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Plentiful Charity

Shaykh Ahmed Fareed

From the Charateristics of the Salaf

JIMAS 1996

From the morals and manners of the Salaf was that they would practice abundant charity with ah that was beyond their needs, day and night, secretly and openly. Whoever did not have food or wealth to spend, they would be charitable by sparing the people their harms and by bearing the harms of others.

Allaah the Most High said, "Those who spend their wealth by night and day, in secret and in public, shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve." [Sooratul-Baqarah (2):274] He also said, "You shall not attain piety (birr) until you spend out of that which you love. Whatever good you spend Allaah knows well." [Soorah Aali-'lmraan (3):92]

'Abdul-'Azeez ibn 'Umair (rahimahullaah), said, "Salaat will reach you half the road, fasting lets you reach the door of the king, and charity allows you to enter into the king's company." He also used to say, "Wealth to us are deposits for generosity."

Their manners was to smile cheerfully at the face of the beggar and not to suspect him. They would always think that he only begged out of dire need.

Sufyaan ath-Thawri (rahimahullaah), used to be overjoyed if he saw beggar at his door saying, "Welcome to the one who has come wash my sins."

Fudhayl ibn 'Iyaad (rahimahullah), said, "Beggars are such good people! They carry our provision to the Afterlife without pay me until they place it on the scale in front of Allaah the Most High."


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