December 03: All perfect praise is due to Allaah; I testify that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad is His Slave and Messenger; may Allaah send salutations and exalt his mention, as well as that of his family and all his companions.
Anas ibn Maalik (RadiAllahu anhu), narrated: “When the verse: which means: “Never will you attain the good reward [or righteousness] until you spend [in the way of Allaah] from that which you love” was revealed, Abu Talhah (RadiAllahu anhu), went to the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allaah! Allaah has revealed this, and the dearest of my wealth is Bayr-Haa’, (which was a garden that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) liked to visit, sit in the shade of its trees and drink from its well) I am giving it up for the sake of Allaah and His Messenger hoping for its reward in the Hereafter, so use it in whichever way Allaah likes.”
Thereupon, the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “ O Abu Talhah! Bakhin, Bakh, (an expression used to denote surprise and approval) this indeed is a profitable trade, your charity is accepted, and I see that you should give it to your relatives.” So he (RadiAllahu anhu), distributed it amongst his relatives.” Another narration of this story states: “He gave it to his paternal relatives.” Two of these relatives were Hassaan and Ubayy, (RadiAllahu anhuma); Hassaan (RadiAllahu anhu), sold his share to Mu’aawiyah castle of Banu Huthaylah.
This narration was reported in the books of the great Imaams Bukhaari and Muslim , (r.a.), and it informs us of how the Companions, (RadiAllahu anhuma), would respond to the Qur’aan and how their hearts would receive the revelation with belief and full submission, as well as their immediate practical implementation by acting in accordance with the implications of the revealed verses. When this verse was revealed, the Companions, (RadiAllahu anhuma), knew that this great rank of righteousness and its huge reward cannot be attained unless one spends the dearest of what he possesses; it is mentioned in one of the narrations of this story that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) recited the aforementioned verse whilst on the pulpit, and that Abu Talhah, (RadiAllahu anhu), immediately stood up as soon as he heard the verse – as soon as the words of his Lord were recited before him – he stood up without thinking for long or delaying his reaction; he stood up and offered the best of his wealth; he immediately spent it and then said words that reflected his sincerity, he said that the reason for him doing this was that he hoped for its reward with Allaah. After that, he gave authority to the most knowledgeable person to make use of it as he saw fit. Also, the great suggestion of the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was so because spending on relatives acquires a double reward: it entails the reward of charity as well as the reward for maintaining good ties with kinsfolk. Anas (RadiAllahu anhu), said: “ Abu Talhah was one of the richest people amongst the Ansaar (i.e., residents of Madeenah).” In another narration, it is stated that his wealth consisted of palm trees, and he had other gardens, but this one which he gave in charity was the best of them all.