Sunday, April 29, 2007

The art of giving gifts

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam 'ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

Rasullallah and the shabas have taught us beautiful ways of living harmoniously. One of the best characters of the Rasullallah and the sahabas is to treat their brothers need more importantly than there own. These hadiths from Bukhari are on gifts.

Narrated Asma bint Abu Bakr (Radhiallaho anho):
My mother came to me during the lifetime of Allah's Messenger
(sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam)and she was a pagan. I said to
Allah's Messenger (seeking his verdict), "My mother has come
to me and she desires to receive a reward from me, shall I
keep good relations with her?" The Prophet said, "Yes, keep
good relation with her."

Bukhari Vol. 3 : No. 789

Narrated Ibn Abbas (Radhiallaho anho):
The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) said, "The bad
example is not for us. He who takes back his present is like a
dog that swallows back its vomit."

Bukhari Vol. 3 : No. 791

Narrated Umar bin Al-Khattab (Radhiallaho anho):
I gave a horse in Allah's Cause. The person to whom it was
given did not look after it. I intended to buy it from him,
thinking that he would sell it cheap. When I asked the
Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) he said, "Don't buy it,
even if he gives it to you for one Dirham, as the person who
takes back what he has given in charity, is like a dog that
swallows back its vomit."

Bukhari Vol. 3 : No. 792

Narrated Aiman (Radhiallaho anho):
I went to Aisha (Radhiallaho anha) and she was wearing a
coarse dress costing five Dirhams. Aisha said, "Look up and
see my slave-girl who refuses to wear it in the house though
during the lifetime of Allah's Messenger (sallallaahu 'alaihi
wasallam) I had a similar dress which no woman desiring to
appear elegant (before her husband) failed to borrow from me."

Bukhari Vol. 3 : No. 796

Narrated Ibn Shihab Az-Zuhri (Radhiallaho anho):
Anas bin Malik (Radhiallaho anho) said, "When the emigrants
came Medina, they had nothing whereas the Ansar had land and
property. The Ansar gave them their land on condition that
the emigrants would give them half the yearly yield and work
on the land and provide the necessaries for cultivation."
His (i.e. Anas's mother who was also the mother of Abdullah
bin Abu Talha), gave some date-palms to Allah's Messenger
(sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) who gave them to his freed
slave-girl (Um Aiman) who was also the mother of Usama bin
Zaid (Radhiallaho anhuma). When the Prophet finished from
the fighting against the people of Khaibar and returned to
Medina, the emigrants returned to the Ansar the fruit gifts
which the Ansar had given them. The Prophet also returned
to Anas's mother the date-pallms. Allah's Messenger gave
Um Aiman other trees from his garden in lieu of the old

Bukhari Vol. 3 : No. 799

Narrated Jabir (Radhiallaho anho):
Some men had superfluous land and they said that they would
give it to others to cultivate on the condition that they
would get one-third or one-fourth or one half of its yield.
The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam)said, "Whoever has
land should cultivate it himself or give it to his brother
or keep it uncultivated."

Narrated Abu Said (Radhiallaho anho):
A bedouin came to the Prophet and asked him about
emigration. The Prophet said to him, "May Allah be
merciful to you. The matter of emigration is difficult.
Have you got some camels?" He replied in the affirmative.
The Prophet asked him, "Do you pay their Zakat?" He replied
in the affirmative. He asked, "Do you lend them so that their
milk may be utilized by others?" The bedouin said, "Yes."
The Prophet asked, "Do you milk them on the day off watering
them?" He replied, "Yes." The Prophet said, "Do good deeds
beyond the merchants (or the sea) and Allah will never
disregard any of your deeds."

Bukhari Vol. 3 : No. 801