Saturday, January 26, 2008

Significance of charity...

Assalamo alaikm wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuh!
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
`If any Muslim clothes a Muslim when he is naked (in this world), Allah will clothe him with green garments of Paradise in the Hereafter;
if any Muslim feeds a Muslim when he is hungry (in this world), Allah will feed him with some of the fruits of Paradise in the Hereafter;
and if any Muslim gives a Muslim drink when he is thirsty (in this world), Allah will give him some of the pure wine which is sealed to drink in the Hereafter.`
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 167 8 Narrated by Abu Sa`id al-Khudri
Abu Hurayrah (Radhi Allahu Anhu) narrated the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said,

“A man said, "Tonight, I shall give charity.'' He went out with his charity and (unknowingly) gave it to an adulteress. The next morning the people said that alms were given to an adulteress. The man said, "O Allah! All the praises are for You. (I gave my alms) to an adulteress. Tonight, I shall give alms again.'' He went out with his charity and (unknowingly) gave it to a rich person. The next morning (the people) said, "Last night, a wealthy person was given alms.'' He said, "O Allah! All the praises are for You. (I gave alms) to a wealthy man. Tonight, I shall again give charity.'' So he went out with his charity and (unknowingly) gave it to a thief. The next morning (the people) said, "Last night, a thief was given alms.'' He said, "O Allah! All the praises are for You. (I have given alms) to an adulteress, a wealthy man and a thief.'' Then, someone came to him and said, "The alms that you gave away were accepted. As for the adulteress, the alms might make her abstain from adultery. As for the wealthy man, it might make him take a lesson and spend his wealth that Allah has given him. As for the thief, it might make him abstain from stealing.''”(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

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