What did Prophet Muhammad say about charity?. According to a definition, charity is the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need. In other words, any form of help and act of generosity given to the one in need is referred to as charity.
Meanwhile, the following are few of the inspiring sayings of the Prophet Muhammad on charity:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and his household) said, “Every joint of a person must perform a charity each day that the sun rises: to judge justly between two people is a charity. To help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity. And the good word is a charity. And every step that you take towards the prayer is a charity, and removing a harmful object from the road is a charity.”
The Prophet said: “A man giving a dirham as sadaqah (charity) during his life is better than giving one hundred dirhams as sadaqah (charity) at the moment of his death.”
The Prophet said, “The best charity is that which is practiced by a wealthy person. And start giving first to your dependents.“
The Prophet said, “If a man spends on his family (with the intention of having a reward from Allah) sincerely for Allah’s sake, then it is a (kind of) alms-giving in reward for him.”
The Prophet said: “The likeness of the one who gives charity then takes it back is that of a dog who vomits then goes back and eats its vomit.”
On a final note, one may conclude based on the Prophetic sayings that charity in Islam is not restricted to a particular thing; rather every act of kindness and generosity rendered to other creatures (be it human or otherwise) with an intention of seeking Allah’s pleasure will be considered as charity. Likewise, the best charity is the one done to those that depend on one of the close relatives. Therefore, it is expected to begin charity from inside our homes before that outside. No wonder why it is said that charity begins at home.
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