A leper, a bald-man and a blind-man

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Teaching stories have been used throughout time as a way to transmit wisdom.

In Hadith literature there are a number of stories that have been related by Prophet Muhammad in the context of teaching valuable lessons for humanity.

The following story is related in Sahih Bukhari (004.056.670) Translated by Thomas Cleary

The Prophet told a story, "There were three Israelites, a leper, a bald man, and a blind one. In order to test them, God sent an angel to them." 

The angel came to the leper and said, "What would you like most?" 

He said, "A good complexion and good skin, and riddance of that for which people have considered me unclean." 

Then the angel passed his hand over him, and his uncleanness disappeared from him, and he acquired a good complexion. 

Now the angel said, "And what would you like most to have?" 

He said, "Camels." 

So he was given a she-camel in her tenth month of pregnancy. He said, "God bless you for this." 

Then the angel came to the bald man and said, "What would you like most?" 

He said, "Nice hair, and riddance of this condition for which people dislike me." 

Then the angel passed his hand over him, and his baldness disappeared as he acquired a full head of hair. 

Now the angel said to him, "And what would you like to have?" 

He said, "Cattle." 

So he was given a pregnant cow. And he said, "God bless you for this." 

Then the angel came to the blind man and said, "What would you like most?" 

He said, "That God may restore my vision so I might see people." 

So the angel passed his hand over him and God restored his eyesight. 

Now the angel said, "And what would you like to have?" 

He said, "Sheep." 

So he was given a pregnant ewe. 

The former two animals gave birth, and so did this latter one; eventually one of the men had a valley full of camels, one had a valley full of cattle, and one had a valley full of sheep. 

Then the angel came to the leper in disguise and said, "I am a poor man, at the end of my rope on my journey, without recourse this day except to God and to you. I ask you-by the One who gave you a good complexion, good skin, and wealth-for a camel whereby I may make it to the end of my journey." 

But the man said, "I have many obligations." 

Then the angel said, "I seem to know you. Weren't you a leper, shunned by society as unclean, impoverished? And did not God give to you?" 

He said, "I simply inherited this wealth, grown generation after generation." 

The angel said, "You are a liar. May God make you as you were." 

Then the angel came to the formerly bald man in disguise and spoke to him as he had the former leper. And the formerly bald man replied as had the former leper. So the angel said, "You are a liar. May God make you as you were." 

Then the angel also came to the formerly blind man and said, "I am a poor man, on the road, at the end of my rope on my journey, with no resort this day but to God and to you. I ask you-by the One who restored your vision-for a sheep to tide me over on my way." 

The man said, "I used to be blind, but God restored my eyesight. Take whatever you want, and leave what you will. 

For by God I will give you no trouble about anything you take today for the sake of God." 

The angel said, "Keep what you have; for you were only being tested. God is pleased with you, and displeased with the other two."


"The Wisdom of the Prophet" by Thomas Cleary.

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  51 Comments   Comment

  1. Muhammad Aliyu from Nigeria

    1.Whatever condition we found ourselves we should be grateful and pray for the BEST.

    2.All wealth of this world is for Allah, He gives to whom HE will.

    3.We should in bide the spirit of helping the needy so that God will bless us in this world and here after.

    4.Greediness is one of the habit that is destroying our society today.

  2. Mohammad from USA

    Aways be generous and a helping hand to others; then, no one needs to worry if he or she is rellay helping needy or being tested by God. A great lesson from the Prophet (s).

  3. mallam olayinka from nigeria

    may allah be pleased with prophetpbuh,we ask allah to b plsd with us and make it easy to recognise his rahmon over us

  4. mdanwar from India

    Salam valekum. this story is wonderful.Infact the three people should have ask grace of God first.Three people asked for wordly subjects.Eventhough the God given them boons as they desire.When timeof test comes two of them disowned GOD and and became selfish behaves un thakful men.

    What I learn from this story is our life itself given by GOD.The wordly assests wealth is also given by GOD,we should not feel that we earned that,and spend for the needy persons and necessary conditions.In the world every thing belongs to ALLAHA including our birth and death. Then why should we too attach with the wealth which will not come with us in last.



  5. hassan from kenya

    We need to be constantly conscience of ALLAH'S favour in any condition be it when we have or when we dont have.

  6. Md. Hafizur Rahman from Bangladesh

    What we learn from the story-

    We should remember our past and we should follow the rules of islam . Allah may give us wealth but we should give jakat, fitra , sodka(the rules of islam) otherwise allah can remove the wealth. And dont try to greedy and remember your past condition.

  7. Abdullah Guinchard from Switzerland

    Selam aleikum wr. wb. This story learn us that we must be gratefull for all what we have what Allah swt give for us.

  8. Tatahndzerem Idrisu Kiven from Cameroon

    I only wish my Muslims brothers could learn a full lesson from this Ahadith.

  9. kareem abukar from usa

    SubanAllah, i have heard this story before but i never really thought sbout it deeply i guess..everyone is the leper, bald, and blind man..everyone has something that they wish Allah would cure, whether apperance or intelligence or disease. Nobody knows how they would act when they get it accept Allah, so this is a lesson to me that the problems i wish to go away might turn me like the bald and leper man. Salamu Alakum

  10. saliu from Nigeria

    People should know that whatever they have interms of riches & wealth is not by their power but Allah is the giver of wealth and people should give freely because Allah is merciful.

  11. hadijah from uganda

    its God who gives and its good to always help anyone in need.

  12. rachida machouk from algeria

    May ALLAH (SWT) Let us always remember that we were nothing in this universe and ALLAH Brought us to this life by His mercy and grace. What better mercy could be, than knowing our Greatest Benefactor Who Created us in the best way with such a perfection in all our organs and senses... Who else can create at least the single hair of our eyelashes, eyebrows the hair of our head or that which covers our body...? SUBHHANA LLAH WA TABARAKA LLAH THE LORD OF ALL THAT EXISTS.

  13. Nabila from USA

    We had learned from this story that you have to share your wealth with the poor and your muslim brothers. It does not matter of how many wealth or cattle your own even if you have a little you still needs to share it with the poors. That is what Allah sabhanahoo wa taala wanted us to do.

  14. auwalusaminu from nigeria

    The story of a leper a bald-man and a blind man is simply teaches about the importance of speaking true in all our affairs, and showing the muslims to be always helping each other as ( one of the prophet narration is sayig muslims a brother of a muslim.

  15. umar yahaya from Nigeria

    This is the true reflection of our attitudes and behaviours. when we are poor Allah SWT enrich us and at the end of the day we can't even offer to propagate islam talkless of asisting the poor or needy. May Allah SWT asist us Amin

  16. Abdul Majeed Akindele from Nigeria

    May Allah bless you for this story. I will henceforth increase my charitable acts INSHA ALLAH. Ma salaam.

  17. Elias Brant-Zakariyya from Canada

    We can learn several things from this narration. Most importantly that giving in charity will never reduce one's wealth. We can also see the importance of helping Allah's creations, honesty, humility, and remembering what it is like to suffer and needing to recieve the help of others. Too often I have witnessed Muslims behaving in very cold hearted ways. Had it been themselves or their families in the same situation they would have been hoping for the help they denied others. We must keep in mind what Rasooloolah (SAW) had said "You do not trull believe till you wish for your brother what you wish for yourself." We must always ask ourselves if this is how I would wish to be treated had I been given the same situation. At very least think of the ajer you are denyig yourself by not helping others for the sake of Allah. How can we call ourselves Muslims if we are not seeking Allah's pleasure? When Muhammed (SAW) recieved his first revelation from Allah through Jabrielle(AS) he (SAW) was scared Allah was angry with him but Kadijah(AS) told him(SAW)"You are good to all you come across, from the needy to the wayfarer, to your kith and your kin..." Does this not exemplify Islam, what is pleasing to Allah, and what sn upright Muslim should strive to be?

