This is a real-life incident which has been mentioned in the Noble Quran. It happened during the life of Prophet Muhammad when he was engaged in a discourse with some members of the Quraish tribe.
Ibn Umm Maktoom, a blind man gifted with spiritual insight, came to the Prophet with a query. Since the Prophet was busy at the time, he did not attend to the blind man. The latter walked away still groping for an answer. It was on such an occasion that on of the Surah of the Noble Quran (Surat Abasa, 80:1-10) was revealed in which Allah the Almighty admonished the Prophet for not paying attention to the blind man who was sincere to his faith. "AL-Bsaeer", or the one with true sight, illustrates the life of Ibn Umm Maktoom who had a rare insight which his wife could not detect. It was for this resaon that she was charmed by the show of wealth displayed by the Arabs of that time. Impressed by their riches, she would urge Ibn Umm Makhtoom to go out and buy himself a new dress or some other trinkets for her own use. But he had no interest in the luxuries of this world, since his priorities were different. This small book carries a message for all of us. It shows that we should not be carried away by the glitter of wealth and beauty. All this is a passing phase. Like the flashes of lightening which shine forth momentarily after which there is pitch darkness.
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