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Give a Meal to a Hungry Person, Water to a Thirsty Person, And a Dress to the Naked

Give a Meal to a Hungry Person, Water to a Thirsty Person, And a Dress to the Naked

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“Give a meal to a hungry person, water to a thirsty person, and a dress to the naked.” 
Muhammad Sallallaho alaihe wasallam has said, "Whoever gives clothes to a naked Muslim,
 Allah Ta’ala will give him a green dress to wear in Jannah; and he who gives something to eat to a hungry Muslim, Allah Ta’ala will feed him with the fruits of Jannah;
and the one who gives
a drink of water to a thirsty Muslim, Allah Ta’ala will give him a drink of sealed wine in
Note: The ‘sealed wine’ refers to that holy drink which, as indicated in the Holy Qur’an, would 
be reserved for the pious people in Jannah.
 As Allah Ta’ala has said:
 "The righteous will be in delightful comfort, sitting in their (curtained) seats, (looking at thewonders of Jannah). O listener, you will notice the freshness and gaiety in their faces, due tothe comforts (of Jannah). They will have the sealed wine for a drink, the seal will be of musk.The greedy ought to have the greed for this bliss (this is what one should strive for)." (at-Tatfeef: 22-26)Mujahid Rahmathullah alaihe says that Raheeq is one of the types of wine in Jannah, which ismade from musk with a mixture of the Tasneem which, according to Qatadah Rahmathullahalaihe, is the most superior drink of Jannah. The favourites will drink it pure, while thosebelow them will have a mixture of it. According to Hasan Basri Rahmathullah alaihe, Raheeqis the wine which has a mixture of Tasneem.The above Hadith mentions the virtues relating to giving a meal or a drink to a hungry personand a dress to the naked. It may be that the giver himself be in need of food or drink or clothes, yet he gives to others. With this aspect, the Hadith is in line with the interpretation of the Ayat No. 28 under Ayaat above, meaning:"They prefer others to themselves, although they have the same need". Another view would relate it to the state of the recipients need; if they are in urgent need of something and that need is fulfilled by someone, the latter will receive correspondingly more
reward and blessing of Allah Ta’ala than that of Sadaqah to the poor under normal 
conditions.For example, there is a reward for giving clothes to a poor person, but for giving cloth to anaked person or one in tatters, the reward will be considerably more. To give food to a poor  person will be definitely rewarded, but to feed a starving person will receive exceedingly  greater reward and blessings. Similarly, to give water for drinking to anybody is rewarded,but to give water to someone who is extremely thirsty will receive so much reward and blessings that his life-long sins would be expunged, as has been mentioned in a Hadith,wherein a prostitute got forgiveness for the sins of all her life for giving water to a thirsty dog.
“Give a meal to a hungry person, water to a thirsty person, and a dress to the naked.” 
Under the series of Ayaat above, at No. 23 a saying of Rasulullah Sallallaho alaihe wasallamhas been recorded that one who goes from door to door, begging for a morsel or two of bread,is not really a poor person; it is the one who neither has sufficient provision to meet his needsnor anyone knows about his circumstances to come to his help; he is the only truly poor.Ibne Umar Radhiallaho anho has narrated the saying of Rasulullah Sallallaho alaihe
wasallam to the effect that whoever undertakes to meet the needs of a brother, Allah Ta’alawill look after his needs; and whosoever saves a Muslim from calamity, Allah Ta’ala will 
 protect him from one of his calamities on the Day of Judgements; and when someone providesa dress to a Muslim to cover his body and prevents a disclosure of his shortcomings, Allah
Ta’ala will provide for him the same type of cover on
the Day of Qiyamah. (Mishkaat)Several such matters have been mentioned by the Sahabah Radhiallaho anhum. Another Hadith has it that when someone keeps quiet about some defect in a person, be it concerninghis body or behaviour, the reward for that will be the same as for digging out of the grave aman who has been buried alive. (Mishkaat).
 Allah Ta’ala has said, (which has been mentioned under Ay 
at No. 25):"Those who spent their money and fought in the path of Allah before the conquest of Makkah,cannot be equalled by others". (al-Hadeed: 10)The reason for this as stated by the Ulama is that the need for spending before the conquest of Makkah was very great; that is why it is rated very high. According to the author of Jamal, when Islam and the Muslims had not yet attained highhonour and prestige and the Muslims were in a greater need of help, both physical and  financial, they were the first and the foremost among the Muhajireen and Ansaar, about whom Rasulullah Sallallaho alaihe wasallam has said that Sadaqah in gold, of size of mount Uhud, given by others, will not equal a Mudd (about a kilogram) or even half Mudd given by those in the ranks of early Muhajireen and Ansaar. Apart from this, there are many narrations wherein Rasulullah Sallallaho alaihe wasallamhas warned and exhorted his companions to give preference to those who are in urgent need.To accept an invitation to Valima (marriage
feast) is desirable. However, one of the Ahadithnarrates Rasulullah Sallallaho alaihe wasallam as saying that the Valima meal is the worst type of meal, as only the rich usually are invited to it and the poor are overlooked. (Mishkaat).Thus the feast is of a worst kind when only important persons are invited to it, and not the poor ones, but if that is not so, attending it is desirable according to Sunnah.One Hadith says that a person will be rewarded for giving water to a Muslim, when the water is available generally, as if he had freed a slave; whereas giving a drink of water to someone

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