Reach for the Peak of Generosity in Ramadan

Reach for the Peak of Generosity in Ramadan
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It was narrated on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaas  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him that the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) was the most generous of all people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan when Jibreel  may  Allah  exalt  his  mention used to meet him. Jibreel  may  Allah  exalt  his  mention used to meet him every night of Ramadan to teach him the Quran. The Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) was the most generous person – even more generous than the strong uncontrollable wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds). [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

In the narration of Imam Ahmad  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him the following addition was mentioned: “He was never asked something without giving it.” [Ahmad] [Shu‘ayb Al-Arnaa’oot: Saheeh]

Az-Zayn ibn Al-Munayyir  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him explained the simile between his generosity and the uncontrollable wind, saying that the wind is sent by Allah The Almighty with mercy to spread beneficial rain which reaches all parts of the ground, so that it encompasses all those who are in need of it as well as others who are self-sufficient. Similarly, his generosity reached everyone.

Some scholars said that the generosity of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) is superior to that of other people; it is more superior in Ramadan to other months, and it is more superior during the nights of Ramadan when Jibreel  may  Allah  exalt  his  mention met him. Ibn Al-Malik  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him explained this saying, “The more superior the time is, the more recommended is generosity therein.” Ibn ‘Umar  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  them said, “I did not see anyone who is more generous or noble than the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ).

O slave of Allah! This was the condition of your Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) regarding charity in Ramadan, and he is our ultimate role model. Then, where do you stand in this respect?

Imam Ash-Shaafi‘i  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said, "I recommend you to increase charity in Ramadan, following the example of the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) as people need money for their interests and as many of them are busy observing fasting and prayer to look for worldly gains."

Do not forget that the holy month of Ramadan is a great season for giving charity, and that fasting invites you to feed the hungry, and give the poor.

Ibn Rajab  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said, "The generosity of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) doubled in the month of Ramadan, and this has many benefits, including:

1. The virtue of the month, and the multiplied rewards for the deeds during it. In a Marfoo‘ Hadeeth that was narrated on the authority of Anas  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him he said: “The best charity is the charity of Ramadan. [At-Tirmithi and Al-Albaani: Dha‘eef]

2. Helping those who are fasting and remembering Allah The Almighty with their worship, so he deserves the like of their reward, like the one who receives the reward of fighting in the cause of Allah The Almighty because he equipped someone else to do so.

3. Combining fasting and charity entails entering Paradise. ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: “‘There are chambers in Paradise whose outside can be seen from their inside and whose inside can be seen from their outside.’ Abu Moosa Al-Ash‘ari  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him asked, ‘For whom are they prepared, O Messenger of Allah?’ The Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) replied: ‘For those who speak kindly, give food (as charity), maintain fasting and pray at night while people are asleep.'” [Ahmad]

All these attributes exist in Ramadan so that the fasting person is prohibited from false words and actions.

Offering prayer, fasting and giving charity allow the Muslim to attain the satisfaction of Allah The Almighty. Abu Hurayrah  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: “‘Who is fasting among you today?’ Abu Bakr replied, ‘Me.’ He (the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) again) said: ‘Who among you followed a funeral today?’ Abu Bakr replied, ‘Me.’ He (the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) again) said: ‘Who among you gave charity today?’ Abu Bakr replied, ‘Me.’ He (again) said: ‘Who among you visited a sick person today?’ Abu Bakr said, ‘Me.’ Upon this the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: ‘Anyone in whom these (good deeds) are combined will certainly enter Paradise.’” [Muslim]

The combination of fasting and charity has a great influence on the expiation of sins, and in protection from Hell – especially if it is joined to the night prayer. Mu‘aath  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: “Charity extinguishes sins as water extinguishes Fire.” [At-Tirmithi and Al-Albaani: Saheeh] Abu Ad-Dardaa’  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him says: "Pray in the darkness of the night two Rak‘ahs so as to avoid the darkness of the grave, fast during hot days so as to avoid the heat of the Day of Resurrection, give secret charity to avoid the horror of the Last Day."

There may be some shortcomings in our fasts; however, the expiation of sins is contingent on abstaining from them. Charity rectifies the shortcomings and mistakes that occur while fasting, so it is obligatory to give Zakat-ul-Fitr at the end of Ramadan, as a means of purifying the fasting person from idle words and inappropriate speech.

Through giving, you lend your Lord a beautiful loan, so that you will find your charity on the Last Day when you will be poor and needy.

You may find your way to Paradise through a sip of water, a handful of dates, fruits, food, money and clothing that you give to a needy person.

Nothing preserves money better than charity, and nothing causes money to increase better than Zakah (obligatory charity). Many rich men died and left behind them fortunes, treasures and palaces, all of which turned against them to be reasons for their grief, regret and sorrow, because they did not use it in the proper way. Tomorrow it will be clear who is the winner and who is the loser.

O you who observe fasting, remember that Ramadan invites you to spend in charity, to have mercy for the poor and the needy, and at the same time, it is a call to lend your Lord a beautiful loan in this world so that He will recompense you when you meet Him. Allah Says (what means): {If you loan Allah a goodly loan, He will multiply it for you and forgive you. And Allah is Most appreciative and Forbearing.} [Quran 64:17] Remember that money, treasures and palaces are doomed to loss. Consider the saying of the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention )Charity never decreases property.” [Muslim]

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