Stinginess of the soul

So fear Allāh as much as you are able and listen and obey and spend [in the way of Allāh]; it is better for your selves. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be the successful.
(At-Taghaabun: 16)
An Exclusive Translation for Sisters Upon Al-Istiqaamah
And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be the successful.
Ibn Jareer reports in his Tafseer (22/530) upon the authority of Abul Hayyaaj Al-Asadee who said:
“I was making Tawaaf around the Kabah and I saw a man and he was saying, ‘O Allah, protect me from the stinginess of my soul.’ and He would not add to that. So I mentioned this to him and he said, ‘If I am protected from the stinginess of my soul I will not steal, I will not fornicate and I would not do anything else (that is forbidden).’ And the man was ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Awf!”
This is from his precise understanding (May Allah be pleased with him) as verily it is authentically reported that stinginess is amongst the worst character flaws.
Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) said that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Who is your leader, O Banu Salamah?” Jabir said, ‘We replied, ‘Judd ibn Qays, although we think that he is a miser.’’ He said, “What illness is worse than miserliness? Your master is ‘Amr ibn al-Jamuh.”
‘Amr used to be in charge of their idols during Jaahiliyyah (the pre-Islamic era) and he would [i.e. after embracing Islam] conduct a wedding feast for the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) if he got married.’ Al-Adab Al-Mufrad (296) and authenticated by Albaanee in Saheeh Al-Adab Al-Mufrad (227).
This was the generoisy of ‘Amr in Islam. For he would spend his wealth for the wedding feasts of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) after he once used to spend it upon the idols in Jahiliyyah.
Taken from the book Min Kulli Surah Faa’idah (p. 323)
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