Every Good Deed Is Charity – I

Every Good Deed Is Charity – I
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Allah The Exalted instructs His Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) to enjoin his Ummah (Muslim nation) to practice goodness and make it their intrinsic quality and moral characteristic. He Says (what means): {Take what is given freely, enjoin what is good} [Quran 7:199] The prominent scholar of Tafseer (exegesis) Ibn Sa‘di  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said:

"Saying {enjoin what is good} includes every good word, beautiful deed and perfect morals towards relatives and strangers. Be keen on goodness to people through teaching knowledge, enjoining good such as maintaining ties of kinship, dutifulness to parents, reconciling people, offering some useful advice or a right opinion, cooperation in righteousness and piety, and forbidding evil or guiding to obtain an interest, whether religious or worldly." [Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan fi Tafseer Kalaam Al-Mannaan]

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) informed us that: "Every act of goodness is a charity." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] Thus, you are rewarded for every act of goodness you perform. Many texts came to show us different kinds of good deeds. For example, Abu Hurayrah  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said:

"There is a (compulsory) charity to be given for every joint of the human body (as a sign of gratitude to Allah) every day the sun rises. To judge justly between two persons is regarded as a charity. To help a man concerning his riding animal by helping him to ride it or by lifting his luggage on to it is also regarded as a charity, and (saying) a good word is also a charity. Every step taken on one's way to offer the obligatory prayer (in the mosque) is also a charity. To remove a harmful thing from the way is also a charity." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The good deeds mentioned by the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) include deeds with general benefit, such as reconciling people and helping a man concerning his riding animal by helping him to ride it by lifting his luggage onto it. Saying good words which includes greeting and responding to a person who sneezes, removing a harmful thing from the pathways, enjoining good, forbidding evil, aiding the needy, helping the deaf to hear and the weak sighted to see and guiding the blind are some other good deeds that come under the same category. Other acts whose benefit does not transcend the one who does them, include utterances of glorification of Allah The Almighty, utterances proclaiming His greatness, praise and professing His oneness, walking to prayers and praying the two Rak‘ahs (units of prayer) of Dhuha (mid-morning prayer). [Jaami‘ Al-‘Uloom wal Hikam]

Among the types of charity is what was mentioned in the Hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  them that a man came to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) and said:

"‘O Messenger of Allah, who are the dearest people to Allah and the dearest deeds to Allah?’ The Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) replied: ‘The dearest among people to Allah is the one who is most beneficial to people, and the dearest of deeds to Allah is to bring happiness to a fellow Muslim, or relieve him of distress, or pay off his debt or stave away hunger from him. It is better for me to walk with my Muslim brother in his time of need than to stay secluded in this mosque of Madeenah for a month. Whoever holds back his anger, Allah will cover his faults and whoever suppresses his fury while being able to execute it, Allah will fill his heart with satisfaction on the Day of Judgment. Whoever walks with his brother in need until he establishes that for him, Allah will establish his feet firmly on the day when all feet would slip." [At-Tabaraani] [Al-Albaani: Hasan]

It was narrated on the authority of Abu Jurayy Al-Hujaymi  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him that he said, “I came to the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, we are a people living in the desert, teach us something with which Allah The Almighty and Exalted may benefit us?’ He said: ‘Do not hold in contempt any act of goodness even if it is pouring water from your cup into the container of one seeking water and even talking to your brother with a cheerful countenance.’" [Ahmad] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh]

Among other types of charity is paying the rights to their owners. Abu Hurayrah  may  Allah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: “‘Six are the rights of a Muslim over another Muslim.’ It was said to him, ‘O Messenger of Allah, what are these?’ Thereupon he said: ‘When you meet him, offer him greetings; when he invites you to a feast accept it. When he seeks your counsel, give it to him, and when he sneezes and says: All praise is due to Allah, you say Yarhamuk Allah (may Allah show mercy to you); and when he falls ill visit him; and when he dies follow his bier.’” [Muslim]

(To be continued)

 

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