The Angel & the 3 men The God tested

​There were three men among the Bani Israel, one leper, one bald & one blind. The God wanted to test them. He therefore, sent to them an Angel who came to the leper & asked him what he would like best. He replied: “A good color, a good skin & to be rid of what makes me loathsome to people”. He (The Angel) rubbed him & his loathsomeness vanished & he was given a good color & a good skin. He then asked him what type of property he would like best. The leper replied that he would like camels – [or perhaps he said cattle, for Is’haq (one of the sub narrator of the Hadith) was uncertain, either said: ‘Camels,’ or: ‘Cattle’]. He was given a pregnant she-camel. The Angel invoked for The God’s Blessing on it.

The Angel then went to the bald man & asked him what he would like best & he replied: “Good hair & to be rid of what makes me loathsome to people”. The Angel ran his hand over him & he was given good hair. He then asked him what property he would like best. He replied that he would like cattle, so he was given a pregnant cow. The Angel invoked The God’s Blessing on it.

The Angel then went to the blind man & asked him what he would like best, & he replied: ” I wish that The God restore my sight to me so that I may see people.” Thereupon The Angel ran his hand over him & The God restored his sight. The Angel then asked what property he would like best. He replied that he would like sheep, so he was given a pregnant ewe.

Flocks & herds were produced for the three men, the first having a valley full of camels, the second one, a valley full of cows & the third one full of sheep. Then The Angel came in the form of a leper, to the one who had been a leper, & said: “I am a poor man & my resources have been exhausted in my journey, & my only means of reaching my destination are dependent on The God & then on you, so I ask you by Him Who gave you the good color, the good skin & the property, for a camel by which I may get to my destination”. He replied: “inherited this property through generations”.
The Angel said: “If you are telling a lie, may The God return you to your former condition”. The Angel went in the form of a bald man to the one who had been bald, & said the same as he had said to the former & received a similar reply. So he said: “If you are telling a lie, may The God return you to your former condition”.

The Angel then went to the one who had been blind & said: “I am a poor traveler & my resources have been exhausted in my journey. My only means of reaching my destination are dependent on The God & then on you, so I ask you by Him Who restored your eyesight for a sheep by which I may get to the end of my journey”. He replied: “Yes, I was blind. The God restored my eyesight, so take what you wish & leave what you wish. I swear by The God that I shall not argue with you today to return anything you take, as I give it for The God’s sake”.

The Angel said: “Keep your property. You have all simply been put to a test, & The God is pleased with you & displeased with both of your companions.