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16 June 2019 CE | 13 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

The Poor Giving Sadaqa

It was narrated that Abu Masud (radi Allahu anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) used to enjoin charity, then one of us would go out and carry goods for others until he had earned a Mudd, but one of them nowadays has one hundred thousand (Dinar or Dirham).” Shaqiq said: “It was as if he was hinting that this was he himself.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

This narration tells us that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) used to encourage his Companions to give Sadaqa even though they were poor. So the Sahabah would do whatever work they could find and donate their earnings as Sadaqah. The narrator Abu Masud (radi Allahu anhu) was one such person. The reward for spending in the Path of Allah was granted to him in this life as well and he later became very wealthy. May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) preserve his reward of the Akhirah too. Ameen.

Abu Masud (radi Allahu anhu) narrated the case but did not mention that it was his story in order to avoid showing off. His intention was only to incite others to do good deeds. This shows the sincerity of the Companions of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).

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