  18. Dauda Hameed from Nigeria

    Aever, as a believer, one needs to always remember that Allah the most compassionate, the most merciful is the one who gives and takes. One must be grateful to Allah all the times, for if we are grateful He will increase His favour on us otherwise he will take it away. Moreover we must be kind to the less previledge ones and give out from our wealth to the poor.

  19. Hassan from UAE

    In the name of Allah most gracious most merciful. It is easy to get caught up with

    the worldly material things & forget that everything we have is by God's grace and

    that we have temporary custody of those worldly things. The lesson for me is that

    God wants us to share his blessings with those in need. Thank you.

  20. Hadeezah from Nigerian

    Salaam Alykun Waramotullah Wabarakatu, He who gives generously and willingly, shall be Blessed by ALMIGHTY ALLAH. Masallam and Baraka Juma'h

  21. Hadeezah from Nigerian

    He who gives generously and willingly, shall be Blessed by ALMIGHTY ALLAH



  23. fatima from Nigeria

    Treat others as you want to be treated. Greediness and selfishness do not pay one, rather, they diminish him. Gratitude and selflessness on the other hand, elevate one to a higher status both here and hereafter.

  24. Sulayman Sillah from Gambia

    I am a regular visitor of the Islamic City website, infact am amember. I really make best use of the weekly articles I received in my E-mail box. I always forword them to my piers in my work place and I know, 'Insaa Allaah' this one also will be sent to each and every one of them.

    What I learn from this lesson?

    ans: If God gives you wealth. You should Thank Him and help (in your wealth) those who are poor. And as good muslim it is always good to tell the truth in what soever the case may be, because you should know in heart that that God knows everything you say or do (when, where, how and what). So one should be careful not to be lier.

    Thank you.

  25. Kunle Awwal from Nigeria

    Being grateful to Almighty Allah in all situations and to know that only He exalts & blesses His servants, and not through your own dint of hardwork, knowledge or even shrewdness. We much thank God at all times for His bounty & learn to be generous to the less fortunate ones, knowing fully well that but for Allah's mercy we are not better or more righteous than them.

  26. Syeeda Khursheed Kousar from India

    The Moral of the story is never forget what you were, and remember when God gives you something he also has all the right to take it away so learn to share with what Allaha has belssed you with .

  27. Fauziat from Nigeria

    The story teaches us that we should be honest in our afair,we should have the spirit of give & take,not be materialistic. We should believe that is God that giveth and is God that taketh. In all we should have fear of Allah

  28. Baba Musah from The Gambia

    The lesson we learn from the story is that we should always give thanks to Allah,and we should always be mindful of what ever we are doing so that we will not have problems with the test of Allah also we should fear of Allah what ever we say or do.

  29. Maya V from AK

    Islamicity should dedicate a section itself of such stories. And work towards make it and its expressions part of the culture.

    - "Tie the camel then trust in God"

  30. shabeena.mohammed from qatar

    Subhanallah it will make every ones eye open. I wanna tell something

    I am working in a hospital. One evening a poor patient came to me for a medical test. For that he should come morning in empty stomach. When I asked the patient to come next day he told me he could not come again bcoz he is staying far from hospital and he doesn't have transport. He emphasised that he did not eat for the last 6 hours I didn't care. I can do it that time only but I did not. I sent back the patient. After I felt so sad,I was thinking what I had done I spoiled one chance to help somebody.

    After half an hour my husband called me and said our car has some problem its in the workshop now it will take 2 days to fix the problem and costs 3000 riyals oohhhhhhhh I know its a punihment. Allah sees everything. He is great.

  31. Mariama Lakika from Sierra Leobe

    This article tells us to be always thankful to Allah for everything that we encounter good or bad. He is the only provider, and the merciful. If we lean on Him, he will surely be with us.

  32. Mariam Kaleem from Ghana

    This is what I need to beging a morning, why it is important to good.

    Allah is great!

