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Meaning of daily Sadaqah

Question

Is the following narration recorded in Musnad At-Tayalisi acceptable to attribute to Nabi (salallahu alayhi wasalam)?

على كل مسلم صدقة في كل يوم

(Musnad At-Tayalisi, Hadith: 497)

 

Answer

Imam Bukhari and others (rahimahumullah) have recorded this Hadith without the clause “every day/daily” (i.e. في كل يوم). Therefore, the overall ruling of this narration is that it is authentic.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1445, 6022)

As for the extra clause of “every day/daily” (في كل يوم) mentioned in the narration of Musnad At-Tayalisi, it is indeed acceptable to attribute to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) as well, since it is an extra that has been reported by a credible narrator. This is in accordance with the well-known principle of Hadith: الزيادة من الثقة مقبولة.

(Refer: Sharhun Nukhbah, pgs. 68-71, and Tadribur Rawi, vol. 3 pgs. 319-331)

 

Hafiz ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has also mentioned various narrations supporting this additional clause in the narration in question.

(Refer: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 1445)

 

Translation

Hereunder is an explanatory translation of the complete narration in question:

Sayydiuna Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari (radiyallahu ‘anhu) has narrated that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) has said: ‘Every Muslim ought to give charity daily.’

They [i.e. the Sahabah – radiyallahu ‘anhum] said: “O prophet of Allah! What about that person who doesn’t have/find anything [to give in charity]?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) answered: ‘He can work with his hand [i.e. make an earning for himself], then benefit himself and give charity.’

They asked: “if he doesn’t [manage to] do that?”

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) replied: ‘He should [then] assist one who is troubled by a need.’

They then asked: “And If he was incapable [of assisting one in need]?”

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: ‘Then he should enjoin good and prohibit evil’

They said: “And if he is unable [to do that as well]?”

Nabi (sallalalhu ‘alayhi wasallam) answered: ‘then he should refrain from evil, for indeed that will be a means of charity for him.’

(Musnad At-Tayalisi, Hadith: 497)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Farhan Shariff

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar