Wednesday 19 June 2024

Spending on one's family intending to receive Allah's reward is regarded as Sadaqah (Hadith Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)

Spending on one's family is considered a form of Sadaqah (charity) in Islam. Both the Quran and Hadith provide evidence of the virtuous nature of providing for one's family.

"They ask you, [O Muhammad], what they should spend. Say, 'Whatever you spend of good is [to be] for parents and relatives and orphans and the needy and the traveler. And whatever you do of good - indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.'" (surah 2. Al Baqarah:215)

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ too has on a number of occasions stressed the need to support one's family wholeheartedly for those who do so to please Allah and expect a reward, their act will be considered as charity and rewarded accordingly.

One such Hadith is mentioned in Sahi al-Bukhārī  (Book 69 Supporting the Family /  كتاب النفقات / Chapter 1:  The superiority of providing for one's family / باب  فَضْلِ النَّفَقَةِ عَلَى الأَهْلِ‏ ) as Hadith 5351, given herein under:

Narrated by Abu Mas`ud Al-Ansari:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "When a Muslim spends something on his family intending to receive Allah's reward it is regarded as Sadaqah for him."

Arabic Text:
حَدَّثَنَا آدَمُ بْنُ أَبِي إِيَاسٍ، حَدَّثَنَا شُعْبَةُ، عَنْ عَدِيِّ بْنِ ثَابِتٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ يَزِيدَ الأَنْصَارِيَّ، عَنْ أَبِي مَسْعُودٍ الأَنْصَارِيِّ، فَقُلْتُ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ فَقَالَ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ "‏ إِذَا أَنْفَقَ الْمُسْلِمُ نَفَقَةً عَلَى أَهْلِهِ وَهْوَ يَحْتَسِبُهَا، كَانَتْ لَهُ صَدَقَةً ‏"‏‏.‏

Although providing means of sustenance and substance to one's family is the primary responsibility of the head of the family, yet if a man undertakes all his responsibilities to please Allah and expects a reward i return, his so act will be considered as Sadaqah (voluntary charity) and rewarded accordingly.

Just see, my brothers and sisters in Islam, how Allah opens venues for believers to earn His blessings for acts that are undertaken to please Him. Let us take care of our families and feed, clothe and provide good education, both Islamic and other, with a pleasing heart and not as a compulsion. For our families look upon to the head of the families and expect them to take good care of them. And if this sacred task of taking care of one's family is taken with a sense of willing responsibility, Allah will surely reward as someone is rewarded for giving Sadaqah.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
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