Illustrated by lajna Hounslow East Jama’at
Inspired by Ismail Magazine Jan-Mar 2013 p 19
There was once an innocent little girl who liked to
play games just like any other child of that age.
Although her owners were very kind towards her,
after converting to a new religion (Islam), she was
still a slave to them.
One day she was given 2
Dirhams by the family to
fetch something from the
Whilst in the
explored all the
her task. A little
while after, the
slave girl realised
she had lost the 2
Dirhams and began
On the other side of the city, a
humble companion of the Holy
Prophet (pbuh) presented
Huzoor 10 Dirhams as a gift.
Although this was a small
amount, God knew the love
and sincere intentions behind
It just so happened that
Huzoor(pbuh) went to the
same bazaar where he
bought himself a shirt for 4
Soon after buying the shirt,
an Ansari (companion)
approached Huzoor (pbuh)
and requested him to give
him the shirt. Huzoor gave
him his newly bought shirt
and then bought himself
another one from the same
stall for 4 Dirhams.
This left him with 2 Dirhams.
On the way back, Huzoor found the crying
little girl. Although the bazaar was filled
with people, nobody seemed to care about
the crying child. Huzoor asked with kindness
why she was crying? She told him what had
happened and that she had lost her 2
Dirhams which were given by her owners.
On hearing this, without saying any advice,
Huzoor gave her his last 2 Dirhams (as she
already felt guilty, this was not the right
time for advice). She bought what she was
However, the kindness didn’t stop here.
Huzoor then offered to accompany her on
her way back to home.
When they reached the house,
The Holy Prophet (pbuh) said
Salam. There was no reply.
Huzoor said it again; still no reply.
Huzoor said Salam once more on
which the door was opened. The
owners, who were new converts
to Islam, were delighted to see
the Holy Prophet (phuh) at their
home. The whole incident was
explained to the family. Huzoor
then asked why they had not
answered to his Salam the first
two times. They replied that they
wanted to receive blessings from
the Holy Prophet (pbuh) three
times. Huzoor then requested for
the family to let the slave girl be
free and they did.
Huzoor paid gratitude to Allah
the Almighty by remembering
the various blessings of that day.
Huzoor mentioned that how
much barakat Allah kept in that
sincere 10 Dirham gift. A shirt for
His prophet, a shirt for a needy
person, the fulfilment of another
needy child and the freedom of a
What have we learnt?
• Keep a good observation of your surroundings for
the needy, even keep an eye after helping them
and taking care of them in future as well.
• Helping others by spending wealth and time.
• While helping others, avoid any advices. Keep it
for later suitable time.
• Provide what is needed i.e. the shirt was asked
for and it was that which was provided.
• When there is a chance to helping others, be
grateful to God for providing the chance.
• When reaching someone’s house, say Salam.
• Be kind to children and servants
• If they made any mistakes, try to forgive them.