Story of an Intelligent Gardener


Garden, Gardening, Growth, Hand

This is the 3rd Story of the 5 Photos 5 Stories Challenge. 

It mentioned in the book of hadith about a person who was a very intelligent, charitable and generous gardener. He was hardworking and utilized his earnings in the best and the most balanced way. Let us see what he used to do with the produce and income of his garden.

Abu Huraira reported:


While a person was in the wilderness he heard a voice from the cloud (commanding it thus): 
Irrigate the garden of so and so. 
After that the clouds slinked aside and poured water on a stony ground. 
It filled a channel amongst the channels of that land and that person followed that water and he found a person standing in the garden busy in changing the course of water with the help of a hatchet. 

He said to him: "Servant of Allah, what is your name?"
He said: So and so. 
And it was that very name which he had heard from the clouds. and he said to him: "Servant of Allah, why do you ask me my name?"
 He said: "I heard a voice from the clouds of which is the downpour, saying: Water the garden of so and so, like your name. What do you do (for the favour) shown to you by Allah in this matter!?" 

He said: "Now as you state so. I look what yield I get from it, and I give 

  1. one-third as charity out of it and 
  2. I and my children eat one-third of it and 
  3. one-third I return to it as investment. 


Sahih muslim 2984a

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