بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الَّذِينَ يَلْمِزُونَ الْمُطَّوِّعِينَ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ فِي الصَّدَقَاتِ وَالَّذِينَ لَا يَجِدُونَ إِلَّا جُهْدَهُمْ فَيَسْخَرُونَ مِنْهُمْ ۙ سَخِرَ اللَّـهُ مِنْهُمْ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ
Those who defame such of the believers who give charity (in Allah’s Cause) voluntarily, and those who could not find to give charity (in Allah’s Cause) except what is available to them, so they mock at them (believers), Allah will throw back their mockery on them, and they shall have a painful torment. [Surah At-Tawbah (9) : 79]
Ibn Kathir states in his explanation of this ayah (verse):
“Among the traits of the hypocrites is that they will not leave anyone without defaming and ridiculing him in all circumstances even those who give away charity. If, for instance, someone gives away a large amount, the hypocrites say that he is showing off. If someone gives away a small amount they say that Allah stands not in need of this man’s charity. Al-Bukhari recorded that Ubaydullah ibn Said said that Abu An-Numan Al-Basri said that Shubah narrated that Sulayman said that Abu Wail said that Abu Masud 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 (hypocrites) said, `He is showing off.’ Another man came and gave a Saa (a small measure of food grains); they said, `Allah is not in need of this small amount of charity.’ Then the Ayah was revealed;
﴿الَّذِينَ يَلْمِزُونَ الْمُطَّوِّعِينَ﴾
(Those who defame the volunteers…)” Muslim collected this Hadith in the Sahih. Al-Awfi narrated that Ibn Abbas said, “One day, the Messenger of Allah went out to the people and called them to bring forth their charity, and they started bringing their charity. Among the last to come forth was a man who brought a Saa of dates, saying, `O Allah’s Messenger! This is a Saa of dates. I spent the night bringing water and earned two Saa of dates for my work. I kept one Saa and brought you the other Saa. ‘ The Messenger of Allah ordered him to add it to the charity. Some men mocked that man, saying, ‘Allah and His Messenger are not in need of this charity. What benefit would this Saa of yours bring Abdur-Rahman bin Awf asked Allah’s Messenger , `Are there any more people who give charity’ The Messenger of Allah said,
«لَمْ يَبْقَ أَحَدٌ غَيْرُك»
(None besides you!) Abdur-Rahman bin Awf said, `I will give a hundred Uqiyah of gold as a charity.’ Umar bin Al-Khattab said to him, `Are you crazy’ Abdur-Rahman said, `I am not crazy.’ Umar said, `Have you given what you said would give Abdur-Rahman said, `Yes. I have eight thousand (Dirhams), four thousand I give as a loan to my Lord and four thousand I keep for myself.’ The Messenger of Allah said,
«بَارَكَ اللهُ لَكَ فِيمَا أَمْسَكْتَ وَفِيمَا أَعْطَيْت»
(May Allah bless you for what you kept and what you gave away). However, the hypocrites defamed him, `By Allah! Abdur-Rahman gave what he gave just to show off.’ They lied, for Abdur-Rahman willingly gave that money, and Allah revealed about his innocence and the innocence of the fellow who was poor and brought only a Saa of dates. Allah said in His Book,
﴿الَّذِينَ يَلْمِزُونَ الْمُطَّوِّعِينَ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ فِي الصَّدَقَـتِ﴾
(Those who defame such of the believers who give charity voluntarily) (9:79).”’ A similar story was narrated from Mujahid and several others. Ibn Ishaq said, “Among the believers who gave away charity were Abdur-Rahman bin Awf who gave four thousand Dirhams and Asim bin Adi from Bani Ajlan. This occurred after the Messenger of Allah encouraged and called for paying charity. Abdur-Rahman bin Awf stood and gave away four thousand Dirhams. Asim bin Adi also stood and gave a hundred Wasaq of dates, but some people defamed them, saying, `They are showing off.’ As for the person who gave the little that he could afford, he was Abu Aqil, from Bani Anif Al-Arashi, who was an ally of Bani Amr bin Awf. He brought a Saa of dates and added it to the charity. They laughed at him, saying, `Allah does not need the Saa of Abu Aqil.”’ Allah said,
﴿فَيَسْخَرُونَ مِنْهُمْ سَخِرَ اللَّهُ مِنْهُمْ﴾
(so they mock at them (believers); Allah will throw back their mockery on them) rebuking them for their evil actions and defaming the believers. Truly, the reward, or punishment, is equitable to the action. Allah treated them the way mocked people are treated, to aid the believers in this life. Allah has prepared a painful torment in the Hereafter for the hypocrites, for the recompense is similar to the deed.”
The hypocrites can’t be bothered to keep their own promises to do good but when others try to do something good, they need to mock them for it!
So, we should avoid mocking the good deeds of others, or else we will have behaved like hypocrites.
Also, we should not be bothered about what others have to say about our good deeds. They can laugh and say “Show off!” or they can say “That’s it???” but their reaction doesn’t matter because nothing will ever be good enough for these types of people.
Yes, it is very hurtful to hear this kind of stuff, but we need to remember that the important thing is whether Allah accepts our deeds or not. Remember: the acceptance of deeds goes back to two things: sincerity to Allah and following the way of the Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).
So we need to go ahead and do good deeds, whether a little or a lot (but preferably a lot).
May Allah save us from these types of people and also save us from becoming like them.