Friday, December 4, 2009

Hadith of the Week - Charity Not To Rich Or Healthy

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "It is not permissible to give charity to a rich man (or one who is independent of means) or to one who is strong and healthy." [Sunan An-Nasai - Sahih]

'Strong' means the one who is capable of earning his livelihood. And ‘healthy’ means the one whose hands and feet are wholesome and not handicapped, and he is not incapacitated by some illness. If such a person is poor despite his labour or is unable to find employment, then he will be entitled to receive Zakah or Sadaqah.

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