There was once a very pious man. His name was Hatim Al-Asam. One day, he gathered all his children and told them that he would be going for Hajj that year. The children got a bit worried. They were not very well-off, and they did not know how they would manage without their father.
“Who will you leave us with?” they asked.
Before Hatim could answer, his youngest daughter spoke up and wisely said:
“My brothers! Our father is leaving us in Allah’s (swt) protection. It is Allah (swt), who provides for us, not our father, anyway. I trust Allah (swt) and know that He (swt) will not leave us alone.”
The children were satisfied. After a few days, their father left. Soon, their provisions finished, and finally one night came, when there was nothing to eat. The children went to bed with empty stomachs.
The next day, the ruler of that area was passing by. He felt thirsty on the way and asked his companions for water. As Hatim’s house was nearby, the companions knocked on his door and requested for water. The children gave them plenty of water to drink. The ruler drank and then inquired whose house it was. He was told it was Hatim Al-Asam’s house. He took out a bag full of Dinars (money) and threw it inside the house. He then announced: “Whoever loves me should also throw Dirhams and Dinars inside this house.” So his companions did the same, and soon the house was full of money.
The children were very happy. Now, they had money to buy food. However, the youngest daughter started to cry. When she was asked why she was crying, she replied: “One creation of Allah (swt) was kind to us, and we became wealthy in a matter of seconds. If Allah (swt) becomes kind to us, imagine the riches we would possess.”