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19 June 2019 CE | 16 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Old Dress

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whosoever puts on a new dress and has means, should give away his old dress to the poor.” [Tirmidhi]

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) guided us in all matters of life. A Muslim’s wardrobe is limited because they care about their fellow human beings, for the sake of Allah’s happiness. So when they get a new dress they should give away one of their old dresses to the poor. This is a way of recycling usable material and also taking care of the needs of the needy.

As with all deeds, the intention should be to seek the pleasure of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) rather than humanitarianism, taking care of the environment, or any other motive. Allah’s laws and recommendations already take care of people, their environment and, in fact, all creatures. It is our Maker and Cherisher we should seek to please.

When oil riggs are set up, the trillions spent are not for the useful by-product we call Vaseline. It is oil for which the expenditure is incurred and petroleum jelly is just a useful by-product. So also, when we follow Allah’s laws and recommendations, the thing of real value is Allah’s Pleasure, while the resulting benefits to humans and other creatures is the useful by-product.

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