The following is a continuation of the top 40 hadith shedding light on how, why and to whom we should give out Zakat . Enjoy!
#1. Volume 2, Book 24, Number 551 :
On the authority of ‘Urwa bin Az-Zubair and Said bin Al-Musaiyab, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:
Hakim bin Hizam said, “(Once) I asked Prophet Muhammed, Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him,(for something) and he gave it to me. Again I asked and he gave (it to me). Again I asked and he gave (it to me). And then he said, “O Hakim! This property is like a sweet fresh fruit; whoever takes it without greediness, he is blessed in it, and whoever takes it with greediness, he is not blessed in it, and he is like a person who eats but is never satisfied; and the upper (giving) hand is better than the lower (receiving) hand.” Hakim added, “I said to Prophet Muhammed, Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him,, ‘By Him (Allah) Who sent you with the Truth, I shall never accept anything from anybody after you, till I leave this world.’ ” Then Abu Bakr (during his caliphate) called Hakim to give him his share from the war booty (like the other companions of the Prophet ), he refused to accept anything. Then ‘Umar (during his caliphate) called him to give him his share but he refused. On that ‘Umar said, “O Muslims! I would like you to witness that I offered Hakim his share from this booty and he refused to take it.” So Hakim never took anything from anybody after the Prophet till he died.
#2. Volume 2, Book 24, Number 552 :
‘Umar, may Allah Almighty be please with him, said:
Prophet Muhammed, Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him,used to give me something but I would say to him, “would you give it to a poorer and more needy one than l?” The Prophet (may Allah Almighty be pleased with him said to me, “Take it. If you are given something from this property, without asking for it or having greed for it take it; and if not given, do not run for it.”
#3. Volume 2, Book 24, Number 553 :
On the authority of ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:
The Prophet said, “A man keeps on asking others for something till he comes on the Day of Resurrection without any piece of flesh on his face.” The Prophet added, “On the Day of Resurrection, the Sun will come near (to, the people) to such an extent that the sweat will reach up to the middle of the ears, so, when all the people are in that state, they will ask Adam for help, and then Moses, and then Muhammad (may Allah The Most Gracious be pleased woth him.” The sub-narrator added “Muhammad will intercede with Allah to judge amongst the people. He will proceed on till he will hold the ring of the door (of Paradise) and then Allah will exalt him to Maqam Mahmud (the privilege of intercession, etc.). And all the people of the gathering will send their praises to Allah.
#4. Volume 2, Book 24, Number 554 :
On the authority of Abu Huraira, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:
The Prophet said, “The poor person is not the one who asks a morsel or two (of meals) from the others, but the poor is the one who has nothing and is ashamed to beg from others.”
#5. Volume 2, Book 24, Number 555 :
Ash-sha’bi, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:
The clerk of Al-Mughira bin Shu’ba narrated, “Muawiya wrote to Al-Mughira bin Shu’ba: Write to me something which you have heard from the Prophet (may Allah The Most Gracious be pleased woth him.” So Al-Mughira wrote: I heard the Prophet saying, “Allah has hated for you three things: 1. Vain talks, (useless talk) that you talk too much or about others. 2. Wasting of wealth (by extravagance) 3. And asking too many questions (in disputed religious matters) or asking others for something (except in great need). (See Hadith No. 591, Vol. Ill)