Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.): It is Wajib to Give to the Beggar

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani (q.s.) said, “You have made it common practice for your tongues to say the following when beggars come, ‘May Allah Ease your hardship.  May Allah Help you!’  You turn him away despite your ability to give him.  What makes you certain that Allah would not enrich him and impoverish you?  Woe to you!  Were you not poor without a single atom then Allah Enriched you, Removed your poverty, and Increased your benefits and sustenance beyond your expectations?  Then, He Sent to you a poor person, someone whom He Referred to you , to console him with something of what He has Given you, yet you turn him away in disappointment and do not accept His Assignment.  He will soon Repossess all that He has Given you, Return you to your poverty and beggary, Cast hardness toward you in the hearts of the creatures, and at the same time, Leave you with little patience.  O Allah, Grant us wakefulness before death, repentance before death, Guidance before death, knowing before death, doing business with You before death, returning to Your door before death, and entering to the abode of Your nearness before death!  Amen.”


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