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Chapter 218
The Excellence of Spending out Charity during Ramadan
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لﺎﻗ سﺎﺒﻋ ﻦﺑ ﻦﻋ
ﻲﻓ نﻮﻜﻳ ﺎﻣ دﻮﺟأ نﺎآو سﺎﻨﻟا دﻮﺟأ ﻢﻠﺳو ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ﷲا ﻰﻠﺻ ﷲا لﻮﺳر نﺎآ
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ﷲا ﻰﻠﺻ ﷲا لﻮﺳﺮﻠﻓ نﺁﺮﻘﻟا ﻪﺳراﺪﻴﻓ نﺎﻀﻣر ﻦﻣ ﺔﻠﻴﻟ ﻞآ ﻲﻓ ﻩﺎﻘﻠﻳ نﺎآو ﻞﻳﺮﺒﺟ ﻩﺎﻘﻠﻳ ﻦﻴﺣ نﺎﻀﻣر
ﺔﻠﺳﺮﻤﻟا ﺢﻳﺮﻟا ﻦﻣ ﺮﻴﺨﻟﺎﺑ دﻮﺟأ ﻢﻠﺳو
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ﻖﻔﺘﻣ
Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was the most
generous of the men; and he was the most generous during the month of Ramadan when Jibril visited him every
night and recited the Qur'an to him. During this period, the generosity of Messenger of Allah (PBUH) waxed faster
than the rain bearing wind
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
This Hadith induces us to do two good things frequently and with full preparation in the month of
Ramadan. First, benevolence and generosity so that people get maximum time for worship and reduce their
mundane affairs during this month. Second, recitation of the Qur'an and Mudarsah, (
reading and hearing the Qur'an
from one another
) as is done by two Huffaz in this manner. The reason for the stress on the Qur'an is that the Qur'an
and the month of Ramadan are closely linked with each other. The Qur'an was revealed in this month.
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ﺖﻟﺎﻗ ﺎﻬﻧأ ﺎﻬﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ﺔﺸﺋﺎﻋ ﻦﻋ
ﺎﻴﺣأ ُﺮْﺸﻌْﻟا َﻞَﺧَد اَذإ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮﺳر نﺎآ
َرَﺰْﺌِﻤﻟا ﱠﺪَﺷو ﱠﺪﺟو ،ْﻪﻠْهأ ﻆﻘﻳأو ،َﻞْﻴﱠﻠﻟا
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
`Aishah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
When the last ten nights (of Ramadan) would begin, the
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) would keep awake at night (for prayer and devotion), awaken his family and prepare
himself to be more diligent in worship
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
The entire month of Ramadan is a spring season for virtues, worship and obedience of Allah, but its
last ten days are the peak of this season of worship. Therefore, one must strive hard in the last ten days and nights of
this month to follow the practice of the Prophet (PBUH), to seek the Pleasure of Allah and to attain the benefits of
Lailat-ul-Qadr, which occurs during this period. The Prophet (PBUH) used to make special arrangement for
observing I`tikaf, and we must also follow this practice of his.