The Charity of Ibn Jurayj (rahimahullah)

Allah Ta’ala and His Messenger (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) have promised barakah for those who give charity with sincerity.

Allah Ta’ala states:

‘Allah destroys interest, and increases charity.’

(Surah Baqarah, Ayah: 276)

Hereunder is an inspiring incident on this topic:

Makkiy ibn Ibrahim (rahimahullah) narrates:

‘We were with Ibn Jurayj (rahimahullah), when a beggar asked for something. Ibn Jurayj (rahimahullah) told his treasurer: ‘Give him a dinar (gold coin).’ The treasurer replied: ‘I only have a dinar (gold coin), if I give it away then what will we have for you and and your family?’ Ibu Jurayj (rahimahullah) got angry and said: ‘Give it to him!’

Makkiy ibn Ibrahim (rahimahullah) mentions further:

‘Whilst we were still with Ibn Jurajy (rahimahullah), a man came with a letter and a purse, which one of his brothers sent. The letter read: ‘I have sent you fifty dinars (gold coins).’

Ibn Jurajy (rahimahullah) had the purse and the coins counted, which in total were actually fifty one dinars (gold coins). Ibn Jurayj (rahimahullah) told his treasurer: ‘You gave one coin, which Allah returned and gave an additional fifty coins!’

(Sunan Tirmidhi, after Hadith: 2035)

Such is the barakah of sadaqah (nafl charity). Each individual should develop this nobble habit in accordance his/her capacity.

May Allah Ta’ala inspire us to abandon interest, wastage and extravagance, while increasing our nafl (optional) sadaqah (charity).

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