The story of a beggar

Story by Anonymous

Once there was a beggar and not a beggar who begged people. He only begged his Lord Most High, Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. He would beg every morning and every evening to Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala for everything he needed. He would ask Allah for food, water, good health and everything. His name is Sa’d Ibn Saleh; A man who lost one of his arm trying to save someone’s life.

Sa’d was a strong man who used to cut the wood from the trees for a living. He was known as “Sa’d the Hammer”. He was very proud of himself which lead to his downfall. He always felt others were weak and clumsy. He was rude and arrogant.

One day, his wife was carrying the wood that he cut to sell it in the market. When she came back to carry more, she stood there by the tree waiting for him. While Sa’d was chopping the wood, he saw a child who was about to fall off from the tree. Sa’d immediately went to help the child and lost his balance. While he was holding on to the tree’s trunk he felt something went wrong with his arm. Sa’d got hold of the child and made his wife take care of him. After this incident, Sa’d lost his one arm. His arm wouldn’t move. The doctors couldn’t cure him. He felt weak and became depressed. He left everything and began living in a forest.

In the forest, he met one pious man who taught him about Tawhid, manners in Islam and how he could be close to God. Sa’d learned so much from this wise young man. He thanked Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala for everything. He became more patient asking for Allah’s help and guidance.

When he went back to his village, everyone started to mock him. He knew for the first time how much people hated him. His wife left him and married someone else. Sa’d could not take it anymore. He felt his whole world became upside down. He cried and cried. Then he remembered the pious man who taught him to put his complete trust in Allah and to rely on Him. In his deep misery, Sa’d got up and left the village.

He went to the forest to find that young pious man but he was nowhere to be found. Sa’d then started to recite few verses of the Qur’an and felt relieved. He began talking to Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. He felt even more peaceful. He made wudhu from the pond nearby and started praying. After he was done with his prayer, he felt hungry. He made du’a to Allah Subhana Wa ta’ala for food and to his surprise a deer was passing by. Sa’d caught the deer with his other arm and cooked it. Since that day, for Sa’d relied only on Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala.

He said:

“O Allah! In front of You
I am a beggar
I am your humble slave
I beg Your pardon
I seek Your love
I long to meet You O Allah
Ya Wadud Al Qayyum
I have no one in my life
Everyone left me
But I have You
I need You Ya Rabb
You are all I have
And You are enough for me

Alhamdulillah Ya Rabb Al Alameen

Sa’d became very patient and lived a great life preaching others about Islam. He went to another village and people gave him a great respect. He became the Scholar of Truth and wisdom. He married a righteous woman and had three children. Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala blessed him with guidance. Sa’d became very humble and would cry every night in Tahajjud to Allah seeking His forgiveness.

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