The Prophet (saw) was the most generous of people in giving charity, but he was even more generous during the month of Ramadaan. He was more generous and faster in giving charity than a blowing wind.
Anas (ra) narrated that the Prophet (saw) said: “The best charity is the one given during Ramadan.”
Charity is not limited to giving money.
- It is also helping another person in their time of need
- Donating what is beloved to you for the sake of Allah
- Designating a dwelling place (depending on your profession) to one who can’t afford it
- Smiling at your brother
- Helping your family with the chores
- Mending the ties of kinship
- Teaching your family about Islam
- Helping to lay out the food just before breaking the fast (at the musjid, at home or anywhere else you may be)
This month is an excellent opportunity for us all to gain an immense amount of reward, with the correct intention of pleasing Allah, from every day tasks that we normally do.
Set yourself a target of doing a minimum of one charity every single day, without fail, for the entire month of Ramadaan.
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever gives charity equal to a date from good (halal) earnings – for Allaah does not accept anything but that which is good – Allaah will take it in His right hand and tend it for the one who gave it as any one of you tends his foal, until it becomes like a mountain.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1344; Muslim, 1014.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah said: ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.’”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5073; Muslim, 993
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no day on which the people get up but two angels come down and one of them says, ‘O Allaah, give in compensation to the one who spends (in charity),’ and the other says, ‘O Allaah, destroy the one who withholds.’”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1374; Muslim, 1010.
In another narration, the Prophet (saw) said, “Wealth is not decreased by charity, so give in charity. A servant does not pardon an injustice seeking the countenance of Allah except that Allah will raise him by it.”
Source: Sahih Muslim 2588
Muslim (2983) narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The one who sponsors an orphan, whether it is a relative of his or not, he and I will be like these two in Paradise,” and Maalik pointed with his forefinger and middle finger.
“One who cares for widows and the poor is like those who fight in the way of Allah or those who spend their days fasting and their nights praying.” [Agreed upon, also in Adab al-Mufrad of Imaam Al-Bukhari in chapter “The Virtue of Those Who Care for Orphans”]
“Whoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Judgment” [Saheeh Muslim]
It was narrated from Abu Huraira (ra) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Wealth does not decrease because of charity, and Allaah increases His slave in honour when he forgives others. And no one humbles himself before Allaah but Allaah will raise him (in status).”
Narrated by Muslim, 2588.
A scholar of the past included it in a chapter entitled: “The recommendation of forgiveness and humility.”
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “And no one humbles himself before Allaah but Allaah will raise him (in status).”
This is understood in two ways:
- The first is that He will raise him (in status) in this world, and give him status in people’s hearts because of his humility, and give him a high status in people’s eyes.
- The second is meant his reward in the Hereafter, where his status will be raised because of his humility in this world.