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Trial in wealth

Question

Kindly translate the following Hadith:

أخبرنا محمد بن أبي سعيد ، أبنا زاهر بن أحمد ، أبنا محمد بن معاذ ، ثنا الحسين بن الحسن ، ثنا عبد الوهاب الثقفي ، عن إسحاق بن سويد ، عن مطرف ، أن رجلا من أصحاب رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم حدثه ، أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : إن إعطاء هذا المال فتنة ، وإمساكه فتنة

 

Answer

Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith in his Musnad.

(Musnad Ahmad, vol.5 pg.58)

 

Translation

Mutarrif ibn ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah) reported that a man amongst the companions of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) narrated to him that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) has said: “Verily [in] giving [away] this wealth [there] is a trial and [in] keeping it [also, there] is a trial.

 

Explanation

There is a trial for both the benefactor and beneficiary due to the possibility of tainting one’s spirituality through pride, boastfulness, or any other undesirable disease of the heart; this could also be due to misuse and/or unfitting distribution of the wealth.

[Hashiyatus Sindhi, vol. 5 pg. 67)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

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