SYMPATHY AND SELF-SACRIFICE
The Sahabah , as a class, were an example of righteousness. They attained a standard that is rather difficult to copy in a modern society. We would be fortunate if we really attain even a portion of their character. Some of their qualities are peculiarly their own and self-sacrifice is one of these. Allah has made a mention of this in the Holy Qur’aan in these words.
Feeding the guest in darkness A Sahabi came to Nabi SAW and complained of hunger and suffering. At that time Nabi SAW had nothing on hand, or in his home to feed him. He asked the Sahabah : "Would anybody entertain him as a guest on my behalf tonight?"
One of the Ansaar said: "O, Nabi of Allah! I will do that." The Ansaari took the person to his house and instructed his wife: "Look here, this man is a guest of Nabi SAW . We will entertain him as best as we can and won't spare anything in doing so."
The wife replied: "By Allah! I have no food in the house, except a very little which is just enough for the children." The Ansaari said: "You put the children to sleep without feeding them, while I sit with the guest over the small meal. When we start eating, put out the lamp pretending to set it right so that the guest may not become aware of my not sharing the meal with him."
The scheme worked out nicely and the whole family, including the children, stayed hungry to enable the guest to eat to his fill. It was over this incident that Allah SWT revealed the verse:
"They prefer others above themselves, even though they are themselves in need. (SLIX: V9)."
There are quite a number of similar incidents about the Sahabah . The following is one of these: