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-Ḥasan Al-Baṣrī – 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-Khaṭīb Al-Baghdādī, Al-Faqīh wa Al-Mutafaqqih article 53.

Styles of Charity: Aishah and Asma

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

Al-Bukhārī, Al-Adab Al-Mufrad. Shaykh Al-Albānī grades its chain of transmission ṣaḥīḥ in Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Adab Al-Mufrad Vol.1 p123.

Giving to spread Knowledge

It is reported that ʿAbdullāh b. Al-Mubārak – Allāh’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 ḥadīth 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 Muḥammad – Allāh’s peace and blessings be upon him. I do not know of anything more virtuous, after Prophecy, than spreading knowledge.”

Al-Dhahabī, Siyar A’lām Al-Nubalā`, in his biography of ʿAbdullāh b. Al-Mubārak.

Generosity and Community in Ramadan

It is reported that Ḥammād b. Abī Sulaymān was a wealthy man, he used to provide ifṭār (meal to end the fast) for five hundred people in Ramaḍān, and would give each of them one hundred dirham after ‘Eid.

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

Al-Dhahabī, Siyar A’lām Al-Nubalā`, in his biography of Ḥammād b. Abī Sulaymān.