The Prophet’s Teachings On Providing for the Family

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “A dinar (a gold coin)  you spend in Allah’s way, or to free a slave, or as a charity you give to a needy person, or to support your family, the one yielding the greatest reward is that which you spend on your family”.

commentary: Gold coins were the currency of the day.

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “The most excellent gold coin  is one that a person spends on his family, and the dinar which he spends on his riding-animal in the way of Allah (in Jihad), and the dinar he spends on his companions in the way of Allah”.

I asked Messenger of Allah (PBUH), “Would I be rewarded for what I spend on Abu Salamah’s sons? For I can’t let them go here and there (to beg people).” Messenger of Allah (PBUH) replied, “Spend on them and you will be rewarded for what you spend on them”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Whatever you spend seeking thereby the Pleasure of Allah, will have its reward, even the morsel which you put in the mouth of your wife”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “When someone spends on his family seeking his reward for it from Allah, it is counted as a charity from him”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Neglecting one’s own dependents is a reason enough for a man to commit a sin”.
[Abu Dawud]

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “It is enough sin for a person to hold back the due of one whose provision is in his hand”

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Two angels descend every morning, and one says: `O Allah, give him who spends something, in place of what he spends.’ The other one says: `O Allah, give destruction to him who withholds”.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The upper hand is better than the lower one (i.e., the spending hand is better than the receiving hand); and begin (charity) with those who are under your care; and the best charity is that which given out of surplus; and he who asks (Allah) to help him abstain from the unlawful and the forbidden, Allah will fulfill his wish; and he who seeks self-sufficiency will be made self-sufficient by Allah”.

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