Life lessons from a cleaner

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Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: I entered the room of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, while he was lying on his side over a mat. I sat down as he drew up his lower garment and he was not wearing anything else. The mat had left marks on his side. I looked at the Prophet’s cupboard and I saw a handful of barely in a small amount, the same of mimosa leaves in the corner, and a leather bag hanging to the side. My eyes started to tear up, and the Prophet said, “What makes you weep, son of Khattab?” I said, “O Prophet of Allah, why should I not cry that this mat has left marks on your side and I see little in this cupboard? Caesar and Khosrau live among fruits and springs, while you are the Messenger of Allah and His chosen, yet this is your cupboard.” The Prophet said, “O son of Khattab, are you not pleased that they are for us in the Hereafter and for them in the world?” I said, “Of course.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1479

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

“I’ve been in this job for nearly 30 years. I see hundreds of people every day, but I’ve never spoken to anyone. But every time she goes to work and comes back, she always smiles at me without fail. She always says salam to me…when someone takes notice of one who never gets noticed, we’ll never forget their face.” — Security Guard, Helen (movie)

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