`Adi bin Hatim (Radhiallahu anhu) reported, Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:
“Guard yourselves against the Fire (of Hell) even if it be only with half a date-fruit (given in charity); and if you cannot afford even that, you should at least say a good word.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
This Hadith highlights the point that Sadaqah has great benefits and even in its minimum scope and quantity it can ensure our safety against Hell-fire. We are told that if we do not have even a single date or half of it to give to a needy person, we can manage to have the same benefit by talking to him in a compassionate tone, provided we have Faith in our heart.
Riyad-us-Saliheen – Hadith No : 693