The blind man – the humbled seeker

“The Prophet frowned and turned away. Because there came to him the blind man, [interrupting]. But what would make you perceive, [O Muhammad], that perhaps he might be purified, or be reminded and the remembrance would benefit him? As for he who thinks himself without need, to him you give attention. And not upon you [is any blame] if he will not be purified. But as for he who came to you striving [for knowledge], while he fears [ Allah ], from him you are distracted. No! Indeed, these verses are a reminder; So whoever wills may remember it. [It is recorded] in honored sheets, exalted and purified, [carried] by the hands of messenger-angels, noble and dutiful. Cursed is man; how disbelieving is he. From what substance did He create him? From a sperm-drop He created him and destined for him; Then He eased the way for him; Then He causes his death and provides a grave for him. Then when He wills, He will resurrect him. No! Man has not yet accomplished what He commanded him.” 

– [Surah ‘Abasa, 80:1-23]

In any case, this reproachful speech, whether to the Prophet ﷺ or to anyone else, clearly states the fact that Islam and the Qur’an give a special high regard to the servants of Allah, particularly to those of the oppressed and humbled (poor yet purified) rather than the wealthy and reputable (stable and secure yet spiritually lacking). Through this verses, the Prophet ﷺ was admonished. Although it was not to blame him ﷺ , it was taken as an example for all of us to not repeat the same thing. Ever since then whenever the Prophet ﷺ passes by Abdullah ibn Umm Maktum (the blind man), he ﷺ acknowledges him in genuine delight, in gratitude for getting him admonished. To see the wisdom behind this is that most of our failures are due to our interest in dunya matters.

Ego. So much ego. Ungrateful I am.


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