Excellence of the grateful wealthy person. He is the one who takes wealth properly and spends it the ways which have been commanded

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

64. Chapter: On the excellence of the grateful wealthy person. He is the one who takes wealth properly and spends it the ways which have been commanded

Allah says, "As for him who gives out and is godfearing and confirms the Good, We will pave his way to Ease," (92:5-7)

and the Almighty says, "The most godfearing will be far removed from it: those who give their wealth to purify themselves ­ not to repay someone else for a favour done ­ desiring only the Face of their Lord Most High. They will certainly be satisfied." (92:17-21)

Allah says, "If you make your sadaqa public, that is good. But if you conceal it and give it to the poor, that is better for you, and We will erase some of your bad actions from you. Allah is aware of everything you do." (W2:270; H2:272)

The Almighty related, "You will not attain true goodness until you give of what you love. Whatever you give away, Allah knows it." (W3:91-92; H3:92)

571. 'Abdullah ibn Mas'ud reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "You can only have envy for two things: for a man to whom Allah has given wealth which he spends in the way of the truth, and for a man to whom Allah has given wisdom and he acts by it and teaches it." [Agreed upon]

572. Ibn 'Umar reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "You can only have envy for two things: for a man to whom Allah has given the Qur'an and he gets up and recites it throughout the night, and for a man to whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it throughout the night and the day." [Agreed upon]

573. Abu Hurayra reported that the poor Muhajirun came to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said, "The wealthy have appropriated the high degrees and abiding bliss." He said, "How is that?" He said, "They pray as we pray and they fast as we fast, but they give sadaqa and we do not give sadaqa and they set free slaves and we do not set free slaves." The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Shall I inform you of something by which you will overtake those who have preceded you and precede those who come after you and no one will be better than you unless he does the same as you do?" They said, "By all means, Messenger of Allah." He said, "You should say 'Glory be to Allah,' 'Praise be to Allah,' and 'Allah is greater' thirty-three times after every prayer." The poor Muhajirun then returned to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said, "Our brothers who possess property heard about what we were doing and they have done the same." The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "That is a favour which Allah gives to anyone He wills." [Agreed upon]