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Juhd: Exertion in Islam for Spiritual Excellence

Examples of juhd

Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Prophet Muhammad (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) said, "Allah will give shade to seven on the Day (of Judgement) when there will be no shade but His. (These seven persons are) a just ruler, a youth who has been brought up in the worship of Allah (that is, he worships Allah sincerely from childhood), a man whose heart is attached to the masajid (to pray the compulsory prayers in congregation), two persons who love each other only for Allah's sake and they meet and part in Allah's causes only, a man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for illicit intercourse with her and says: "I am afraid of Allah", a man who gives charitable gifts so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (that is, nobody knows how much he has given in charity), and a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes are then flooded with tears." (Bukhari and Muslim)

The Juhd of the Sahaba (may Allah be pleased with them)

Hadrat Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that (once) a man came to the Holy Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) and said: I am very hungry. The Holy Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) sent word to one of his wives (if she could feed the guest). She replied: "By Allah, Who has sent you with the Truth, I have nothing except water." Then he sent message to another wife and received back the same reply. He sent word turn by turn to everyone of them, and received the same reply. Then he addressed his Companions and said: "Who will take this man as his guest?" An Ansari responded: "O Messenger of Allah, I will." So, he took him home and asked his wife: "Entertain and honour this guest of the Holy Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him)." According to another version, he asked his wife: "Have you anything (eatables)?" She answered: "Nothing, only a little for my children." He said: "Divert them with something, and when they demand food put them to sleep; and when the guest arrives put out the lamp, and pretend as if we have also joined him in eating." As such they sat down and the guest ate and the host passed the night without food. When the Ansari went to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) next morning, he told him: Allah, the Most Exalted, was much pleased with your behaviour with your guest last night. (Bukhari and Muslim)

The Juhd of Prophet Muhammad (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him)

Imam Muhammad Baqir (may Allah be pleased with him) reports that someone asked Sayyidatina 'Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) as to what kind of bed there was at her place for the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him). She said: "There was a sack cloth which I used to fold double and spread it for him. One day I thought that if I gave it four folds, it would become softer; so I made it like that. The next morning he asked me what I had spread out for him last night. I replied that it was the same old daily bed but last night I had folded it four times. He said: "Let it be as usual, for last night its softness prevented me for saying the Tahajjud (night vigil) Prayer." (Tirmidhi)

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