Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.): Do Not Turn Away the Beggar

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) said, “Comfort the poor with something from your possessions.  Do not turn away a beggar, when you are capable of giving him something, be it a little or much.  Concur with the Lord of Truth in His Love of giving, and be grateful to Him for how He has Equipped you and Enabled you to give.  Woe unto you!  The beggar is the Gift of Allah and you are capable of giving to him, so how can you send the gift back to its Giver?  In my presence, you listen and shed tears, but when the poor person comes along, your heart turns hard.  This goes to show that your tears and your attention were not sincerely for Allah.”


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