TheFinalMessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE
Ayah – Reminding Receivers of Charity;
"They who spend their wealth in the cause of Allah and do not follow their charity with reminders of their generosity or injure the feeling of the recipient, shall get their reward from their Rabb; they shall have nothing to fear or to regret. Kind speech and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury, and Allah is free of all wants, the Forbearing."
[Surah Baqarah, Verse 262-263]
Allah praises those who spend from their money in His cause, and then refrain from reminding those who received the charity of that fact, whether these hints take the form of words or action.
Causing harm to the recipients of charity will annul it.
There shall be no fear on the Day of Resurrection for those who give in charity. They shall not grieve for their offspring nor miss the delights of this world that they leave behind as they shall acquire that which is far better for them.
There are several hadiths that prohibit reminding people of acts of charity. Imam Muslim recorded that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,
"Three persons whom Allah shall neither speak to on the Day of Resurrection nor look at nor purify, and they shall grieve a painful torment are: he who reminds (the people) of what he gives away, he who lengthens his clothes below the ankles and he who swears an oath while lying, to sell his merchandise."
Sahabah & Charity;
Umar ibn Al-Khattab reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, ordered us to give charity and at the time I possessed some wealth. I said to myself, “If there is a day I can do better than Abu Bakr, then this is the one.” So I went with half of my wealth to the Messenger of Allah and he said, “What have you left for your family?” I said, “The same amount.” Then Abu Bakr came with everything he had. The Prophet said, “O Abu Bakr, what have you left for your family?” He said, “Allah and His messenger.” I said, “By Allah, I will never do better than Abu Bakr.”
[Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 3675]
Hadith – Charity;
"The believer's shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity."
[Reported by Imam Al-Tirmidhi (Rahimahumullah)]
[Hadith Qudsi 11]
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said that Allah The Glorious and Exalted Says: ‘Spend (on charity), O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’
[Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.11 Narrated by Abu Huraira]
A man asked the Prophet (saws), "O Allah's Messenger (saws)! What kind of charity is the best?" He (saws) replied. "To give in charity when you are healthy and greedy hoping to be wealthy and afraid of becoming poor. Don't delay giving in charity till the time when you are on the death bed when you say, 'Give so much to so-and-so and so much to so-and so,' as at that time the property is not yours but it belongs to so-and-so (i.e. your inheritors)."
[Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 2.492 Narrated by Haritha bin Wahab]
I heard the Prophet (saws) saying, "O people! Give in charity as a time will come upon you when a person will wander about with his object of charity and will not find anybody to accept it, and one (who will be requested to take it) will say, "If you had brought it yesterday, I would have taken it, but today I am not in need of it."
[Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.793 Narrated by Adi bin Hatim]
I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) saying, "Save yourself from the (Hell) Fire even with half a date (to be given in charity); and if you do not find a half date, then with a good pleasant word."
[Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2860 Narrated by Abu Sa'id al-Khudri]
The Prophet (saws) said: ‘A man giving a dirham as sadaqah (charity) during his life is better than giving one hundred dirhams as charity at the moment of his death.’
[Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 6.543 Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar]
Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Envy is not permissible except of two men. A man whom Allah has given the knowledge of the Book and he recites it during the hours of the night, and a man whom Allah has given wealth, and he spends it in charity during the night and the hours of the day."
[Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.764 Narrated by Asma]
Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Give (in charity) and do not give reluctantly lest Allah should give you in a limited amount; and do not withhold your money lest Allah should withhold it from you."
[Sahih Muslim Hadith 7061 Narrated by Abdullah ibn ash-Shikhkhir]
Allah's Messenger (saws) said: ‘The son of Adam claims: ‘My wealth! My wealth!..... O son of Adam, is there anything as your belonging except that which you consumed, which you utilized, or which you wore and then it was worn out, or that which you gave as charity and sent it forward (for the life Hereafter)?’
[Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 1527 Narrated by Mu'adh ibn Jabal]
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: ‘Charity obliterates sins just as water extinguishes fire.’