Spending that which you love most

 

Allah says: By no means shall you attain Al-Birr, unless you spend of that which you love; and whatever of good you spend, Allah knows it well.

In his Tafsir, Waki reported, that `Amr bin Maymun said that By no means shall you attain Al-Birr’ is in reference to attaining Paradise.

 

The Story of the garden of Abu Talha RadhiAllahu Anhu

Imam Ahmad reported that Anas bin Malik said:

Abu Talhah had more property than any other among the Ansar in Al-Madinah, and the most beloved of his property to him was Bayruha’ garden, which was in front of the Messenger’s Masjid.

Sometimes, Allah’s Messenger Sallalahu Alayhi wa sallam used to go to the garden and drink its fresh water.

When these verses were revealed: ‘By no means shall you attain Al-Birr unless You spend of that which you love’,  Abu Talha RadhiAllahu Anhu said:

“O Allah’s Messenger! Allah says: ‘By no means shall you attain Al-Birr, unless you spend of that which you love’. No doubt, Bayruha’ garden is the most beloved of all my property to me. So I want to give it in charity in Allah’s cause, and I expect its reward and compensation from Allah. O Allah’s Messenger! Spend it where Allah makes you think is feasible.”

On that, Allah’s Messenger Sallalahu Alayhi wa sallam said:

“Well-done! It is profitable property, it is profitable property. I have heard what you have said, and I think it would be proper if you gave it to your kith and kin.”

Abu Talhah said:

“I will do so, O Allah’s Messenger.”

Then Abu Talhah distributed that garden among his relatives and cousins.

This Hadith was recorded in the Two Sahihs.

 

[ Entirely taken from the book ‘Tafsir Ibn Kathir’ ]