One of the companions of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), by the name of Saad (سعد) (R.A), was very poor and was regarded as one of the People of the ledge. Saad (R.A) used to offer all his Salah prayers behind the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), who was greatly distressed by Saad (R.A)’s poverty. One day, the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) promised him that if he got some money, he would give it to Saad (R.A). Time passed but no money came to the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and became even more distressed at Saad (R.A)’s situation. It was at this time that Jibril descended, bringing with him two Dirhams.
Jibril (Gabriel-جبریل) said to the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), “Allah (SWT) has said: We are aware of your distress in connection with Saad (R.A)’s poverty. If you want him to emerge from this state, give him these two Dirhams (درہم) and ask him to engage himself in business.” The Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) took the two Dirhams and set out of the house for the Dhuhr (ظہر) prayers when he found Saad (R.A) waiting for him near one of the rooms of the mosque.
Turning to Saad (R.A), the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) asked: “Could you engage yourself in business?” “By Allah (SWT)! I have no capital with which l can do business,” replied Saad (R.A). The Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) handed him the two Dirhams and told him to start business with this capital. Saad (R.A) took the money and after offering the Dhuhr and Asr (عصر) prayers set about to earn his livelihood. Allah (SWT) blessed Saad (R.A) in such a way that whatever he purchased for a Dirham, he would sell it for double the amount. Consequently, his financial state gradually improved. This continued till he eventually purchased a shop near the mosque and began conducting his business from there. As his business picked up, he began to become lax with respect to his acts of worship even to the extent that when Hazrat Billal ibn Rabah (حضرت بلال ابن ربہ) recited the Adhan (ازاں) he would not get ready for the prayers.
Previously, he was ready well before Adhan was recited! When the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) noticed Saad (R.A)’s un-punctuality for Salah prayers, he said to him:”Saad (R.A), this world has made you so busy that it has even weaned you away from your Satan prayers.” Saad (R.A) replied, “What can I do? If I leave my wealth unattended, it will go to waste and I will end up in toss. From one person, I have to collect the money for the goods sold, while from another I have to take possession of the goods purchased.”
The Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was disturbed at Saad (R.A)’s involvement with his wealth and his negligence with respect to his acts of prayer. At that moment, Jibril descended again and said: “Allah (SWT) has said: ‘We possess knowledge of your distress. Which of the two states do you prefer for Saad (R.A)?”
The Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) indicated that the previous state was beneficial for Saad (R.A). Jibril agreed. “Yes, love for the world causes man to become heedless of the hereafter. Take back the two Dirhams. which you had given to him previously.” The Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) approached Saad (R.A) and asked him if he could return the two Dirhams that he had given to him. “If you desire, I shall even give you two hundred Dirhams,” replied Saad (R.A). “No, just give me the two Dirhams. which you had taken from me”, said the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Saad (R.A) handed the money to the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and within a short time, his financial situation turned a full circle and before long he found himself in his previous state.