Benevolence


Hadith & Seerah, The Noble Traits of His Character, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Hadrat lbn -e- Abbas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated: The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was more generous than anyone else (that is, no one could equal him in generosity). Though he himself lived a poor man’s life, he was more generous than kings. Once a woman presented a wrapping sheet at a time of dire need. Just as he (Holy Prophet) put it about his shoulders, some one begged for it and he gave it away without hesitation. He used to borrow money to help the needy. When the lender pressed for repayment, he would pay if he got something from somewhere. Anything left over he would distribute among other needy people, and would not enter his house so long as any thing remained undisbursed. During the whole month of Ramadan, he was particularly generous. (His generosity during the other eleven months would not equal his generosity during this particular month). When the angel Gabrial would visit him during the months revealing the word of ALLAAH, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was more munificent and benevolent than the rain laden monsoon. [Khasa’il -e- Nabaw]

It is related in a tradition of Tirmizi that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) once received ninety thousand dinars (equivalent to more than twenty thousand rupees) from some where. He had them heaped on a piece of coarse cloth and distributed them then and there. After nothing was left, a needy person came. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “I have nothing left with me now. Borrow from some one in my name.  I will repay when I have money.” [Khasa’il -e- Nabawi]

Hadrat Jâbir (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that it never happened that anyone asked the Prophet for something and was refused. Hadrat Anas (ALLAAH be pleased with him) has related that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) never kept any thing for the morrow. Hadrat lbn-e- Abbas has related that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was the most gerrous of all men, and was particularly so in Ramadan. [Bukhari]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) had six dinars one day. He spent four, and two remained with him. The whole night he could not sleep on their account. Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) said: “That is nothing serious. Give them away tomorrow (in charity).” The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) answered: ‘O Humaira! (title of Hadrat Aishah) How do I know whether I will survive till tomorrow or not?” [Mishkat -ul- Masabih]

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