|Concern for All|
By any standard of measure, the conduct of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam was of the highest and best in human history. A poor woman used to clean the Musjid and remove any dirt from it. The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam missed her for a few days.
On enquiring about the reason for her absence, he was informed that she had died. He said: ‘Why have you not told me. I would have attended her funeral and prayed for her’. He then went to the graveyard and offered the funeral prayer for her.
Needless to say, this was a poor woman with few relatives. Had she had any relative of a reasonably good position in society, she would not have needed to work as a cleaner. We do not even know her name. She must have been someone who would not be missed when absent. Yet the Prophet sallallhu alaihi wa sallam missed her when a couple of days passed and he did not see her in the Musjid.
Her poverty and lack of status did not prevent him from enquiring after her. He was unhappy to learn of her death so late that he could not attend her funeral and lead the prayer. He then took the trouble of visiting her grave and praying for her. He could have prayed for her soul where he was at the time, i.e. in the Musjid, and his prayer would have been certainly answered. He, however, wanted to show us a higher level of social responsibility.
This example should encourage us as the followers of the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam to show concern and respect for all.
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