The Muslim Creed
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and Muslim reported that Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with
him, had said, The Prophet (saws) was the most generous of
people. He used to be the most generous in Ramadhan when he would
meet with angel Jibreal and study the Quran with him. Angel Jibreal
would meet with the Prophet every night in Ramadhan to teach him
the Quran. The Prophet was so generous when he met with Jibreal,
more generous than the wind that brings rain. Imam Ahmad added
to this narration, And nothing he was asked for but he would
give it. Furthermore, Al-Bayhaqi reported that Aaishah,
may Allah be pleased with her, had said, When Ramadhan would
start, the Prophet would release all prisoners of war and fulfill
the need of every person who would ask him for something.
giving are attributes that Allah likes for Muslims to have. Also,
Allah is the most Generous and Giving of all. Indeed, Allahs
Generosity multiplies in Ramadhan. Similarly, the Prophets
generosity increased in Ramadhan, and indeed he is the man whose
personality entails all the attributes mankind seek and vie for.
generosity of the Prophet in Ramadhan has several reasons and indications
that we have to pay attention to, among them are:
is an honorable and blessed month, and the rewards for generosity
are multiplied in it. The Prophet (saws) said,
charity is that given in Ramadhan. [At-Tirmithi].
2. This is a
source of help and support, especially the ones fasting. To encourage
this, the Prophet said,
feeds a fasting person will gain the same reward as he will, without
decreasing from the fasting persons rewards. [Ahmad].
person abandons food and drink in Ramadhan. Thus, when he gives
others what he is craving for, this sacrifice would generate greater
rewards, Allah willing.
is the month of giving and mercy, and in it Allah blesses the believers
with forgiveness and being saved from Hellfire. Therefore, whoever
is merciful and giving in Ramadhan, Allah will be even more Merciful
and Giving, and will bestow upon him countless bounties and blessings.
4. Joining between
fasting and giving charity leads to entering Paradise, by Allahs
Leave and Blessings. The Prophet said,
there are rooms that their inside can be seen from outside and outside
can be seen from inside. He was asked, For whom are
these rooms, O Messenger of Allah? He said, They are
for he who soften his speech, feeds the people, continues to fast,
and prays at night while the people are asleep. [Ahmad].
All these acts
take place in Ramadhan, for in it there are fasting, prayer at night,
and charity. Also, the fasting person is sternly prohibited from
evil and useless speech. Thus, performing all these deeds and attaining
such unique bounties can be easily attained during Ramadhan by the
5. Charity and
fasting are a stronger and more effective barrier that will keep
the person away from the Fire. As for fasting, the Prophet had said,
is a shield and protection from Hellfire [Ahmad].
He also said
regarding charity, Charity extinguishes the sin just as water
extinguishes the fire. The mans prayer late at night has the