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The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, ordered that they be respected and appreciated

Auther : Muhammad Saalih Al-Munajjid
Under category : How He treated them?
134 2023/10/19 2023/10/19
Article translated to : العربية

An example of that, is when he, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, prohibited feeding them food that others would not like to eat.

Aa’ishah reported

` that the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was given a Dhabb (a large type of lizard) as a gift, but he did not eat it, so `Aa’ishah said: “O Messenger of Allah, should I not feed it to the poor?” The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, responded: “Do not feed them what you yourself do not eat.”

That is a direct application of the saying of Allah (which means):

«O you who believed, spend from the good things which you have earned and from that which We have produced for you from the earth. And do not aim toward the defective there from, spending [from that] while you would not take it [yourself] except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy.»

[Quran: 2:267]

Al-Baraa’ ibn `Aazib (a Companion) said about Allah’s

Statement (which means): «And do not aim toward the defective there from, spending [from that].» “It was sent about us, the Ansaar. We were people that had date-palm trees, so an individual would bring dates from their trees according to the amount of what they were able. A man would bring a bunch or two of dates, and would hang it in the mosque. The people of As-Suffah had no food, so if one of them became hungry, he would eat from the bunch. He would go to the bunch and hit it with his stick, some unripe and ripe dates would fall, and he would eat. Some people that did not want good would bring the worst types of dates or dates that were dried out, and with a broken bunch, and would hang it, so Allah revealed His Saying (which means): «O you who believed, spend from the good things which you have earned and from that which We have produced for you from the earth. And do not aim toward the defective there from, spending [from that] while you would not take it [yourself] except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy.» [Quran: 2:267] If one of them were to be gifted something like they were giving away, they would only take it with their eyes closed, or with shyness. So after that, we would only take the good things that we had as charity.”


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