Lesson One Hundred One: The Best Hands
The Holy Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him and his progeny) said
أَلأيدِى ثَلاثَةٌ: سائَلَةٌ و مُمْسِكَةٌ وَ مُنْفِقَةٌ و خَيْرُ الأَيْدِىْ مُنْفِقَةٌ
There are three types of hands: begging hands, keeping hands and bountiful hands, and the best hands are bountiful hands.1
Islam teaches its followers to aim for high aspirations , far reaching endeavors and strong affection. Therefore it recommends its followers to avoid begging and dependency on others as far as they can. Not only that, it discourages Muslims from hoarding and keeping everything they have for their own exclusive benefit. Rather, they are urged to share their bounties with others as much as they can, and so we read in the above tradition that the best hands are the bountiful hands.
- 1. Tuhaful Uqul, page 32