charity

The Value of Avoiding Haram Income

It is reported that Mālik b. Dīnār – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

It is better for a man to leave one ḥarām dirham than to give one hundred thousand in charity.

Abū Bakr Al-Daynūrī, Al-Mujālasah wa Jawāhir Al-ʿIlm 5:125.

Give the World for Islamic Knowledge

It is reported that Imām Al-Hasan Al-Basrī – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

To learn a single topic of knowledge and teach it to a Muslim is more beloved to me than having the whole world and giving it in the cause of Allāh.

Al-Khatīb Al-Baghdādī, Al-Faqīh wa Al-Mutafaqqih article 53.

Styles of Charity: Aishah and Asma

‘Abdullâh b. Al-Zubayr said, “I have never seen two women more generous than ‘Â`ishah and Asmâ`. They had different ways of being generous. As for ‘Â`ishah, she used to gather things, until she had a collection, then she would distribute it. As for Asmâ`, she would never keep anything until the next day.”

Al-Bukhârî, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad. Shaykh Al-Albânî grades its chain of transmission sahîh in Sahîh Al-Adab Al-Mufrad Vol.1 p123.

Giving to spread Knowledge

It is reported that ‘Abdullâh b. Al-Mubârak – Allâh’s mercy be upon him – was criticized for spending on [other people in] other lands and not his own. In response, he said, “I know the locations of virtuous, sincere and truthful people who seek and study hadîth and do it well because people are in need of them. They are needy, and if we leave them, their knowledge will be lost; but if we help them, they will spread knowledge to the Ummah of Muhammad – Allâh’s peace and blessings be upon him. I do not know of anything more virtuous, after Prophecy, than spreading knowledge.”

Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ`, in his biography of ‘Abdullâh b. Al-Mubârak.

Generosity and Community in Ramadan

It is reported that Hammâd b. Abî Sulaymân was a wealthy man, he used to provide iftâr (meal to end the fast) for five hundred people in Ramadân, and would give each of them one hundred dirham after ‘Eid.

It is also reported that he used to provide iftâr for fifty poor people a day in Ramadân, and on the eve of ‘Eid he would give each of them clothes to wear.

Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ`, in his biography of Hammâd b. Abî Sulaymân.