Rasulullah’s Opinion about Two Persons
Some people were sitting with Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) when a person passed the way. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) asked the company, “What do you think of this person?” They replied, “O Rasulullah! He is of a good family. By Allah Ta’ala, he is such that if he seeks in marriage the hand of a woman of the most illustrious family, he would not be rejected. If he recommends anybody, his recommendation would be readily accepted.”
Thereupon Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) held his peace. Another person happened to pass that way, and Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) asked his companions about that person also. They replied: “O Rasulullah! He is a very poor Muslim. If he is betrothed somewhere, chances are that he will not get married. If he happens to recommend anybody, his recommendation is not likely to be accepted. If he talks, few would listen to him.”
Thereupon Rasulullah remarked, “This latter person is better that a whole lot of such persons as the former.”
Note: Belonging to a good family carries absolutely no weight with Allah Ta’ala. A poor Muslim, who is not respected and whom nobody listens to, is far nearer to Allah Ta’ala than hundreds of the so-called noblemen who, though respected and attended upon by worldly people, are far from the path of Allah Ta’ala. It is said in a Hadith, “It will be the end of this world when there remains not a single soul to recite the name of Allah Ta’ala.” It is by the name of Allah Ta’ala that the system of this universe is running .