The generosity of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and the barakah of ten dirhams

When doing any deed, one’s duty is to ensure sincerity of intention. Allah Ta’ala is the One who accepts, and grants barakah as He pleases.

Hereunder is an inspiring Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam):

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once purchased an upper garment for four dirhams from a fabric merchant. He left the shop wearing the garment, when an Ansari saw him and requested Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to give him the garment. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) removed it, gave it to him and went back to the shop to purchase a new garment for four dirhams. At this point he had two dirhams remaining.

On the way back, he saw a slave girl weeping. Her owners had given her two dirhams to purchase flour, but she misplaced the dirhams. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) gave her the two remaining coins. She turned to proceed on her way, but she was still crying as she feared her owner will beat her. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) accompanied her and walked with her to her master.

When they reached the owner’s home, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) made salam seeking permission to enter, thrice, as they did not respond after the first salam. The reason they did so was that they recognised the voice of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and wanted the barakah of the du’a/salam of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) informed them as to why he accompanied her. They freed her immediately. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) gave them glad tidings of good and Jannah and then said, “Allah Ta’ala has indeed placed barakah in the ten dirhams. Allah clothed his Nabi, clothed an Ansari and freed a slave. I praise Allah who has granted us this sustenance through His power.”

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir, Hadith: 13607)

One never knows how far reaching the sadaqah could be. Our duty is to spend with ikhlas, whilst ensuring our earnings are pure, and Allah Ta’ala does the rest.

In a Hadith of Sahih Bukhari (Hadith: 1344), Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said that sometimes Allah Ta’ala inflates the [reward of] the charity of a few grams to the size of a huge mountain, when the charity is from a pure source.


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