002 - Soorah al-Baqarah - (The Cow) - [Makkee]

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[002.270] And whatever you spend for spendings (e.g., in Sadaqah charity for Allh's Cause) or whatever vow you make, be sure Allh knows it all. And for the Zlimn (wrong doers) there are no helpers.

 

[002.271] If you disclose your Sadaqt (almsgiving), it is well; but if you conceal them and give them to the poor, that is better for you. (Allh) will expiate you some of your sins. And Allh is Well-Acquainted with what you do.

 

[002.272] Not upon you (Muhammad [sal-Allhu 'alayhi wa sallam]) is their guidance, but Allh guides whom He wills. And whatever you spend in good, it is for yourselves, when you spend not except seeking Allh's Countenance. And whatever you spend in good, it will be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be wronged.

 

[002.273] (Charity is) for Fuqar (the poor), who in Allh's Cause are restricted (from travel), and cannot move about in the land (for trade or work). The one who knows them not, thinks that they are rich because of their modesty. You may know them by their mark, they do not beg of people at all. And whatever you spend in good, surely, Allh knows it well.

 

[002.274] Those who spend their wealth (in Allh's Cause) by night and day, in secret and in public, they shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

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(V.2:273) The Arabic word Ilhfa literally means: "to beg with importunity," but Imm Tabari in his Tafsir and the majority of the religious scholars agree that the Verse means: "They do not beg of people at all."

 

(V.2:274) Narrated Abu Hurairah [radhi-yAllhu 'anhu]: The Prophet [sal-Allhu 'alayhi wa sallam] said, "Seven people will be shaded by Allh under His Shade on the Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) when there will be no shade except His. They are:

a) a just ruler;

b) a young man who has been brought up in the worship of Allh [i.e. worships Allh (Alone) sincerely from his childhood];

c) a man whose heart is attached to the mosques (who offers the five compulsory congregational prayers in the mosques);

d) two persons who love each other only for Allh's sake, and they meet and part in Allh's Cause only;

e) a man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for illegal sexual intercourse with her and says: I fear Allh;

f) a person who practises charity so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e., nobody knows how much he has given in charity); and

g) a person who remembers Allh in seclusion and his eyes become flooded with tears."

[Sahih Al-Bukhri, 2/1423 (O.P.504)]

 

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