18 October 2017 CE | 27 Muharram 1439 AH

Hadith Explanation

Exchange Gifts

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Exchange gifts. This will generate mutual feelings of love and eliminate feelings of animosity and estrangement from your hearts.” [Mishkat]

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) often sent gifts to his illustrious Companions (radi Allahu anhum). The Prophet’s Companions (radi Allahu anhum) also frequently exchanged presents among themselves.

The exchange of presents augments sentiments of love and creates a soft corner in the heart of the receiver for the donor.

In the matter of exchanging gifts, always keep within your means. Whatever the status of the receiver, do not think that your gift should necessarily be a costly one. Give according to your means and whatever is easily available.

The real worth of your gift depends on your sincerity and the nature and depth of feelings with which you have presented the gift. It is sincerity, love and devotion that unites hearts.

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