Benevolence and Generosity


Hadith & Seerah, The Noble Traits of His Character, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Whenever the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) received any money or charity, he would not enter his home until he had disbursed the whole of it among the poor and deserving people. [Nashrut-Tib]

Whenever the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) came across a destitute person, he would give away even his meals to him or her in disregard of his own need. His beneficence and generosity had diverse forms. Sometimes he would give somebody something as a donation, sometimes as a gift. At other times he would give someone his or her right. Now and again he would buy some cloth and after paying the price would make a present of the cloth to the seller, or pay more than the named price. Occasionally he would accept a present and then pay a reward several times more in value. [Madarij-un-Nabuwah]

Hadrat Jabir (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Holy Prophet (SaHallahu Alaihi Wasallam) never refused to give anything to anyone asking for it. (if he had it, he would give it at once; if not, he would promise to give it some other time, or prayed to ALLAH to provide it to the man by some other means). [Shamail-e-Tirmizi]

He used to practice charity in various ways in spite of the fact that He himself led a hard life. Sometimes a month, or even two would pass before kitchen fire was lit in his house. Quite often he used to bind a piece of stone to his belly to quell the pangs of hunger. This austerity in the life of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was due, not because of lack of means, but due to asceticism and generosity. Often he provided his wives with maintenance expenses for the whole year while retaining nothing for himself. [Madarij-un-Nabuwah]

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