.:. A leper, A blind man and A bald-headed man .:.
A leper, A blind man and A bald-headed man




Abu Huraira said that he heard Allah's Apostle saying, "Allah willed
to test three Israelis who were a leper, a blind man and a bald-
headed man.

So, he sent them an angel who came to the leper and said, 'What thing
do you like most?' He replied, "Good color and good skin, for the
people have a strong aversion to me.' The angel touched him and his
illness was cured, and he was given a good color and beautiful skin.
The angel asked him, 'What kind of property do you like best?' He
replied, 'Camels (or cows).' (The narrator is in doubt, for either
the leper or the bald-headed man demanded camels and the other
demanded cows.) So he (i.e. the leper) was given a pregnant she-
camel, and the angel said (to him), 'May Allah bless you in it.'

The angel then went to the bald-headed man and said, 'What thing do
you like most?' He said, 'I like good hair and wish to be cured of
this disease, for the people feel repulsion for me.' The angel
touched him and his illness was cured, and he was given good hair.
The angel asked (him), 'What kind of property do you like best?' He
replied, 'Cows,' The angel gave him a pregnant cow and said, 'May
Allah bless you in it.'

The angel went to the blind man and asked, 'What thing do you like
best?' He said, '(I like) that Allah may restore my eye-sight to me
so that I may see the people.' The angel touched his eyes and Allah
gave him back his eye-sight. The angel asked him, 'What kind of
property do you like best?' He replied, 'Sheep.' The angel gave him a
pregnant sheep.

Afterwards, all the three pregnant animals gave birth to young ones,
and multiplied and brought forth so much that one of the (three) men
had a herd of camels filling a valley, and one had a herd of cows
filling a valley, and one had a flock of sheep filling a valley.

Then the angel, disguised in the shape and appearance of a leper,
went to the leper and said, I am a poor man, who has lost all means
of livelihood while on a journey. So none will satisfy my need except
Allah and then you. In the Name of Him Who has given you such nice
color and beautiful skin, and so much property, I ask you to give me
a camel so that I may reach my destination. The man replied, 'I have
many obligations (so I cannot give you).'

The angel said, 'I think I know you; were you not a leper to whom the
people had a strong aversion? Weren't you a poor man, and then Allah
gave you (all this property).' He replied, '(This is all wrong), I
got this property through inheritance from my fore-fathers' The angel
said, 'If you are telling a lie, then let Allah make you as you were
before.'

Then the angel, disguised in the shape and appearance of a bald man,
went to the bald man and said to him the same as he told the first
one, and he too answered the same as the first one did. The angel
said, 'If you are telling a lie, then let Allah make you as you were
before.'

The angel, disguised in the shape of a blind man, went to the blind
man and said, 'I am a poor man and a traveler, whose means of
livelihood have been exhausted while on a journey. I have nobody to
help me except Allah, and after Him, you yourself. I ask you in the
Name of Him Who has given you back your eye-sight to give me a sheep,
so that with its help, I may complete my journey.'

The man said, 'No doubt, I was blind and Allah gave me back my eye-
sight; I was poor and Allah made me rich; so take anything you wish
from my property. By Allah, I will not stop you for taking anything
(you need) of my property which you may take for Allah's sake.' The
angel replied, 'Keep your property with you. You (i.e. 3 men) have
been tested and Allah is pleased with you and is angry with your two
companions."

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.670 Narrated by Abu Hurairah



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