The Prophet (pbuh) and the Blind Man

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“He frowned and turned away when a blind man came his way. How do you know if (his heart) might be purified or recall (God) and by recollection be rectified? For those who are called wealthy, you attend to them closely and don’t bother if they are purified! Yet from one who comes to you hopeful, fearful and clearly humble, you let your attention be shunted aside.” – (Qur’an 80:1-10)

This Quranic verse, directed toward the Prophet himself (pbuh), is the harshest reminder in the revelation itself of allowing oneself to be distracted by the affairs of the world, and thereby, even momentarily, losing the insight of its true teachings of love and compassion, kindness and guidance in the worship of Allah, the One who has no partners.

It is further related that Aisha, the wife of the Prophet (pbuh), said that if any chapter of the Qur’an could be wiped out, he had wished it would be this short chapter entitled, He Frowned, that addresses him as the one who frowned and chastises him for his treatment of the blind man.

The old and feeble blind man came seeking some knowledge about the new religion of Islam, but his arrival interrupted an important meeting of Arab tribal elders, powerful and rich men, who, if they had embraced the religion, would have greatly strengthened the community, which was under constant threat.

The Prophet (pbuh) had done what almost any other leader would do in looking out for his community through practical means; he ignored the blind man and continued to talk to the powerful tribal elders.

Alhamdulillah! He admonishes even His own Prophet (pbuh) for ignoring the true seeker, for not taking a moment to answer the old blind man. Most certainly this would have been a real lesson to the tribal elders about the new religion of Islam.

Allah knows the truth.

May Allah bless us and grant us all the insight of this lesson and guide us to what is truly important in life.


Ya Haqq!

19 Responses to The Prophet (pbuh) and the Blind Man

  1. Haamidah says:

    Salaam Brother Irving,

    No doubt this is a greater lesson for us followers who would be prone to this type of neglect than the prophet (saw) who has been forgiven his past and future lapse.

    Amiin may Allah grant us insight.

  2. Maithri says:

    Precious brother,

    Your words give me chills… Such wisdom, such truth to be found here..

    You are a peacemaker in the truest sense of the word..

    May the lord of peace strengthen you on your path and grant you love that transcends all human understanding,

    Love and light to you and yours, Maithri

  3. Safiyyah says:

    Allahu Akbar! It IS a good lesson and great reminder!

  4. Salaam brother, thank you for your kind comments on my blog entry. I am glad you liked the poem.

    This is such a beautiful lesson, thank you for reminding us of it. More people could benefit by showing compassion instead of frowning and turning away from others. Thank you for your dua’.

  5. Abdul. says:

    Good reminder, thank you brother.

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  7. Joubin Houshyar says:


    “Nay ! he has not yet carried out what God commanded him to do. ”

    Suppose that is directed to the Holy Prophet, as well?

    And this?

    “And what ? would make thee know that he would purify himself”

    Suppose that is directed at the Messenger of ALLAH as well?

    “What” indeed.

    Arch-Angel Gabriel, perhaps? God Forgive me, was He out to lunch just then?

    “Most certainly this would have been a real lesson to the tribal elders about the new religion of Islam”

    Too bad you weren’t around Dear (dear) Darvish … to point that out to the Holy *Prophet* …
    Too bad the Messenger of Allah missed out on that chance, hey? Salaam Be Upon him!


    And Remember

    Our servants

    and Isaac
    and Jacob,

    men of Might

    and Vision!

    WE Chose them

    for * a special purpose * :

    To remind people of the abode of the Hereafter.

    And truly, they are in Our Sight

    Among the elect

    And The Best.

    And Remember


    and Elisha

    and Dhu’l-Kifl,

    They were all

    The Best.


    This is a Reminder.

    And the righteous will, surely, have an excellent resort –



    HE it IS Who HAS Sent HIS Messenger

    *with Guidance*

    and The True Religion

    That HE May Cause it to Prevail over all other religions.

    And Sufficient Is ALLAH as a Witness.



    Muhammad Is the Messenger of ALLAH.

    And those who are with him are hard against the disbelievers
    but tender among themselves.

    Thou sees them bowing and prostrating themselves in Prayer, seeking ALLAH’s grace and pleasure. Their marks are upon their faces, being the traces of prostrations.

    This is their description in the Torah.

    And their description in the Gospel is like unto a seed-produce that sends forth its sprout, then makes it strong; it then becomes stout, and stands firm on its stem, delighting the sowers – That HE may cause the disbelievers to boil with rage at the sight of them.

