Water, salt, and fire
Buhaisah Radhiallaho anha has related that when her father asked RasulullahSallallaho alaihe wasallam "What is the thing not to be refused (if asked for by someone)?" Rasulullah Sallallaho alaihe wasallam replied, "
." Her father then asked the same question again, to which Rasulullah Sallallaho alaihe
wasallam replied, ‘
’. When her father repeated the question once again, the
Prophet Sallallaho alaihe wasallam replied, "
Whatever good you can do (tosomeone) is better for you.
If the water is meant to be taken from the well and salt from a mine, then,according to Shariah, no one has the right to stop anyone who is in need, evenwhen both the water and the salt are owned by someone. Rasulullah Sallallahoalaihe wasallam admonished never to refuse such simple things to a needy person,
as these do not cost the owner much but the receiver’s urgent need is met. As
these ordinary things are commonly available in homes, their urgent need and scarcity is not felt. A small quantity of salt given to someone for his curry will makehis food tasty, without much loss to you. Similar is the case in respect of givingwater to someone. Aishah Radhiallaho anha narrates that Rasulullah Sallallaho alaihe wasallam said,"It is improper to refuse three things to anyone: salt, water and a bit of live fire." She then said that the need for giving water was understood, but the case of salt and fire was not clear? Rasulullah Sallallaho alaihe wasallam replied, "OHumairah! When someone gives a bit of fire to a person in need, it is as if all thethings cooked on the fire were given as Sadaqah to the needy; and for the onewho gives a bit of salt, all things that become tasty by its use will count asSadaqah. So the gain to the giver is enormous". In the main Hadith, RasulullahSallallaho alaihe wasallam has mentioned two things as examples and then he has
stated a principle, ‘to do good as much as you can to someone is good for you".
The fact is that when someone does any type of favour to another person, it is
indeed a favour to oneself: Allah Ta’ala’s commandments mentioned, says, that
whatever you spend in the path of Allah, you will receive a return from Him. It has