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 Chapter 37 - Spending favorite things for Allah's Sake

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PostSubject: Chapter 37 - Spending favorite things for Allah's Sake   Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:57 pm

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Chapter 37


Spending favorite things for Allah's Sake



Allah, the Exalted, says:


"By no means shall you attain Al-Birr (piety, righteousness - here it means Allah's reward, i.e., Jannah), unless you spend (in Allah's Cause) of that which you love.'' (3:92)

"O you who believe! Spend of the good things which you have (legally) earned, and of that which We have produced from  the earth for you, and do not aim at that which is bad to spend from it.'' (2:267)




  Hadith 297



Anas radiyallahu anhu reported: Abu Talhah radiyallahu anhu was the richest among the Ansar of Al-Madinah and possessed the largest property from palm-trees, and among his possessions what he loved most, was his garden known as Bairuha' which was opposite the masjid, and Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa often visited it and drank from its fresh water.

When this Ayah was revealed: "By no means shall you attain Al-Birr (piety, righteousness - here it means Allah's reward, i.e., Jannah), unless you spend (in Allah's Cause) of that which you love,'' (3:92),  Abu Talhah came to Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa and said, "Allah says in His Book: `By no means shall you attain Al-Birr, unless you spend (in Allah's Cause) of that which you love,' and the dearest of my property is Bairuha' so I have given it as Sadaqah (charity) for Allah's sake, and I anticipate its reward with Him; so spend it, O Messenger of Allah, as Allah guides you.''

Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa said,

"Well-done! That is profit earning property. I have heard what you have said, but I think you should spend it on your nearest relatives.''  

So Abu Talhah radiyallahu anhu distributed it among nearest relatives and cousins. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].



Commentary:

1. This Hadith mentions the spirit of obedience to Allah and His Prophet Sallalahu aleihi wa and effort which the Companions of the Prophet Sallalahu aleihi wa made for attaining a higher status in virtue.
2. To spend the best of one's property in the way of Allah is a sign of perfection of Faith.
3. In the matter of Sadaqat (alms giving and charity), preference must be given to one's closest relations, provided they are poor and stand in need of help, otherwise, these should be spent on other deserving people.




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