How Can We Feed The Poor In Islam




 Feeding the hungry and helping the poor is an internal part of Islamic faith. Muslim are encourage to help each other in any aspect. Allah Azawajal says in the Glorious Qur'an 76:8-12;

وَيُطْعِمُونَ ٱلطَّعَامَ عَلَىٰ حُبِّهِۦ مِسْكِينًا وَيَتِيمًا وَأَسِيرًا

And they give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive,

Narrated Abu Hurairah [radhi-yAllahu 'anhu]: Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "Al-Miskin (the needy) is not the one who goes round the people and asks them for a mouthful or two (of meals) or a date or two, but Al-Miskin (the needy) is that who has not enough (money) to satisfy his needs and whose condition is not known to others, that others may give him something in charity, and who does not beg of people." 

Allah says in the following Ayah;

إِنَّمَا نُطْعِمُكُمْ لِوَجْهِ اللَّهِ

We feed you seeking Allah's Face only.

meaning, hoping for the reward of Allah and His pleasure.

لَاا نُرِيدُ مِنكُمْ جَزَاء وَلَاا شُكُورًا

We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.


meaning, `we do not seek any reward from you in return for it. We also are not seeking for you to thank us in front of the people.'

Mujahid and Sa`id bin Jubayr both said,

"By Allah! They do not say this with their tongues, but rather, Allah knows it in their hearts and He commends them for it. Every seeker should seek after this."

إِنَّا نَخَافُ مِن رَّبِّنَا يَوْمًا عَبُوسًا قَمْطَرِيرًا 

Verily, We fear from our Lord a Day that is `Abus and Qamtarir.

meaning, `we only do this so that perhaps Allah may have mercy on us and treat us with gentleness on the Day that is `Abus and Qamtarir

فَوَقَىٰهُمُ ٱللَّهُ شَرَّ ذَٰلِكَ ٱلْيَوْمِ وَلَقَّىٰهُمْ نَضْرَةً وَسُرُورًا

So, Allah saved them from the evil of that Day, and gave them Nadrah (a light of beauty) and joy.

This is used as a way of eloquence in stating similarity (i.e., two similar things).

وَجَزَاهُم بِمَا صَبَرُوا

And their recompense because they were patient,

meaning, due to their patience He will give them, bestow upon them and accommodate them with Paradise and silken garments.

This means a home that is spacious, a delightful life and fine clothing.

"Surat Al-Dahr was recited to Abu Sulayman Ad-Darani, and when the reciter reached the Ayah where Allah says, 

وَجَزَاهُم بِمَا صَبَرُوا جَنَّةً وَحَرِيرًا

 And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient. he (Abu Sulayman) said,

`Because they were patient in leaving off their desires in the world."

All Praises is due to Allah we ask Him to let us die in the path of Qur'an and Sunnah.

Ibnkhaer

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