‘Hadeeth about the Example of a Miser and an Alms-Giver’ with a short commentary by Shaikh Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah)

Narrated Abu Hurairah (may Allaah be pleased with him): ‘’The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: the example of a miser and an alms-giver is like the example of two people wearing two iron cloaks from their breasts to their collar bone; and when the alms-giver gives in charity, the cloak becomes capacious till it covers his whole body to such extent that it hides his fingertips and covers his footprints. And when the miser wants to spend, it (the iron cloak) sticks and (its) every ring gets stuck to it place, he tries to widen it, but it does not become wide.’’ [Ref 1]

Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) commented on this hadeeth saying:

This shows that the soul of the generous and kind person is at ease in alms-giving. And whenever the covetous and miserly person wants to give charity, his soul is constricted. This is an indication of that which is in his heart of covetousness, and that is because he is not prepared to spend. [Ref: 2]

[Ref 1: Saheeh Al-Bukhaari: Vol 2: hadeeth number: 1443: Book of Zakat]

[Ref 2: Source: Al-Hulalul Ibreeziyyah Min At-Ta’liqaat Al-Baaziyyah Alaa Saheeh Al-Bukhaari: Vol: 1; page: 436. Footnote: 3]


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