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Unformatted text preview: ou wanted the people to say that so-and-so is very generous! Now that was what was said.' Then the person who was killed in Allah's path will be brought. He will be asked, `Why were you killed?' He will say, `You ordered me to make Jihad, and so I fought until I was killed.' Allah will say, `You have lied!' The angels will also say, `You have lied!' Allah will say, `Rather, you wanted the people to say that soand-so is brave! Now that was what was said.' Abu Hurayrah said, `The Prophet then placed his hands 475 Generosity 73 on my knees and said, "O Abu Hurayrah! Those three will be the first of Allah's creation to be thrown to the fire as fuel on the Day of Resurrection.'" (al-Tirmidhi and al-Hakim, Sahih) Hence, once you have purified your intention before being generous, then have good tidings of great fortune! Those most deserving of being the recipients of your generosity in exchange for their love are your family members, such as your mother, your father, your wife and your children, and so on. As the Prophet said, "Start with yourself, and then whoever you look after." "It is enough of a sin for a person to forsake those who is obliged to spend on." A distinction must be made between generosity and wastefulness. A man once walked through an old road and passed by a house which seemed as though it was about to crumble. He saw a little girl sitting at the door wearing ragged clothes, looking like a beggar. He asked her, "Who are you?" She said, "I am the daughter of Hatim al-Ta'i." Hatim al-Ta'i was a legendary figure, renowned for his generosity par excellence in Arab history. The man said, "How strange! The daughter of Hatim al-Ta'i - the one renowned for his generosity in this land!" She replied, "Our father's generosity has led us to this state, as you can see!" Allah says, "Make not your hand tied (like a miser) to your neck, nor stretch it forth to its utmost reach, so that you be476 Generosity 73 come blameworthy and destitute."...
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