Sunday, 4 January 2015

The Good Word Is Charity
















  قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : " اتَّقُوا النَّارَ وَلَوْ بِشِقِّ تَمْرَةٍ ، فَإِنْ لَمْ تَجِدُوا فَبِكَلِمَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ "


The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him Say : «Fear the Fire, even with half a date, And If You Don't find Then By good Word .




Allaah The Exalted instructs His Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), to enjoin his Ummah (Muslim nation) to practice goodness and make it their intrinsic quality and moral characteristic.  He Says (what means): {Take what is given freely, enjoin what is good} [Quran 7:199] The prominent scholar of Tafseer (exegesis) Ibn Sa‘di  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said,
"Saying {enjoin what is good} includes every good word, beautiful deed and perfect morals towards relatives and strangers. Be keen on goodness to people through teaching knowledge, enjoining good such as maintaining ties of kinship, dutifulness to parents, reconciling people, offering some useful advice or a right opinion, cooperation in righteousness and piety, and forbidding evil or guiding to obtain an interest, whether religious or worldly." [Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan fi Tafseer Kalaam Al-Mannaan]


عَنْ جَابِرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ - رضي الله عنهما - عَنِ النَّبِيِّ - صلى الله عليه وسلم – قَالَ: «كُلُّ مَعْرُوفٍ صَدَقَةٌ »


 

The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), informed us that: "Every act of goodness is a charity." [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim] Thus, you are rewarded for every act of goodness you perform. Many texts came to show us different kinds of good deeds. For example, Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Messenger of Allaah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said:
"There is a (compulsory) charity to be given for every joint of the human body (as a sign of gratitude to Allaah) every day the sun rises. To judge justly between two persons is regarded as a charity. To help a man concerning his riding animal by helping him to ride it or by lifting his luggage on to it is also regarded as a charity, and (saying) a good word is also a charity. Every step taken on one's way to offer the obligatory prayer (in the mosque) is also a charity. To remove a harmful thing from the way is also a charity." [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim] 
 
The good deeds mentioned by the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), include deeds with general benefit, such as reconciling people and helping a man concerning his riding animal by helping him to ride it by lifting his luggage onto it. Saying good words which includes greeting and responding to a person who sneezes, removing a harmful thing from the pathways, enjoining good, forbidding evil, aiding the needy, helping the deaf to hear and the weak sighted to see and guiding the blind are some other good deeds that come under the same category. Other acts whose benefit does not transcend the one who does them, include utterances of glorification of Allaah The Almighty, utterances proclaiming His greatness, praise and professing His oneness, walking to prayers and praying the two Rak‘ahs (units of prayer) of Dhuha (mid-morning prayer). [Jaami‘ Al-‘Uloom wal Hikam]
 
 
قال رسول الله - صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم -:  أحبُّ الناس إلى الله: أنفعهم للناس، وأحب الأعمال إلى الله: سُرور تُدخِله على مسلم، أو تَكشف عنه كُربةً، أو تقضي عنه دَينًا، أو تَطرُد عنه جوعًا، ولئن أمشي مع أخٍ لي في حاجة، أحبُّ إليَّ من أن أَعتكفَ في هذا المسجد شهرًا - مسجد المدينة - ومن كفَّ غضَبه، ستَر الله عَورته، ومن كظَم غيظه ولو شاء أن يُمضيه أمضاه، ملأ الله قلبه رضًا يوم القيامة، ومن مشى مع أخيه في حاجة حتى يُثبِتها له، ثبَّت الله قدَمه يوم تزلُّ الأقدام، وإن سوء الخُلق ليُفسد العمل كما يُفسِد الخَلُّ العَسلَ ؛ ابن أبي الدنيا، قال الألباني: حسن، في صحيح الجامع، برقْم (176).

 
 
Among the types of charity is what was mentioned in the Hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with both of them, that a man came to the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), and said,
"‘O Messenger of Allaah, who are the dearest people to Allaah and the dearest deeds to Allaah?’ The Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) replied: ‘The dearest among people to Allaah is the one who is most beneficial to people, and the dearest of deeds to Allaah is to bring happiness to a fellow Muslim, or relieve him of distress, or pay off his debt or stave away hunger from him. It is better for me to walk with my Muslim brother in his time of need than to stay secluded in this mosque of Madeenah for a month. Whoever holds back his anger, Allaah will cover his faults and whoever suppresses his fury while being able to execute it, Allaah will fill his heart with satisfaction on the Day of Judgment. Whoever walks with his brother in need until he establishes that for him, Allaah will establish his feet firmly on the day when all feet would slip." [At-Tabaraani] [Al-Albaani: Hasan]
 
 
أخرج مسلم في صحيحه من حديث أبي ذر رضي الله عنه قال: قال لي النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: لا تحقرن من المعروف شيئا ولو أن تلقى أخاك بوجه طلق.

وفي رواية عند أحمد من حديث أبي جري الهجيمي قال: أتيت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقلت: يا رسول الله إنا قوم من أهل البادية فعلمنا شيئا ينفعنا الله تبارك وتعالى به، قال: لا تحقرن من المعروف شيئا ولو أن تفرغ من دلوك في إناء المستسقي، ولو أن تكلم أخاك ووجهك إليه منبسط، وإياك وتسبيل الإزار فإنه من الخيلاء والخيلاء لا يحبها الله عز وجل، وإن امرؤ سبك بما يعلم فيك فلا تسبه بما تعلم فيه فإن أجره لك ووباله على من قال. قال شعيب الأرناؤوط .  إسناده صحيح
 
 
It was narrated on the authority of Abu JurayyAl-Hujaymi  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that he said,  “I came to the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and said,O Messenger of Allaah, we are a people living in the desert, teach us something with which Allaah The Almighty and Exalted may benefit us?’ He said: ‘Do not hold in contempt any act of goodness even if it is pouring water from your cup into the container of one seeking water and even talking to your brother with a cheerful countenance.’"  [Ahmad] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh]
 
 
 عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: ((حق المسلم على المسلم ست: إذا لقيته فسلِّم عليه , وإذا دعاك فأجبه , وإذا استنصحك فانصح له , وإذا عطس فحَمِد الله فشمِّته , وإذا مرض فعُدْه , وإذا مات فاتبعه)) رواه مسلم في صحيحه.
 
 
Among other types of charity is paying the rights to their owners. Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Messenger of Allaah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: ‘Six are the rights of a Muslim over another Muslim.’ It was said to him, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, what are these?’ Thereupon he said: ‘When you meet him, offer him greetings; when he invites you to a feast accept it. When he seeks your counsel, give it to him, and when he sneezes and says: All praise is due to Allaah, you say Yarhamuk Allaah (may Allaah show mercy to you); and when he falls ill visit him; and when he dies follow his bier." [Muslim] 
 

 

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