Chapter : Respect of Allah’s Messenger and abandoning of too many questions especially those for which there is no genuine need.

Anas b. Malik reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him stood when the sun had passed the meridian and he led them noon prayer and after observing salutations (completing the prayer) he stood upon the pulpit and talked about the Last Hour and made a mention of the important facts prior to it and then said: He who desires to ask anything from me let him ask me about it. By Allah, I shall not move from this place so long as I do not inform you about that which you ask. Anas b. Malik said: People began to shed tears profusely when they heard this from Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said it repeatedly: You ask me. Thereupon ‘Abdullah b. Hudhafa stood up and said: Allah’s Messenger, who is my father? He said: Your father is Hudhafa, and Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said repeatedly: Ask me, and (it was at this juncture that ‘Umar knelt down and said): We are well pleased with Allah as our Lord, with Islam as our code of life and with Muhammad as the Messenger (of Allah). Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) kept quiet so long as ‘Umar spoke. Then Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: (The Doom) is near; by Him, in Whose Hand is the life of Muhammad, there was presented to me the Paradise and Hell in the nook of this enclosure, and I did not see good and evil like that of the present day. Ibn Shihab reported: Ubaidullah b. ‘Abdullah b. ‘Utba told me that the mother of ‘Abdullah b. Hudhafa told ‘Abdullah b. Hudhafa: I have never heard of a son more disobedient than you. Do you feel yourself immune from the fact that your mother committed a sin which the women in the pre-Islamic period committed and then you disgrace her in the eyes of the people? ‘Abdullah b. Hudhafa said: If my fatherhood were to be attributed to a black slave I would have connected myself with him.