A Lesson in Rights, Salman Al-Farisi Teaches Abu Ad-Darda’

Narrated Abu Juhaifa (raa): The Prophet (saws) made a bond of brotherhood between Salman Al-Farisi (raa) and Abu Ad-Darda (raa)’. Salman (raa) paid a visit to Abu Ad-Darda’ (raa) and found Um Ad-Darda’ (raa) dressed in shabby clothes and asked her why she was in that state. She replied, "Your brother Abu Ad-Darda’ (raa) is not interested in (the luxuries of) this world."

In the meantime Abu Ad-Darda’ (raa) came and prepared a meal for Salman (raa). Salman (raa) requested Abu Ad-Darda’ (raa) to eat (with him), but Abu Ad-Darda’ (raa) said, "I am fasting." Salman (raa) said, "I am not going to eat unless you eat".

So, Abu Ad-Darda’ (raa) ate (with Salman). When it was night and (a part of the night passed), Abu Ad-Darda’ (raa) got up (to offer the night prayer), but Salman (raa) told him to sleep and Abu Ad-Darda’ (raa) slept.

After sometime Abu Ad-Darda’ (raa) again got up but Salman (raa) told him to sleep. When it was the last hours of the night, Salman (raa) told him to get up then, and both of them offered the prayer.

Salman (raa) told Abu Ad-Darda’ (raa), "Your Lord has a right on you, your soul has a right on you, and your family has a right on you; so you should give the rights of all those who has a right on you."

Abu Ad-Darda'(raa) came to the Prophet (saws) and narrated the whole story. The Prophet (saws) said, "Salman (raa) has spoken the truth."

Fasting – Sahih Bukhari: Volume 3, Book 31, Number 189

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Gary Larocque

Born and raised in Canada of French/English heritage. Founder of TSP Muslim (The Straight Path Muslim). Accepted Islam September 12th, 2007 after years of study.

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