This is a reminder sent out by our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Charity given at the beginning of the year is like a seed which grows seven ears (of which each ear contains one hundred grains), and charity given in the last days of the year is like a single grain which grows seven hundred ears. Nothing can compare with sadaqah Zakariya (ongoing charity).” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi; classed as Saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1/307
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “Every (human being) will be raised according to his deeds, and he who gives charity and conceals it (i.e. nobody knows about it). His charity will be taken from him as he took from the charity.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Who will receive the reward of a charity?” He replied I do not know.”
The narrators further added that when Abu Bakr, ‘Umar bin Khattab and Uthman were informed of what the Prophet had said. They stood up and said simultaneously: “We also bear witness that your statement is true O Allah’s Apostle! We gave charity. We do not know whether Allah has accepted it or not”. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol 2, B11, N255)
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Another hadith narrated by Abu Huraira: The Prophet said that the best charity is what a wealthy person practices. And start giving first to your dependents.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr: Allah’s Apostle said, “Charity is obligatory every day on every joint of a human being. If one helps a person in matters concerning his riding animal by helping him ride it or by lifting his luggage onto it. All this will be regarded. By Him in Whose Hands my life is! One can have a handsome reward, even with a cup of water which he gives to a fasting person.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
‘Uthman bin ‘Affan reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said. “The best form of charity is when the rich person gives from his sufficiency, and the poor person receives it with gratefulness. And start giving first to your dependents.” (Al Tirmidhi)
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said that the One who goes out for jihad gains both spiritual and martial benefits from Allah. However, no one enters Paradise through anything he does. It is instead through divine grace. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 57, Number 25)
Ibn ‘Abbas reported that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: “Whoever gives an aged person a ride in his conveyance or who accommodates an ill person in his house is regarded as spending in charity one night in the path of God.”
(Sahih Muslim, English version by Abdul Hamid Siddiqui, Chapter XXXIX, p4269) Narrated Abu Usaid: We went out with the Prophet to a garden called Ash-Shaut till we reached two walls between which we sat down. The Prophet said, “Sit here,” and went in (the park). The Jauniyya (a lady from Bani Jaun) had been brought and lodged in a house in a date-palm garden in the home of Umaima bint An-Numan bin Sharahil. When the Prophet entered upon her, he said to her, “Give me yourself (in marriage) as a gift”. She said, “Can a princess give herself in marriage to an ordinary man?” The Prophet raised his hand to pat her so that she might become tranquil. She said, “I seek refuge with Allah from you.” He said, “You have sought refuge with One Who gives refuge.
Then the Prophet came out to us and said, “O Abu Usaid! Give her two white linen dresses to wear and let her go back to her family”. Narrated Sahl and Abu Usaid: The Prophet married Umaima bint Sharahil, and when she was brought to him. He stretched his hand towards her. It seemed that she disliked that the Prophet ordered Abu Usaid al-Ansari to prepare her and provide her with two white linen dresses. (Sahih al-Bukhari)
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The poor person is not the one who asks a morsel or two (of meals) from the others. But the poor is the one who has nothing and is ashamed of asking from others.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
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