Hazrat Umme Haani radiyallahu anha (a cousin of Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam) says, Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam came to me (to my house at the time when Makkah was conquered) and asked if there was something to eat. I replied, â€˜Nothing besides dry bread and vinegar.â€™
Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, â€˜Bring it. That house is not without a curry which has vinegar in it.
This incident has been related by Sayyidina Ibn Abbas radiyallahu anhu in more detail. Bayhaqi has narrated a long version of what is briefly mentioned here. At the time when Makkah was conquered, Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam went to the house of Umme Haani radiyallahu anha and asked, â€˜Is there something to eat?â€™
She replied, â€˜Oâ€™ Messenger of Allah, there is dry bread, and I feel ashamed to present it to you.â€™
Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, â€˜Do not worry, bring it.â€™ She presented it. He made them into pieces, soaked them in water and added salt. Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam then asked, â€˜Have you any curry?â€™
She replied that there was nothing besides vinegar. He sent for it and poured some over the soaked bread, ate it and thanked Allah. He then said., â€˜Oâ€™ Umme Haani, the house that has vinegar in it, is never without a curry.
Allahu Akbar, what a simple life Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam led. How wonderful will it be if Allah in his infinite mercy and with the intercession of His beloved Rasool also grant us such simplicity. The fact is that food and drink in the eyes of Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam was given only such importance, that it was only used when it was required. When necessary, he ate what was available. Eating was looked upon as being means to sustain life, and not as we see it, that the filling of the stomach is more important, and religious deeds are regarded as something of a secondary importance. Their aim in life was to propagate Islam and make a fertile ground for it, and as an obligation and human need to fulfil religious needs.
It is also proven from the hadith that where one has an informal relationship with someone, there is no harm in asking for something.