Sahl ibn Sad as-Saidi (rtam) narrated that a man passed by the Messenger of Allah (sa), and he asked: “What do you say about this man?” They said: “We agree with your opinion concerning him. We say: He is one of the noblest of people. If he proposes marriage, his proposal deserves to be accepted; if he intercedes, his intercession deserves to be accepted; if he speaks, he deserves to be listened to.”
The Prophet (sa) remained silent, and another man passed by. The Prophet (sa) asked: “What do you think about this man?” The Sahabah said: “By Allah, O Messenger of Allah, this is one of the poor Muslims. If he proposes marriage, he does not deserve to get married; if he intercedes, his intercession does not deserve to be accepted; if he speaks, he does not deserve to be listened to.”
The Prophet (sa) wanted to make a point. He said: “This one is better than an earthful of (men like) the other man.” (Bukhari and Ibn Majah)
Ibn Masood (rtam)
With this example, the Prophet (sa) was redefining our idea of beauty and he did so on numerous occasions. For example, Ibn Masood (rtam) was so short that he was a dwarf. One day, when Ibn Masood (rtam) was going up into a tree, the Prophet (sa) grabbed him from the Arak tree – the wind actually blew him to the tree and the Sahabah laughed because his legs were exposed. So the Prophet (sa) asked: “Why are you laughing?” They said: “Ya Rasulullah! His legs are skinny; they are like two small twigs.” The Prophet (sa) said: “But you do not understand that these two legs on the Day of Judgement will be the weight and size of Uhud.” (Ahmad)
Can you imagine? On the Meezan (the scale of good deeds) – the scale of Allah (swt) that counts most – these two legs will be the size and weight of Uhud!
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