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Never hesitate when it comes to charity
By Tulip Flower B Springrose
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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some of the many beautiful and inspirational teachings of Islam regarding charity

Never hesitate when it comes to giving charity

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said:

 

 There is never a day wherein servants (of God) get up at morning, but are not visited by two angels. One of them says: O Allah, give him more who spends (in Your sake), and the other says: O Allah, bring destruction to (those) who withhold.

 

This story is definitely worth reading,The Prophet Muhammad peace and blessing be upon him related  that:

 " Allah willed to test three men who were a leper, a blind man and a bald-headed man. So, He sent them an angel.

The angel came to the leper and said, 'What  do you most desire?” ' He replied, "Good color and good skin, for the people have a strong aversion to me.' The angel touched him and his illness was cured, and he was given a good color and beautiful skin. The angel asked him, 'What kind of property do you  like best?' He replied, 'Camels . So he (i.e. the leper) was given a pregnant she-camel, and the angel said (to him), 'May Allah bless you  in it.'

The angel then went to the bald-headed  man and said, 'What  do you  most desire?”' He said, 'I like good hair and wish to be cured of this disease, for the people feel repulsion for me.' The angel touched him and his illness was cured, and  he was given  good hair. The angel asked (him), 'What kind of property do you  like bests' He replied, 'Cows,' The angel gave him a pregnant cow and said, 'May Allah bless you in it.'

 Then the angel went to the blind man and asked, 'What do you most desire?” ' He said, '(I like) that Allah may restore my eye-sight to me so that I may see the people.' The angel touched his eyes and Allah gave him back his eye-sight. The angel asked him, "What kind of property do you like best?' He replied, 'Sheep.' The angel gave him a pregnant sheep. Afterwards, all the three pregnant animals gave birth to young ones, and multiplied and brought forth so much that one of the (three) men had a herd of camels filling a valley, and one had a herd of cows filling a valley, and one had a flock of sheep filling a valley.

Then the angel, disguised in the shape and appearance of a leper, went to the leper and said, I am a poor man, who has lost all means of livelihood while on a journey. So none will satisfy my need except Allah and then you. In the Name of Him Who has given you such nice color and beautiful skin, and so much property, I ask you  to give me a camel so that I may reach my destination. The man replied, 'I have many obligations (so I cannot give you).' The angel said, 'I think I know you; were you not previously a leper to whom the people had a strong aversion? Weren't you a poor man, and then Allah gave you (all this property).' He replied, '(This is all wrong), I got this property through  inheritance from my fore-fathers' The angel said, 'If you are telling a lie, then let Allah make you as you were before. '

Then the angel, disguised in the shape and appearance of a bald man, went to the bald man and said to him the same as he told the first one, and he too answered the same as the first one did. The angel said, 'If you are telling a lie, then let Allah make you as you were before.'

The angel, disguised in the shape of a blind man, went to the blind man and said, 'I am a poor man and a traveler, whose means of livelihood have been exhausted while on a journey. I have nobody to help me except Allah, and after Him, you yourself. I ask you in the Name of Him Who has given you back your eye-sight to give me a sheep, so that with its help, I may complete my journey' The man said, 'No doubt, I was blind and Allah gave me back my eye-sight; I was poor and Allah made me rich; so take anything you wish from my property. By Allah, I will not stop you for taking anything (you need) of my property which you may take for Allah's sake.'

The angel replied, 'Keep your property with you . You (i.e 3 men) have been  tested and Allah is pleased with you and  is angry with your two companions."

 

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 Some of us hestitate to give in charity because we doubt if the person who will receive it will use it properly, lets learn from this Prophetic teaching why we should never hesistate.

Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: A man expressed his intention to give charity, so he came out with charity and placed it in the hand of an adulteress. In the morning, the people were talking and saying: charity was given to an adulteress last night. He (the giver of Sadaqa) said: O Allah, to Thee be the praise-to an adulteress. The man  again expressed his intention to give charity; so he went out with the charity and placed it in the hand of who turned out to be a rich person. In the morning the people were talking and saying: Charity was given to a rich person. He (the giver of charity) said: O Allah, to Thee be the praise-to a well-to-do person. He then expressed  his intention to give charity, so he went out with charity and placed it in the hand of who turned out to be a thief. In the morning, the people were talking and saying: Charity was given to a thief. So (one of the persons) said: O Allah, to Thee be the praise (what a misfortune it is that charity has been given to) the adulteress, to a rich person. to a thief! There came (the angel to him) and he was told: Your charity has been accepted; as for the adulteress (the charity might become the means) whereby she might restrain herself from fornication. The rich man might perhaps learn a lesson and spend from what Allah has given him, and the thief might thereby refrain from committing theft.

 

 In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful

((. As for him who gives (in charity) and keeps his duty to Allâh and fears Him, And believes in the good,We will make smooth for him the path of ease (goodness) )) 

Glorious Quran, Chapter: 92   Verse: 5 

 


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