    ALLAH has promised, unto those of them, who believe and do good works, ~Forgiveness~ and a Great Reward.


    /& Salaam

  8. Krishna.n.c says:

    Respected Brother Irving,
    Salaam and my warm hug:)
    What a beautiful insight into The Prophet’s Life and the admonishment which Allah offers to His own Beloved Prophet!! Thank you so much for sharing this brother and reminding to reset our perspective with which we view life and our relationship with others.
    Ameen to your heartfelt prayer, my beloved Brother:)))
    My sincere Love and hugs for you and your blessed family:)

  9. Umm Yusuf says:

    Assalaamu Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu,

    Alhamdullilah! Allah is Al ‘Adl, The Just even with our Beloved Prophet (saw). Alhamdullilah!

  10. Achelois says:

    Thank you for this post. I had been looking for the reference for a long time.

  11. Abdul Muneer says:

    ‘The Frowned’.. But even there Allah doesn’t calls our prophet by name. Allah addresses other prophets by their name – ya Nuh, Ya Isa, Ya Ibrahim etc. But nowhere does Allah call our prophet Ya Muhammed, indicating His Love for him. Allah always uses adjective to call his habeeb – Abd, Rasool, YaSin, Taha, Dhuha (the dawn), Lail or even Abasa..

  12. Jawid says:

    I don’t accept that our beloved Prophet (S), ALLAH’S MOST BELOVED would have done such a thing, I found a more plausible and appealing meaning here:

    Fine, it is a Shi’a website, you may or may not agree with it, but personally I’d sooner believe this then augur ill of God’s Holy Messenger (S).

    If we start believing that RasulAllah (S) is capable of sins, mistakes, errors and misjudgments -then sunnah becomes an area of doubt, then his trustworthiness comes into question (na’uthubIllah) and next thing you start doubting him, when Allah (SWT) tells us:

    – And you are at an exalted standard of character. (68:4)

    – Nor does he speak out of his desire.(53:3)

    – You have indeed in the Prophet of Allah an exemplary character. (33:21)

    Moreover, if he (S)committed sin/mistakes and we followed him (S) in that it means by implication that he (S) would in effect have to carry the sin of every ummati who practised upon that “sunnah.” (Na’uthubIllah)
    Positively Unfathomable!

    My brothers & sisters, I beseech you not to augur an atoms weight of ill regarding Allah’s apostle (S)
    It’s grievous!


  13. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Thank you all for the kind and informative comments. And Brother Jawid, you may certainly be correct in what you say, and I will read the information in the link carefully.

    Ya Haqq!

  14. Jawid says:


    Br. Irving, if you do read the article and are unsure or disagree with some of the details, then all we can do is take the best out of it with us, to progress.

    All that I know that echoes truth within myself tells me that the beloved messenger’s (S) conduct is perfection. Thus it is worthiest for us to emulate.

    The difference that set apart P. Muhammad (S) from others is that at every moment, at every critical juncture -he (S) chose the path, the way most pleasing to the Lord of The Worlds (SWT)
    Thus he (S) was God’s most beloved.
    The blueprint/ roadmap of the perfection of man.


  15. KHAWAR says:

    Thank you very much for sharing such a wonderful and true hadith with us.. May ALLAH Rabul izzat alwayz guide us to the right path of imaan. Ameen.

  16. This Is Proof The The Prophet (PBUH) Didnt Make Up The Verses of the quran. he cant write bad things upon himself

  17. BeatifulMind says:

    Assalamu Alaikum w. w.

    I just want to mention two things. Firstly, the translation given are for verses 1-10 of Surah Abasa (Chapter 80) of the Holy Quran not 1-12 as mentioned on the page. Secondly, the translation given is horrible in my opinion. A better translation, in my opinion is below.

    “He frowned and turned away – that the blind man came to him. How could you know? Perhaps he would cleanse himself, or he might be mindful and good counsel might avail him. Now he who waxes indifferent, you attend to him, though you are not to blame if he would not cleanse himself. But he who comes to you running, and fears (Allah), you pay no heed to him.”

  18. Mariam says:

    What was the blind mans name? If you know then please rely back and thank you!

  19. Thank you all for the informative comments and corrections :) And I am sorry, Sister Mariam, The name of the blind man is never mentioned.
    Ya Haqq!

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