The intention one should have when giving charity


Is this statement of Sayyiduna ‘Uthman (radiyallahu ‘anhu) authentic?

“Your charity will not be accepted until you believe, “I need the reward more than the beggar needs the money.”



I have not come across this as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Uthman (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

‘Allamah Zamakhshari (rahimahullah) has cited a similar narration as the statement of Imam Sha’bi (rahimahullah), without a chain of narrators.

(Rabi’ul Abrar Wa Nususul Akhbar, vol. 2 pg. 290)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar