consider; if you disregard it, there is something selfish behind it. Howshould it be given? As in the sight of God; thus shuts out all pretence,show, and insincerity.2.263
Kind words and the covering of faults are better than charity followed by injury. Allah is free of all wants, and He is Most-Forbearing
.Yusuf Ali Commentary: 2.263 :A very high standard is set for charity.
It must be in the way of God.
It must expect no reward in this world.
It must not be followed by references or reminders to the act of charity
Still less should any annoyance or injury be caused to therecipient; e.g. by boasting that the giver relieved the person inthe hour of need.Indeed, the kindness and the spirit which turns a blind eye to other people's faults or short-comings is the essence of charity: these thingsare better than charity if charity is spoilt by tricks that do harm. At thesame time, while no reward is to be expected, there is abundant rewardfrom God -material, moral, and spiritual - according to His own good pleasure and plan. If we spend in the way of God, it is not as if Godwas in need of our charity. On the contrary our shortcomings are sogreat that we require His utmost forbearance before any good that wecan do can merit His praise or reward. Our motives are so mixed thatour best may really be very poor if judged by a very strict standard.2.264
O ye who believe! cancel not your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury,- like those who spend their wealth to be seenof men, but believe neither in Allah nor in the Last Day. They are in parable like a hard, barren rock, on which is a little soil: on it fallsheavy rain, which leaves it (just) a bare stone. They will be able to donothing with aught they have earned. And Allah guideth not thosewho reject faith
.Yusuf Ali Commentary: 2.264 :False charity, "to be seen of men", is really no charity. It is worse, for it betokens a disbelief in God and the Hereafter. "God seeth wellwhatever ye do" (ii 265). It is compared to a hard barren rock on which by chance has fallen a little soil. Good rain, which renders fertile soilmore fruitful, washes away the little soil which this rock had, and