Religion of Tolerance: Prophet Muhammad’s Advice About Alms ~ Hi all readers! In this article I will explain about the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad to Ali bin Abi Talib about alms. Maybe we all already know, that what is meant by alms is to give some of the assets we have, whether in the form of money, clothing, food, drinks, or something else, to people who need it. In Islamic teachings, giving charity is one of the deeds that will provide enormous benefits for those who give alms.
Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said;
“O Ali! Indeed, Allah Ta’ala’s lovers did not get the breadth of Allah’s mercy and His pleasure because of the many worship, but they got it because of generosity and regarded the world as something low.”
“O Ali! The generous person is close to Allah, close to His mercy, and far from His torment. Whereas the stingy person is far from Allah, far from His mercy, and close to His torment.”
“O Ali! I have seen the writings above Heaven’s door, “You are forbidden from all stingy people, those who are disobedient to both parents and slanderers.”
“O Ali! When Allah has finished creating Heaven, he (Heaven) said, “O my Lord, for what have you created me?” Allah said, “For all generous people and those who fear.” He (Heaven) said, “I have been willing.” He (Hell) said, “O my Lord, for what have you created me?” Allah said, “For all stingy people and arrogant people.” He (Hell) said, “I get both.”
“O Ali! Whoever opposes his desires, Heaven is his residence. Whoever obeys his desires, then Jahannam Hell is his residence.”
“O Ali! Whoever feeds a Muslim with a good heart, Allah will record one million good for him, erase one million prayers from him, and raise a thousand degrees.”
“O Ali! Love something for your brother as you love something for yourself.”
“O Ali! Look for good when your face is happy! Greet guests! Indeed, he came to a people, and the sustenance of the people came down with him. If he goes home, then he comes out carrying the sins of the owner of the house and throwing his sins into the sea.”
“O Ali! Angels do not enter the house where images, statues, or people are rebellious to their parents, or [into] a house that is not entered by guests.”
“O Ali! Do good even though you are with low people!” Ali said, “Who is the lowly people, O Messenger of Allah?” He replied, “The person who, if advised, does not accept it (advice). If he forbids (someone) from doing something, then he does not pay attention to his prohibitions and does not pay attention to what he has said and what has been said to him.”
“O Ali! Alms which is carried out clandestinely can extinguish the wrath of Allah, can bring many blessings and blessings. Give alms in the morning! Indeed, the disaster appeared before coming in the morning and then the decision was returned to the air.”
Those are some of Prophet Muhammad’s advice about alms. Hopefully we can practice his words. Amen!
Hopefully this article is useful! See you again in the next article!
Ali bin Abi Talib, Washiyyatu al-Mushthafaa, al-Miftaah publishing, Surabaya, Indonesia, p. 7-9.