08 July 2019 CE | 06 Dhul-Qadah 1440 AH

Hadith Explanation

Best Charity Spent on Family

Abu Huraira (radi Allahu anhu) reported Allah's Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) as saying: "Of the dinar (money) that you spend as a contribution in Allah's path, or to set free a slave, or as charity given to a needy, or to support your family, the one yielding the greatest reward is that which you spend on your family." [Sahih Muslim]

Narrated Abu Huraira (radi Allahu anhu): Allah's Apostle (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, "The best alms is that which you give when you are rich, and you should support your dependants first." [Sahih Bukhari] Therefore, one must not neglect those who are closest to one. Providing for the basic needs of the family are an obligation on the husband/father, for which he is rewarded. But to spend a little extra for their comfort or happiness is also a source of reward. In addition, there are many people in a person's extended family whose condition the relatives know best about. If they don't take care of their relatives who will? It is therefore said that charity begins at home.

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