  33. BHN from Australia

    Assalamu alaykum,

    Allah taala is Al Wahab, He wouldnt hurt or harm his creations.

    We r given massive amount of opportunities to repent n do good deeds till the last breath. And I am pretty certain Allah taala would not send angles to curse people unless they r doin really really severer sin. Angles are sent to warn people for Azab (punishment).

    And please please there r goods time n bad times jus remember it.

    To enjoy only good times that will be offered to Muslims Inshallah in Jannat. hope high.

    Lastly, IF someone comes to you and ask for somethin never ever refuse or degrade that person.

    N everythin depends on intentions.

    Allah Hafiz.

  34. Anonymous from US

    Assalam-u-Alykum Brothers and Sisters in Islam. Subhan'Allah, what a beautiful hadith. It's important for us to be truthful and be thankful to Allah (SWT) for all that He has bestowed upon us. Be thoughtful of the less fortunate and help each other out in the time of difficulty and need. May Allah (SWT) unite our hearts like the way we were united in the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the Khulafa-e-Rashideen (Ameen) and guide us to the right path.

  35. Yasmine Fahim from Saudi Arabia

    In my view, the theme of the story is not the necessity to fear Allah, or the selfish instincts of human nature in general, or even the duty of being thankful for good fortune. It is about having a good character, ie: sincerity, truthfullness, charity, loyalty, gratefulness, humility, and so on. When you are blessed with comfort and wealth, recognize with humility that Allah has blessed you, and remember to share some of that blessing with others less fortunate than you. This is how you thank Allah. And the more you share, the more you are blessed. Good deeds beget good tidings. If you perform good deeds out of fear of Allah, what merit are in your values? You need to learn to do them out of empathy and caring for others as well as out of love for Allah.

  36. Ibn Elyas Nattamkar Amburi. from India

    A nice story by my beloved Prophet (PBUH) ! I think this has been later stage transformed into Woodcutter and angel!

  37. zuleah from nigeria

    sallam, it is very important for man to b gratful to Allah in whatever situatn we find ourselves. As Allah sw said man will b tested wit what he cherishs most. to whse much is given much is expected. thanks for d hadit may Allah reward u all.

  38. is-haq ibrahim from Nigeria

    Assalamu Alaikum Brothers and Sisters in islam,we should fear Allah in all our deeds, we should also thank Him for all the blessings He has done to us.

    This story is teaching us to always thank Him for all the favours he has done to us.

  39. Adams Ibn Salifu from Ghana

    There are very educative and i encourage you to do more so as win souls in humanitarian and God's ways.

  40. ajjauhar from USA

    3 animals: bigger size(Camel & cattle) than sheep.

    The more you got the greedy you are, you are willing to lie just to

    keep the wealth to yourself(give excuses when it comes to charity)

    Whereas some people express gratitude to Allah SWT and share with

    others although the value isn't as much as those 2.

  41. Gholam Qadir Jilani from India

    We should always praise Allah for what He provided us and do not forget the past and the prizes given by Him. We should also donate from the prizes given by Allah.

  42. adam from yemen

    this story gives us that the human beings are very mean to the money

  43. Laura Tabor from USA

    When you have been blessed by good fortune do not forget about others and hold that fortune to yourself. Our maker does not want us to be selfish with our bounty but to share. The sharing also gives recognition back to our maker for he shares.

  44. Shuaib Shehu Aliyu from Nigeria

    this indeed is a good admonition for people who can reflect, because it demonstrated how servant of Allah became ingratitude to thier creator, when they were tested with the bounties of Allah SWT, the quickly forget thier immidiate past, May Allah SWT give us the wisdom and the ability to help others, and May He also give us halal waealth and share to those who asked for it and to those who did not ask for it, because of thier humbleness. Ammeen.

  45. Houssein Bentatou from USA

    Wealth of any kind is a gift, preferably to be shared otherwise it becomes a liability. The leper and the bold had worst inadequacies than was visible to them. They were blind in the heart.