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 494:
On the authority of ‘Adi bin Hatim
While I was sitting with Prophet Muhammed, Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him,(may Allah The Most Gracious be pleased with him) two person came to him; one of them complained about his poverty and the other complained about the prevalence of robberies. Prophet Muhammed, Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “As regards stealing and robberies, there will shortly come a time when a caravan will go to Mecca (from Medina) without any guard. And regarding poverty, The Hour (Day of Judgment) will not be established till one of you wanders about with his object of charity and will not find anybody to accept it And (no doubt) each one of you will stand in front of Allah and there will be neither a curtain nor an interpreter between him and Allah, and Allah will ask him, ‘Did not I give you wealth?’ He will reply in the affirmative. Allah will further ask, ‘Didn’t I send a messenger to you?’ And again that person will reply in the affirmative Then he will look to his right and he will see nothing but Hell-fire, and then he will look to his left and will see nothing but Hell-fire. And so, any (each one) of you should save himself from the fire even by giving half of a date-fruit (in charity). And if you do not find a half date-fruit, then (you can do it through saying) a good pleasant word (to your brethren). (See Hadith No. 793 Vol. 4).
#2.Volume 2, Book 24, Number 495:
On the authority of Abu Musa
Thy Prophet (may Allah Almighty be pleased with him said, “A time will come upon the people when a person will wander about with gold as Zakat and will not find anybody to accept it, and one man will be seen followed by forty women to be their guardian because of scarcity of men and great number of women. ”
#3.Volume 2, Book 24, Number 496:
On the authority of Abu Masud, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:
When the verses of charity were revealed, we used to work as porters. A man came and distributed objects of charity in abundance. And they (the people) said, “He is showing off.” And another man came and gave a sa (a small measure of food grains); they said, “Allah is not in need of this small amount of charity.” And then the Divine Inspiration came: “Those who criticize such of the believers who give in charity voluntarily and those who could not find to give in charity except what is available to them.” (9.79).
#4.Volume 2, Book 24, Number 497:
On the authority of Abu Masud Al-Ansar narrated that “Whenever Prophet Muhammed, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him,(may Allah The Most Gracious be pleased woth himordered us to give in charity, we used to go to the market and work as porters and get a Mudd (a special measure of grain) and then give it in charity. (Those were the days of poverty) and to-day some of us have one hundred thousand.
#5.Volume 2, Book 24, Number 498:
On the authority of ‘Adi bin Hatim heard the Prophet saying
“Save yourself from Hell-fire even by giving half a date-fruit in charity.”
#6.Volume 2, Book 24, Number 499:
On the authority of Aisha, may Allah Almighty be pleased with her, said:
A lady along with her two daughters came to me asking (for some alms), but she found nothing with me except one date which I gave to her and she divided it between her two daughters, and did not eat anything herself, and then she got up and went away. Then the Prophet came in and I informed him about this story. He said, “Whoever is put to trial by these daughters and he treats them generously (with benevolence) then these daughters will act as a shield for him from Hell-Fire.” (See Hadith No. 24, Vol. 8).
#7.Volume 2, Book 24, Number 500:
On the authority of Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, said:
A man came to the Prophet and asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! Which charity is the most superior in reward?” He replied, “The charity which you practice while you are healthy, niggardly and afraid of poverty and wish to become wealthy. Do not delay it to the time of approaching death and then say, ‘Give so much to such and such, and so much to such and such.’ And it has already belonged to such and such (as it is too late).”
#8.Volume 2, Book 24, Number 501:
On the authority of ‘Aisha, peace and blessings of Allah be upon her related that “Some of the wives of the Prophet asked him, “Who amongst us will be the first to follow you (i.e. die after you)?” He said, “Whoever has the longest hand.” So they started measuring their hands with a stick and Sauda’s hand turned out to be the longest. (When Zainab bint Jahsh died first of all in the caliphate of ‘Umar), we came to know that the long hand was a symbol of practicing charity, so she was the first to follow the Prophet and she used to love to practice charity. (Sauda died later in the caliphate of Muawiya).
#9.Volume 2, Book 24, Number 502:
On the authority of Abu Huraira, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, narrated that Prophet Muhammed,(may Allah The Most Gracious be pleased with him said, “A man said that he would give something in charity. He went out with his object of charity and unknowingly gave it to a thief. Next morning the people said that he had given his object of charity to a thief. (On hearing that) he said, “O Allah! All the praises are for you. I will give alms again.” And so he again went out with his alms and (unknowingly) gave it to an adulteress. Next morning the people said that he had given his alms to an adulteress last night. The man said, “O Allah! All the praises are for you. (I gave my alms) to an adulteress. I will give alms again.” So he went out with his alms again and (unknowingly) gave it to a rich person. (The people) next morning said that he had given his alms to a wealthy person. He said, “O Allah! All the praises are for you. (I had given alms) to a thief, to an adulteress and to a wealthy man.” Then someone came and said to him, “The alms which you gave to the thief, might make him abstain from stealing, and that given to the adulteress might make her abstain from illegal sexual intercourse (adultery), and that given to the wealthy man might make him take a lesson from it and spend his wealth which Allah has given him, in Allah’s cause.”