Generosity is a virtuous trait that every Muslim should strive for. As for the believer, who closely follows the teachings of Islam, kindness and dedication from the fact that he became part of his good character.
Generosity is the opposite of stinginess, because stinginess is a heart disease. A Muslim should avoid this poor quality, as he is a source of corruption. The faith and righteous deeds of a Muslim purify his heart, therefore his hands must be extended, giving those who need it.
A generous person will share what he has with others, thinking of other people, thinking of himself. He wins by helping others and solving their problems. He makes people happy and prevents them from doing wrong, which is often a direct result of poverty. This is an excellent service for the community, and there are some people who spend their lives in this ministry, creating valuable foundations that remain after them, such as hospitals, libraries, etc.
No matter what is given to Allah, he will never diminish his wealth in the least; rather, he blesses, purifies and enhances him, as the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“Charity does not diminish wealth.” [Muslim]
That which is given in charity will be recorded with the one who has full knowledge of everything. Allah, Almighty, Says:
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The Prophet (SAW) drew the attention of Muslims to this higher understanding of generosity when he asked: “Aahish, may Allah be pleased with her, what remains of the sheep they killed. She said to him, (SAW): “Nothing but a shoulder.” (SAW) said: “Everything except the shoulder is saved.”
All that is spent will return, and Allah will increase it in this world and in the hereafter. Allah says:
“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows in seven thorns; in each thorn – a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. Allah is all-encompassing and knowledgeable. ”
(Quran 2: 261)
And (which means): “… But no matter what you spend [in His cause] He compensates for this; and He is the best supplier. ”
(Quran 34: 39)
Since the noble characteristics are acquired in different ways, the Muslim works on the development of virtuous traits in accordance with Islamic principles. Allah says:
“And spend [in the way of Allah] from what We have given you before death approaches one of you, and he says: “Lord, if You had detained me for a short time, so that I would give charity and become among the righteous.” (Quran 63: 10)
Generosity is not expressed solely by wealth and money, but also with our time, good deeds, actions and kindness for all people. Allah says:
“You will never achieve [reward] until you spend [in the way of Allah] from that which you love…”
(Quran 3: 92)
Allah, Almighty Says:
“Indeed, humanity was shaken: when evil touches it, impatient, and when it is well touched, holding [of it]… ” (Quran 70: 19-21)
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Protect yourself from the fire of Hell, even giving a piece of the date as charity.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
This narration shows that a person can be generous and win the pleasure of Allah, even by spending a small amount of wealth.
Jaabir, may Allah be pleased with him, said that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) never said “no” to anyone who asked him for something. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
This narrative illustrates the generosity of the Prophet (SAW). If someone asked him about something, he (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam ) never say no to him. Prophet (SAW) also resorts to borrowing to meet the need of a person in need.
The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihiu ala alah blessed) said: “Every day two angels come down, and one of them says:“ O Allah! Compensate (more) for the person who gives (in charity); and the other says, “O Allah! Destroy the one who holds (charity, etc.). “[Al-Bukhari]
The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) also said: “Allah, the exalted, says:`Spend, O son of Aadam, you will also be spent upon.” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
Generosity In Islam: According to the narration, spends in the way of Allah, will be properly paid. This means that Allah will strengthen the position of such a person and give him the best reward.
In another narration, the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“There are forty kinds of virtues, the highest of which is to gift a (milch) she-goat. He who practiced any of these virtues, expecting his reward (from Allah) and believing in the truth of the promise made for him, will enter Jannah (Paradise). ”
A person giving charity should not render it vain by reminders of his generosity or by injury. The giver should be cheerful when asked and when giving. He should spend without being stingy or irresponsible.
Whether giving in abundance from his riches, or a small amount of his meager means, one should give with complete satisfaction, a cheerful face and nice speech.
The Muslim who truly understands the teachings of his religion never looks down upon any charity, no matter how small it may be. He strives to do as much as he is able, while he is firm in his conviction that Allah will reward his good deeds, no matter how small, as Allah Says (what means):
“On no soul does Allah place a burden greater that it can bear …”
(Quran 2: 286)
He also responds to the words of the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam ( may Allah exalt his mention ) : “Protect yourselves from the Fire even if it is with half a date.”
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Generosity In Islam: Islam teaches the Muslims to be constructive, beneficial members of their societies; always helping those who are deprived and destitute to the best of their abilities. Every good deed is described as an act of charity, as the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Every Muslim must give charity.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, what if he cannot do that?” He, (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Then let him help one who is in desperate need.” He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam ( may Allah exalt his mention ) said, “Then let him do good, and refrain from doing evil, and that will be an act of charity on his part.”
[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]