“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.