Ali Ibn Al Husain used to lead a seemingly miserly life. But when he died they discovered that he was supporting one hundred poor families in Madinah. Muhammad Ibn Ishaq said: Some people of Madinah used to live not knowing where from they got their livelihood. When Ali Ibn Al Husain died they lost what used to be sent to them by night. As a matter of fact, Ali Ibn Al Husain used to carry a bag of bread by night on his back and distribute it as charity. He would say: “The secret charity puts out the anger of Allah.” When Ali Ibn Al Husain died and people washed his body, they found some black traces on his back. They said: What is this? Then the answer was that he used to carry bags of flour on it by night and would give them to the poor people of Madinah. That is why when he died, people of Madinah said: We only lost the secret charity when Ali Ibn Al Husain died.
Source: “Luminaries of Islam”
Alexander the Great is known as the most powerful military leader and conqueror of the ancient world. Before he turned 30 years old he conquered an empire stretching over 3,000 miles from Greece to India. He was born in 356 BC in Macedonia, known today as northern Greece.
On his sickbed and during his last hour alive, Alexander the Great told his generals “After my death, when you put my body in the casket, let my arms hang over the edges with my palms wide open, so the public can see my empty hands while I am leaving the world.” After he died, many dignitaries came to view the royal funeral and were very surprised to see his arms hanging over the edge of the casket with his palms wide open. They asked questions about this unique scene. A general told them “O’ People, Alexander the Great is telling us that when he ruled the world, great treasures of gold, silver and wealth came to be under his possession. Yet, indeed he is leaving the world empty handed.”
Source: Partially extracted from the writtings of JC Pinkerton.
Anas bin Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, reported: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Three things follow the bier of a dead man, two of them come back and one is left with him: the members of his family, wealth and his good deeds. The members of his family and wealth come back while his deeds alone are left with him. (Sahih Muslim)