In the eighteenth episode of this series, Shaykh Abdullah Misra covers two hadiths from Kitab al-Riqaq, which convey the cure to a hard heart and provide a means to reach Allah Most High. These hadiths are from the chapter of the Virtues of the Poor and the Lifestyle of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).
Shaykh Abdullah explains that real virtue is not in increased wealth but an increase of recompense from Allah Most High. He postulates that it is enough to show the virtues of the poor over the rich that the best of creation, our beloved last Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), was made to live the lifestyle of the poor.
The first hadith shows the contrast in how people perceive a person and how Allah may perceive him. It describes a person with a disheveled appearance who gets rejected by people, yet he may have such clout with Allah that Allah Most High will fulfill it for him if he makes an oath by Allah. From the second hadith, we learn that we are not given victory and provision except by virtue of the poor and weak among us.
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