Hadith on Self-Sufficiency: The companions pledged to the Prophet that they would not ask people for anything

October 31, 2012

Awf ibn Malik reported: We were with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, while there were seven, or eight, or nine of us and he said, “Will you not give your pledge of allegiance to the Messenger of Allah?” We had recently given our pledge, so we said, “We have given you our pledge of allegiance,” but he said it again three times, so we offered our hands and pledged allegiance to him again. Someone said, “O Messenger of Allah, we have already given you our pledge, so what are we pledging to now?” The Prophet said, “That you worship Allah and do not associate any partners with Him, that you pray for five prayers, that you listen and obey,” and then he said something very softly, “And that you do not ask people for anything.” Indeed, some of those people obeyed this to the extent that if his whip were to fall from his mount, he would not ask anyone to hand it to him.

Source: Sahih Muslim 1043

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

عَوْفُ بْنُ مَالِكٍ قَالَ كُنَّا عِنْدَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ سَبْعَةً أَوْ ثَمَانِيَةً أَوْ تِسْعَةً فَقَالَ أَلَا تُبَايِعُونَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَكُنَّا حَدِيثَ عَهْدٍ بِبَيْعَةٍ قُلْنَا قَدْ بَايَعْنَاكَ حَتَّى قَالَهَا ثَلَاثًا فَبَسَطْنَا أَيْدِيَنَا فَبَايَعْنَاهُ فَقَالَ قَائِلٌ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ إِنَّا قَدْ بَايَعْنَاكَ فَعَلَامَ نُبَايِعُكَ قَالَ أَنْ تَعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَلَا تُشْرِكُوا بِهِ شَيْئًا وَتُصَلُّوا الصَّلَوَاتِ الْخَمْسَ وَتَسْمَعُوا وَتُطِيعُوا وَأَسَرَّ كَلِمَةً خَفِيَّةً قَالَ وَلَا تَسْأَلُوا النَّاسَ شَيْئًا قَالَ فَلَقَدْ كَانَ بَعْضُ أُولَئِكَ النَّفَرِ يَسْقُطُ سَوْطُهُ فَمَا يَسْأَلُ أَحَدًا أَنْ يُنَاوِلَهُ إِيَّاهُ

1043 صحيح مسلم كِتَاب الزَّكَاةِ لأن يحتزم أحدكم حزمة من حطب فيحملها على ظهره فيبيعها خير له من أن يسأل رجلا يعطيه أو يمنعه

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