Islamic Date

06 Shawwal

English Date

28 May

Reminding Recipients of One's Charity

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "There are three people whom Allah will not speak to, look at, or exonerate on the Day of Judgement, and who will have a painful torment: he who wears the hem of his garment low (out of pride), he who reminds recipients of his charity to them, and he who sells merchandise swearing that he paid more for it than he actually did."

If Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) allowed someone to be in a position to earn His reward by giving in charity, their proper attitude should be one of gratitude towards those whom they managed to earn hasanaat by. If instead they adopt the lowly attitude of demeaning people who had to expose their weakness out of need, it is unforgivable. It destroys the self esteem of the person’s entire family to be reminded of the charity that they were given.

Unfortunately, this is quite a common vice these days. It seems that people forget that they gave the charity for the pleasure of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)!

It is easier to do good deeds than it is to safeguard them! Would you ever set fire to your own property, property that you had worked hard to gather? Then why remind people of your favour to them and destroy the hasanaat you accumulated by your good deed?