Friday Sermon: The importance of feeding the poor and needy, By Murtadha Gusau


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“You who believe, do not cancel out your charitable deeds with reminders and hurtful words.”

“Those who reject the faith.”

“Prosperity or adversity.”

“Those who spend their wealth in Allah’s cause are like grains of corn which produce seven ears, each bearing a hundred grains.”

“And they give (their own) food, in deep love of Allah, to the needy, the orphan and prisoner (out of sacrifice, despite their own desire and need for it).”

“We are feeding you only to please Allah. We do not seek any recompense from you nor (wish for) any thanks.”

“But (so is) man that when his Lord tests him (by providing him pleasure and comfort) and honours him and gives him bounties, he says: ‘My Lord has honoured me.’ But when He tries him (by afflicting pain and discomfort) and limits his means of sustenance, he says: ‘My Lord has humiliated me.’ No indeed! But (the truth is that after you gain honour and good fortune) you do not give honour and care to orphans. Nor do you inspire one another (in society) to promote feeding the destitute (the poor and the needy). You lay hand on the inherited wealth and devour it (yourselves and do not pay the poverty-stricken their due).”

“(They) will be in Gardens and will be asking one another, About the evildoers. (And they will say): ‘What has brought you into Hell?’ They will say: ‘We were not of those who used to offer Prayers. Nor did we feed the poor. And we indulged in vain activities with those who had cast themselves into vain activities. And we rejected the Day of Reward and Punishment, Until that (death) came upon us which was certain to come.’ So (now) intercession of the intercessors will not be of any benefit to them.”

“I asked you for food and you did not feed Me.”

“‘Do you not know that My servant 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?….”








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