Alms-giving


The best of alms is that which the right hand giveth, and the left hand knoweth not of.

The best of almsgiving is that which springeth from the heart, and is uttered by the lips to soften the wounds of the injured.

Almsgiving is duty unto you. Alms should be taken from the rich and returned to the poor.

There are seven people whom God will draw under His own shadow, on the day when there will be no other shadow; one of them a man who hath given alms and concealed it, so that his left hand knew not what his right hand did.

Muhammad said, “It is indispensable for every Muslim to give alms.” The companions asked, “But if he hath not anything to give?” He said, “If he hath nothing, he must do a work with his hand, by which to obtain something and benefit himself; and give alms with the remainder.” They said, “But if he is not able to do that work, to benefit himself and give alms to others?” The Rasul (Muhammad) said, “Then he should assist the needy and the oppressed.” They asked, “What if he is not able to assist the oppressed?” He said, “Then he should exhort people to do good.” They asked, “And if he cannot?” He said, “Then let him withold himself from doing harm to people; for verily that is as alms and charity for him.”

The people of the Rasul’s house killed a goat, and the Rasul enquired, “What remaineth of it?” Aishah said, “Nothing but its shoulder; for we have sent the rest to the poor and neighbors.” The Rasul said, “The whole goat remaineth except its shoulder; that is, that remaineth which ye have given away, and what ye have kept in the house is frail.”

The angels asked, “O God! Is there anything of Thy creation stronger than rocks?” God said, “Yes; iron is stronger than rocks, for it breaketh them.” The angels said, “O Lord! Is there anything of Thy creation stornger than iron?” God said, “Yes; fire is stronger than iron, for it melteth it.” And the angels said, O defender! Is there anything of Thy creation stronger than fire?” God said, “Yes; water overcometh fire; it killeth it and maketh it cold.” Then the angels said, “O Lord! Is there anything of Thy creation stronger than water?” God said, “Yes; wind overcometh water: it agitateth it and putteth it in motion.” They said, “O our cherisher! Is there anything in Thy creation stronger than wind?” God said, “Yes, the children of Adam, giving alms; that is, those who give with their right hands and conceal if from their left, they overcome all.”

The most excellent of alms is that of a man of small property, which he has earned by labor, and from which he giveth as much as he is able.

Giving alms to the poor hath the reward of one alms; but that given to kindred hath two rewards; one, the reward of alms, the other the reward of helping relations.

A man’s first duty should be to his own family, if poor.

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