Fajr Alms: Hastening Good to Avoid Bad

Fajr alms is a form of hastening to do good. Humans will never know what will happen in the future, so immediately doing good is highly recommended.

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Illustration. Fajr alms from benefactors can feed the impoverished people. (ACTNews/Abdurrahman Rabbani)

ACTNews, SOUTH JAKARTA – Giving charity is one way to resist disaster. Prophet Muhammad PBUH also says alms is a sign of someone who believes in the existence of the Day of Judgment. Hence, when is the right time to give charity?

Charity can be done anytime and anywhere. However, one of the hadiths of the Prophet mentions alms at dawn or before sunrise has great virtue.

Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: There is never a day wherein servants (of God) get up at morn, but are not visited by two angels. One of them says: 0 Allah, give him more who spends (for the sake of Allah), and the other says: 0 Allah, bring destruction to one who withholds. (Narrated by Bukhari 1442 & Muslim 2383).

Charity is a good deed. Allah commands His servants to hasten in doing good. Allah in His word classifies those who hasten in goodness as those who are solemn (in prayer), like the Prophet Zakaria.

“So We answered his prayer, granted him John, and made his wife fertile. Indeed, they used to race in doing good and call upon Us with hope and fear, totally humbling themselves before Us.” Surah Al-Anbiya 21: 90.

Prophet Muhammad PBUH also ordered his people to immediately do good. Humans do not know what will happen in the future. Hence, goodness must be done immediately.

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the night. A man would be a believer in the morning and turn to disbelief in the evening, or he would be a believer in the evening and turn disbeliever in the morning, and would sell his Faith for worldly goods." (Narrated by Muslim).[]