What is beneficence?

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SHAFAQNA – The arch angel Jabrail said: O’ Prophet of Allah (SWT), tell me about beneficence (the word “Ehsan” in Arabic). The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) replied: Beneficence is that you do deeds for the sake of God as if you see God. Therefore, if you do not see God, truly God does not see you [1, 2]. It is also narrated from the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) when asked about beneficence, he replied: Beneficence is that you pray to God as if you see the Almighty. Therefore, if you do not see God, certainly God does not see you [3, 4]. The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) advising Abuzar, said: O’ Abuzar, Pray to God as if you see the Almighty. Therefore, if you do not see God, know that, Allah (SWT) sees you and know that the first prayer to God is to find knowledge about this issue [5, 6].

[1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 59, Page 260-261.

[2] Aldurral Manthoor by Soyoti, Page 93.

[3] Almajmaul Bayan, Vol. 3, page 116 on the Ayah 113 ofSurah Al-Nesa.

[4] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 70, page 219.

[5] Makaremul Akhlaq, Page 537.

[6] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 77, page 75-76.

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