Excellence of giving water to people

Date: 20 December posted by adminon

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Excellence of giving water to people

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Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) told us about the virtues of giving water to people.In one hadith giving water has been mentioned as the best sadaqa(act of charity).He enouraged digging of wells and giving water for the benefit of people.He declared it unlawful to poison the wells of enemies.Here We look at few Ahadith about excellence of giving water to people.

Hadith #1

Salim ibn Jabir al-Hujaymi said, “I came up to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, when he was wrapped up in a cloak whose edges were covering his feet.

I said, ‘Messenger of Allah, advise me.’

He said, ‘You must have fearful awareness of Allah. Do not scorn anything correct, even pouring water from your bucket into the bucket of someone else who asks you for water or talking to your brother with a happy face. Beware of dragging your waist-wrapper it is part of arrogance and Allah does not like it. If a man blames you for something he knows aboutyou, do not blame him for anything you know of him. Leave him to his own evil. You will have your reward. Do not abuse anything.'”►{Reported by Imam Bukhari in Al Adab Al Mufrad,Hadith #1182}

Hadith #2

Hazrat Jabir reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said,”Every act of kindness is sadaqa. Part of kindness is that you offer your brother a cheerful face and you pour some of your bucket into his water vessel.”►{Reported by Imam Bukhari in Al Adab Al Mufrad,Hadith #304}

Hadith #3

Hazrat Abu Dharr(Radiyallahu Anhu) is reported as saying, “Your putting some of the water from your bucket in your brother’s bucket is sadaqa. Your removing stones. thorns and bones from people’s path is sadaqa.Your guiding a man in a place where there are no guides is sadaqa.►{Reported by Imam Bukhari in Al Adab Al Mufrad,Hadith #891}

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Refusal for providing water

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Hadith #1

Hazrat Abu Hurayra(Radiyallahu Anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “

Allah says: ‘I asked you for food and you did not feed Me.’

He (His slave) will say, ‘Lord, how could I feed You when You did not ask me for food and You are the Lord of the universe?’

He will say, ‘Do you not know that My slave so-and-so asked you for food and you did not feed him?  Do you not know that if you had fed him, you would have found that action with Me?

Son of Adam, I asked you for water and you did not give Me water.’

The slave will reply, ‘O Lord, how could I give you water when You are the Lord of the universe?’

 He will say‘My slave so-and-so asked you for water and you did not give him water. Do you not know that if you had given him water, you would have found that action with Me?

Son of Adam, I was ill and you did not visit Me.’

He will say, ‘O Lord, how could I visit You when You are the Lord of the universe?’

He will say, ‘Do you not know that My slave so-and-so was ill. If you had visited him you would have found that action with Me (or you would have found Me with him).”

►{ Reported by Imam Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, Hadith #517}

 

Hadith #2

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him  peace, said, “A woman punished her cat by imprisoning it until it died of hunger and because of it,she entered the Fire.

 It was said and Allah knows best: ‘You did not feed it nor give it water when you imprisoned it nor did you release it and let it eat from the plants of the earth.”

►{ Reported by Imam Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, Hadith #379}



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Glad tidings for Hazrat Uthman(Radiyallahu Anhu) for purchasing well

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Sayyiduna ‘Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) belonged to the Ummayah tribe of the Quraish. He was a very rich cloth merchant. He was known as “Al Ghani” or “The Generous.”He used to business in clothing which made him very rich. He used his money in good and charitable ways and always helped the poor. Hazrat Usman (Radiyallahu Anhu) was a soft natured and kind hearted man. He did not hesitate to spend any amount of money on seeing a man in trouble in order to remove his misery. For his noble qualities the Makkans had great respect for him.

When the Muhajirin (emigrants) from Makkah came to Madinah, they had great difficulty in getting drinking water. Hazrat Usman (Radiyallahu Anhu) bought a well named bi’r-i-Rumah from a Jew for twenty thousand  dirhams.That was the first trust ever made in the history of Islam.

Rasulallah(Peace be upon him)  gave him the glad tidings of Paradise for this act.

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