He hosts guests on his grave
By: Ayatullah Shaheed Syed Abdul Husayn Dastaghaib Shirazi
There is a story of Abul Khaibari, the chief of an Arab tribe. When he was moving with his family members towards the tribe of Tayy, which was the center of Hatim Tayy, he saw that from early evening a lamp was alight above the house of Hatim so that, throughout the night, if a guest arrives from any corner of the forest, he may find his way to his house. This light was a sign of his generosity and charity. It is mentioned that here the door is open for all guests. In short, Abul Khaibari arrived here, and on the basis of some books, he did not know that Hatim Tayy had passed away. He arrived near the tribe of Tayy and, as was being done then, he camped where Hatim used to welcome the guests and provide food. But this time no one knew about their arrival. Nobody came to welcome them, nor asked about them or sent any food. So they slept hungry. Abul Khaibari saw in his dream that Hatim approached them and pierced a spear in the neck of one of the camels of Abul Khaibari. Abul Khaibari woke up frightened and looked at his camel, which was thrashing its legs. He cried, "O Caravan men!" They gathered round him and asked, "How did this happen?" He replied, "Please come here and see for yourselves. Hatim himself had arrived here. I saw him in my dream and he has slaughtered my camel."
They said, "Did you not see that he slaughtered this camel so that you may hold a feast and all of us may eat therefrom? Poor Hatim was not in a position to offer his own camel so he slaughtered yours. So now it is for you to have a feast on behalf of Hatim tonight." So they did so accordingly. Everyone ate to gratification. They intended to move next morning. Suddenly they saw dust rising at a distance and a rider came to them in a hurry and asked, "Who is Abul Khaibari?" Abul Khaibari said, "It is I." "Is it you whose camel was caught and slaughtered last night by my father?" "Yes." he replied. The newcomer said, "Come take this horse in exchange of your camel." The horse was much more costly than the slaughtered camel. Abul Khaibari asked, "Whose horse is it?" He replied, "This is the horse of Hatim, my father." Last night I saw him in my dream telling me, "My son! Tonight we had some guests. As we had nothing to offer to them, we slaughtered the camel of Abul Khaibari. Now, take this horse of mine and give it to Abul Khaibari in exchange of his camel that we slaughtered." Abul Khaibari accepted the horse.
He gives his horse to the poor during famine
Hatim was very just and generous and he loved his guests and welcomed them heartily. He was never selfish. He had nothing like self praise and self pride. So much, so that when he heard about people starving in his tribe due to famine, he slaughtered his most precious horse and distributed its meat to all, without eating a piece therefrom. His dinner-cloth is widely spread in the other world as it was during his lifetime. Should I produce more proofs for you?
Selling books for Hajj pilgrimage
The great Islamic jurisprudent, Shaykh Ali, author of Durre Manthur, has written: I intended to proceed from Isfahan to visit the House of God in Mecca. I had no money. I also did not want to tell anyone about it. As a last resort, I told myself that I should sell my books, collect the proceeds and go for hajj. So I started selling my books secretly. Next day, in the morning someone knocked at my door. When I came to door I saw that Khwaja Iltifaat had arrived. He was a servant of the harem of Shah Abbas. He asked, "Is your name Shaykh Ali?" "Yes." I replied. He asked, "Do you intend to sell your books?" (This was a matter not known to anyone). Shaykh Ali said, "I will not reply until you tell me from where you came to know this?" He said, "Sir, I am a slave of Khanam Zaib Begum, the daughter of Shah Tahmasp.
She called me and asked, ‘Have we, in Isfahan, a scholar named Shaykh Ali in the progeny of Shaykh Zainuddin?’" I replied, "Yes." She said, "Last night, I saw Shah Tahmasp in my dream. He raised an objection telling me, ‘O Zainab Begum! Have all in the family of Shah Abbas died? A scholar of high rank, Shaykh Ali, has to sell his books! Have you also died?’" "Finally, this morning, the Khanam asked to make inquiry. Hence I have come here to your house to ascertain whether you are here." He replied, "Yes, I am Shaykh Ali and I do intend to go for Hajj but I have no money and it can be obtained only by selling these books." The Khwaja returned and reported this to the Shah’s daughter. She sent a lot of wealth from her personal jewellery so that all the debts of the Shaykh might be repaid and he may have enough money for his pilgrimage to Mecca.