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Styles of giving money

Mufti Ahmad Yaar Khan Naeemi says in 'Noor-ul-Irfan', this tells us that if giving sadaqah to a poor person publicly humiliates him it should be given discreetly without others knowing because giving sadaqah publicly in this case would cause him grief'. So when giving money to a scholar or Imam the envelope should be given in an unrevealing way. Some people place the money in the Imam's hand and close it in a manner revealing that he is being given money; in fact some people give a note for Dua in a manner implying it is money! This manner of giving a note could hurt the feelings of a dignified Muslim.

Shaikh Shibli's hatred for treachery

My Dear Islamic Brothers! Treachery is a big problem. Our pious predecessor's hated treachery. Sayyiduna Shaikh Abu Bakr Shibli went to a sheikh to master the science of nahw (Arabic etymology). The teacher said, 'Daraba Zaidun Amran' (Zaid hit Amr) He asked his teacher, 'Did Zaid really hit Amr?' He replied, 'No, it is only an example'. The shaikh said, 'I cannot learn a science based on lies'. (Nuzha-tul-Majalis, Baab-uz-Zakaat, P199, Dar-ul-Kutubul Ilmiya)

My Dear Islamic Brothers! Did you see how much Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Shibli hated treachery? This is an example of his great piety, despite the fact that there was no harm in giving such an example.

Imam Bukhari    and the man who was deceiving a horse

The most authentic book after the Holy Qur'an is 'Sahih Bukhari'. Sayyiduna sheikh Muhammad bin Ismail Bukhari has done a huge favour upon the Muslim Ummah by very scrupulously collecting these Ahadith. Here is an example of his piety and scrupulous character; he once went to see a man in order to hear a hadith, the man's horse had ran away from him and stood at a distance, to make the horse walk towards him he lifted his shirt and acted as if he had barley inside it and began to tempt the animal, this made the animal come back to him allowing the man to catch it. Sayyiduna Imam Bukhari asked the man if he really did have barley in his shirt, to which the reply was, 'No, I only did it to bring the horse back'. The Imam said, 'How can I take a blessed hadith of The Holy Prophet  from a man who lies to animals!' (Nuzha-tul-Majalis, Baab-uz-Zakaat, P199, Dar-ul-Kutubul Ilmiya)

My Dear Islamic Brothers! Our pious predecessors had Madani intellects; their minds reached places we are negligent of. May Allah protect us from the disasters of treachery. 


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