a.). Jubayr (r.a.), a companion of the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.), explains this most beautiful story about himself. He said, “One day, I was on the outskirts of Madina enjoying the company of women. I was just sitting there, chatting with them, and I had no real business to be there but I loved their company.
When the Prophet (s.a.w.) passed by, he asked me ‘What are you doing with those women?’
I was so embarrassed I had to make up a lie. I told him ‘O Messenger of Allah, these women are making a rope for me for a camel that just keeps running away from me.’ I knew I was lying and the Prophet (s.a.w.) knew I was lying, and it was a pathetic lie. But the Prophet (s.a.w.) said nothing. He smiled and kept walking by.
The next day, I was in Madina and I heard the Prophet (s.a.w.) behind me. I started walking quickly as I wanted to avoid him. The Prophet (s.a.w.) walked really fast and he caught up with me. He came next to me and he asked, ‘How is your camel doing?’ I was too embarrassed and I looked down.
The next day the Prophet (s.a.w.) was ahead of me. I started walking really slow to avoid him. The Prophet (s.a.w.) stopped and looked back and he waited for me. As soon as I came to him, he asked me, ‘How is your camel doing?’ I was too embarrassed.
The third day I was praying inside the masjid. And I heard the Prophet (s.a.w.) walk in. I decided to make it the longest prayer ever, because I did not want to face him. He came and sat down next to me. He said ‘Don’t make it too long. I am waiting for you.’ I was finally done with the prayer, and the Prophet (s.a.w.) looked at me and smiled, and he said ‘How is your camel doing?’
I replied ‘O Prophet of Allah, I have such a good grip on it now that it’s not running away any more.’”