Abstaining From Evil

Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Giving in charity is an obligation upon every Muslim.” It was said (to him): “What about one who does not find (the means) to do so?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Let him work with his hands, thus doing benefit to himself and give in charity.” It was said to him: “What if he does not have (the means) to do so?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Then let him assist the needy, the aggrieved.” It was said: “What about if he cannot even do this?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Then he should enjoin good.” He was asked: “What if he cannot do that?” He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “He should then abstain from evil, for verily, that is a charity from him.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

This Hadith emphasises two things:

1.      Firstly, it induces one to work hard so that he can fulfill his own needs and also spend in the way of Allah.

2.      Secondly, it points out a great variety of virtues and good deeds so much so that even to abstain from sin also comes in the category of Sadaqah.

And Allah Knows Best!

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