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A Muslim man gave a barefoot stranger his shoes then walked home

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Published on Apr 30, 2014

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Generosity is a virtuous trait that every Muslim should strive to attain. As for the believer who closely adheres to the teachings of Islam, kindness and giving from what he has become part of his good character.
Generosity is the opposite of stinginess, as stinginess is a disease of the heart. The Muslim should avoid this bad quality, for it is a source of corruption. The Muslim's faith and righteous deeds purify his heart, so his hands should be outstretched, giving to those who are in need.

A generous man will share what he has with others, thinking about other people as he thinks of himself. He benefits by helping others and solving their problems. He makes people happy and prevents them from doing wrong, which is often a direct result of poverty. This is a great service to society, and there are some people who spend their life in this service, establishing valuable foundations which remain after them such as hospitals, libraries etc.

Whatever is spent will return multiplied and Allaah will increase it in this world and in the next. Allaah Says (what means): "The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allaah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allaah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allaah is all-Encompassing and Knowing." [Quran 2: 261]

And (what means): "...But whatever thing you spend [in His cause] -- He will compensate it; and He is the best of providers." [Quran 34: 39]

Since noble characteristics are acquired in different ways, the Muslim works to develop virtuous traits according to Islamic guidelines. Allaah Says (what means): "And spend [in the way of Allaah] from what We have provided you before death approaches one of you and he says, 'My Lord, if only You would delay me for a brief term so I would give charity and be among the righteous.'"[Quran 63: 10]

Generosity is not expressed exclusively with wealth and money, but also with our time, good deeds, actions and kindness to all people. Allaah Says (what means): "Never will you attain the good [reward] until you spend [in the way of Allaah] from that which you love..."[Quran 3: 92]




Allaah, Almighty Says (what means): "Indeed, mankind was created anxious: when evil touches him, impatient, and when good touches him, withholding [of it]..."[Quran 70: 19-21]

The Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Protect yourself from the Hell-fire even by giving a piece of a date as charity.'' [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

This narration shows that a person can be generous and win the pleasure of Allaah even by spending a small quantity of wealth.

Jaabir may Allaah be pleased with him reported that the Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) never said `no' to anyone who asked him for something. [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

In another narration, the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "There are forty kinds of virtue, the highest of which is to gift a (milch) she-goat. He who practices any of these virtues, expecting its reward (from Allaah) and believing in the truth of the promise made for it, will enter Jannah (Paradise).'' [Al-Bukhaari]

He also responds to the words of the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ): "Protect yourselves from the Fire even if it is with half a date." [Al-Bukhaari]

Islam teaches the Muslims to be constructive, beneficial members of their societies; always helping those who are deprived and destitute to the best of their abilities. Every good deed is described as an act of charity, as the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Every Muslim must give charity." They said, "O Messenger of Allaah, what if he cannot do that?" He, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said, "Then let him help one who is in desperate need." He, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said, "Then let him do good, and refrain from doing evil, and that will be an act of charity on his part." [Al-Bukhaari & Muslim]

Taken From: Islamweb.net

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