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PROPHET MUHAMMD’S ﷺ GENEROSITY


Prophet Muhammadﷺ  was by nature a very generous and charitable man. To give charity during those days was outdated and those who gave charity were very rare in that troublesome society. But the trends of society were nothing to this man, who simply wished to attain the pleasure of Allah by helping those who were less fortunate then himself. In fact his giving of charity often meant that he had to sacrifice the pleasures of life for himself and his family. His wife Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, reported that "three consecutive days would not go by without the family of Muhammadnot eating their fill." Sahih Al Bukhari 5416, 6687(Vol.8:678) and Jami` at-Tirmidhi Vol4: 2358

 

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Narration from Ibn Ibbas

According to Ibn Abbas, Allah's Messenger was the most generous of all people, especially in the month of Ramadan, when he became more generous, his huge generosity as being like "the blowing wind." Sahih Muslim 2308(Book 30, Hadith 5718). Muhammadﷺ  never said 'no' to any request from anyone all his life. Once he said that he was only a distributor and a treasurer and Allah was the bestower of everything. Once a man came to him and saw his herd of goats stretching over a vast area. He requested help and Muhammadﷺ  gave him the whole herd of goats. He went back to his people and told them to accept Islam for Muhammadwas so generous that there was no fear of poverty. Once a man asked him for help when he had nothing to give, so he told the man to borrow on his behalf and he would repay the loan. Umar, who was present, asked Muhammadﷺ  whether Allah had not burdened him more than he could bear. The Prophet kept quiet. However, a man was present there who offered to help. Muhammadﷺ  smiled with great joy at his offer.

 

Narration from Abdullah ibn Umar

Muhammadwas generous to such an extent that he always gave something to anyone who asked him for help, but if he had nothing, he promised help later on. Sometimes it so happened that Muhammadpurchased an article for himself, then gave it as a gift to the seller. Once he bought a camel from Umar and straightaway gave it as a gift to Abdullah ibn Umar. Sahih al-Bukhari 2610(Vol. 3, Book 47, Hadith 781) Once he bought something from Jabir and gave it back to him as a gift.

 

Narration from Umm al-Mu'minin and Umm Salma

He used to invited his companions for an ordinary meal. In one battle, there were 130 companions with him. He bought one goat, slaughtered it and ordered its liver to be roasted. When it was ready, he distributed it among all the companions, and kept a share for those who were not present. Whenever he received anything, he did not sit in peace until it was finished. Umm al-Mu'minin and Umm Salma reports that one day Allah's Messenger came home looking disturbed. Umm Salma asked Allah's Messenger what the matter was. He replied that the seven diners he had received the day before had remained on the bed until evening and had not been distributed. He did not rest until they were given away.

 

Narration from Abu Dhar

Abu Dhar reported that one evening he was walking with Allah's Messenger when he said, "Abu Dhar, if the mountain of Uhud were turned into gold for me, I would not like three nights to pass and one diner still be left with me, excepting what I would leave for paying my debts." Sahih al-Bukhari 2388 (Vol. 3, Book 41, Hadith 573) He would never rest until all the cash in the house was completely finished. Once the Prophet went home in harry after the pray and then immediately came out again. The people were surprised, but he told them that he had remembered during the prayer that there was some gold in his house. He thought that he might forget and the gold might remain there all night. He went back home to ask that it might immediately be given in charity."

 

Narration from Muhammad bin Jubair

Narrated Muhammad bin Jubair: When the prophet was resuming after distributing the spoils of the battle of Hunain, some bedouins found out that Allah's Messenger was coming that way. They came from all sides and clung to the Messenger of Allah and asked for charity. Embarrassed by the crowd, he stood in the shelter of a tree. They held his cloak and, in their struggle, it came off his body into their hands. The Prophet said, "Give me my cloak; by Allah! If I had camels equivalent to the trees of this jungle, I would have given them all to you. Then you would not have found me miserly, nor a liar, nor cowrad." Sahih al-Bukhari 2821(Vol. 4, Book 52, Hadith 75) He always paid the debts of the dead and issued instructions to the effect that if anyone] dies leaving any debt, he should be informed of it, so that he could pay it off.'

 

Narration from Abu hurairah

Abu Hurairah reported Allah's Messenger as saying, "The believer is simple and generous, but the wicked person is deceitful and ignoble." Classed as Hasan by Shaikh Albani in Sunan Abi Dawud 4790 Ibn Abbas said that he heard Allah's Messenger say, "The believer is not the one who eats when his neighbour beside him is hungry,"In short, Muhammadﷺ  was generous and charitable to the extent that he never kept anything surplus for himself, but gave all to those who came to him for help.

 

Conclusion

Prophet Muhammad was so generous that no person could ever equal him in generosity. Whatever he received he gave away to other people and felt more pleasure than those who received the gift. He never fumed anyone away empty-handed from his house and always gave preference to the needy over his own needs. His charity was of various kinds; sometimes he gave a gift, sometimes he borrowed something and resumed more or better than his loan; sometimes he bought a thing and paid more than the price to the seller; and sometimes, sometimes donations and sometimes alms. He accepted gifts from other people but always gave more gifts and presents in return for them. He gave gifts and presents to others and told them to do the same. Whenever he met any miserly person he advised him to be more generous and charitable. Muhammadwas generous and taught his followers, by his example to be charitable and generous.

 

Allah's Messenger's whole life was a perfect example of generosity and charity towards mankind. He practiced it and asked his followers to practice it in their lives.

 

References

http://www.pbuh.us/prophetMuhammad.php?f=Ch_Generosity

 

 

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