On the authority of Umar Ibn al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him), who said: Once while we were sitting in the company of Allah's Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) there came upon us a man with snow-white attire and his hair was jet black. There were no signs of travelling upon him; and none of us recognized him.
He sat along with the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) and knelt before the Prophet's knees and placed his palms on the Prophet's thighs and said: O Muhammad! Inform me about al-Islam. The Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: â€œal-Islam is to testify that La Ilaha Illa Allah, Muhammad Rasullullah (i.e. none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah), to establish the Salah (the five daily prayers), to pay the Zakah (obligatory charity), to observe the fast of Ramadan, and to perform the Hajj (pilgrimage) to the House (the Holy Masjid n Makka) if you can afford it. The man said: You have told the truthÃƒ. Umar said: It amazed us that he would ask the question and he then would verify the truth himself.
The man said: Tell me about al-IMAN (faith). The Prophet replied: â€œIt is to affirm your faith in Allah, His angels, His Books His Messengers and the Last Day, and to believe in the Divine Destiny whether it be good or bad. The man said: You have told the truth.
He again said: Tell me about al-IHSAN (i.e. the performance of some action in a goodly manner, goodness). The prophet said:â€œIt is to worship Allah as though you see Him, and know that He sees you, even if you do not see Him. The man said: Tell me about the Hour (Doomsday). The Prophet said: â€œI the one questioned do not know about it more than you the questioner. The man said: Tell me about its signs. The Prophet said:â€œIt is when a slave gives birth to her own mistress (or master), and when you see the barefooted and tattered needy shepherds vying with one another in erecting high building. The man then departed and Umar stayed with the Prophet for a while. The Prophet said: â€œO Umar! Have you recognized the Questioner? Umar said: Allah and His Messenger know best. The Prophet said:â€œIt is Gibreel (Angel Gabriel), who has come to teach you your religion?
Reported by Muslim.
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Edited by Zeinab, 23 November 2007 - 08:00 PM.