Sadaqah (charity) can Guard ourselves from Jahannam (hell fire)

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`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]

Commentary:
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

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