The time, indicated in it, has come, to be sure. How many are there, today, even among those supposed to be religious-minded, who care to think or enquire about goods coming in their possession whether they are lawful or not. Maybe, even worse days are ahead. In another version of the same report, quoted in Musnad-i-Razeen, it is added that prayers will not be accepted at such a time. Inability to distinguish between the pure and the impure, and the lawful and the unlawful is, in fact, the spiritual death of a Muslim.
We will be giving below two incidents to illustrate what a profound effect the teachings of the holy Prophet had produced in the lives of the Companions. It is related, in Sahih Bukhari, about Hazrat Abu Bakr that, once, an attendant placed something to eat before him of which he partook a little. After it, the attendant told him that, before the advent of Islam, he had, once, posed as a sorcerer and read out the future for someone as sorcerers did. That man had met him, by chance, on that day, and given him the food, on that account, which he had offered to Hazrat Abu Bakr. As the latter heard of it, he made himself vomit by thrusting his fingers into the throat, and, thus, threw up the contents of his stomach.
Similarly, Imam Baihaqi has mentioned the following incident regarding Hazrat Omar. It is stated that, once, a person offered some milk to him which he drank. Afterwards, he asked the man how he had got it, and he replied that he was passing by such and such a Ghat (i.e., a landing place; a bathing place on a river-side) where some animals, including goats and she-camels that had been given away in Zakat were grazing and people were drawing milk from such of them as could be used for that purpose. They had given some of the milk to him as well which he had offered to Hazrat Omar. On hearing it, Hazrat Omar, too, vomited the milk, like Hazrat Abu Bakr.
Piety demands shunning, also, of what is doubtful