Hadith on Generosity: The Virtue of Financial Kindness

📖Sahih Muslim 1561
Abu Mas’ud (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: A person from people who lived before you was called to account (by Allah at the Day of Judgment) and no good was found in his account except this that lie being a rich man had (financial) dealings with people and had commanded his servants to show leniency to the straitened ones. Upon this Allah, the Exalted and Majestic, said: We have more right to this, so overlook (his faults).

This hadith from Sahih Muslim (Hadith 1561), and it narrates a story about a person from the past who will be held accountable on the Day of Judgment. This individual had no other good deeds in his record except for the fact that he was wealthy and engaged in financial transactions with people. Furthermore, he instructed his servants to be lenient and generous towards those who were going through financial difficulties. When this person’s actions were presented before Allah, the Almighty acknowledged that He has a greater right to reward such compassionate behavior and instructed to overlook the faults of this individual.

From this hadith, Muslims can derive several lessons:

  1. The importance of financial dealings: The hadith highlights that engaging in financial transactions and business activities can have significance in the sight of Allah. It encourages Muslims to be involved in lawful economic activities and strive for financial well-being while upholding ethical conduct.
  2. Generosity and kindness towards others: The hadith emphasizes the virtue of showing kindness and leniency to those who are facing financial hardship. It encourages Muslims to be compassionate and supportive of others in times of need. Being charitable and helping those in need can earn immense reward from Allah.
  3. The value of intention: Although the individual in the story had no significant good deeds, his intention to treat others with kindness and generosity was recognized by Allah. This highlights the importance of having good intentions in our actions, as Allah looks at the sincerity and purity of our hearts.
  4. Allah’s mercy and forgiveness: The hadith demonstrates Allah’s immense mercy and willingness to overlook the faults of His servants. It reassures Muslims that Allah is the most forgiving and compassionate, and He appreciates even the smallest acts of kindness and compassion.

Overall, this hadith encourages Muslims to engage in lawful economic activities, be kind and generous towards others, and rely on Allah’s mercy and forgiveness. It serves as a reminder to prioritize both material and spiritual aspects of life, striving for success in this world and the Hereafter.