Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said,
“There was a man from amongst the Bedouins whose name was Zahir bin Haram. Whenever he came to Medinah for a need, he brought something for the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) as a gift, like cottage cheese or butter. Likewise, when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) would prepare something to give to him whenever he wanted to leave, such as dates and so on.
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to love him and say, “Zahir is our Bedouin and we are his city dwellers.”
Zahir was not very good looking. One say, Zahir (may Allah be pleased with him) left the desert and came to Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) but did not find him. He has some merchandise to sell so he went on to the market place.
When the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) found out about his arrival, he went to the market place looking for him. When he arrived, he saw him selling his merchandise with sweat pouring down from his face. He wore Bedouin clothers which did not smell good either. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) hugged him tightly from behing, while Zahir was unaware and could not see who it was.
Zahir became scared and said, “Let me go! Who is this?!” But the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) remained silent. Zahir tried to release himself from his grip and started to look right and left. When he saw the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) he relaxed and calmed down, placing his back against the Prophet’s chest. The Prophet (saw) began to joke with him, saying to the public: “Who will buy this slave?! Who will buy this slave?”
Thereupon, Zahir looked at himself and thought of his extreme poverty, for he had neither wealth or good looks.
He said, “You will find me unmarketable, O’ Messenger of Allah.”
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “But you are not unmarketable with Allah. You are very precious to Allah.”