Seeking Du’aa From The Needy Person To Whom One Has Given Sadaqah Is Not Appropriate

Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah have mercy upon him) stated:

Whoever sought du’aa or praise from the poor people (after giving them Sadaqah) has gone outside (the interpreted meaning of) this verse:

إنما نطعمكم لوجه الله لا نريد منكم جزاءً ولا شكوراً
“(Saying): ‘We feed you seeking Allaah’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.” (al-Insaan: 9)

Based upon this verse, whenever ‘Aaisha (may Allaah be pleased with her) sent a gift to a people, she would say to the one whom she sent (to deliver) the gift: “Listen to what they (the people) supplicate with (for us). This is so that you can supplicate for them with the likes of which they supplicated (for us); therefore, our reward remains upon Allaah.”

Source: Majmoo’ al-Fataawaa, 11/111

Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah
2nd Dhul Qi’dah, 1435 (28th August, 2014)
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