Whoever has ‘the longest hands’


عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، رَضِیَ اللہُ عَنْھَا أَنَّ بَعْضَ، أَزْوَاجِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّی اللہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ قُلْنَ لِلنَّبِيِّ صَلَّی اللہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ أَيُّنَا أَسْرَعُ بِكَ لُحُوقًا قَالَ ‏أَطْوَلُكُنَّ يَدًا‏ فَأَخَذُوا قَصَبَةً يَذْرَعُونَهَا، فَكَانَتْ سَوْدَةُ أَطْوَلَهُنَّ يَدًا، فَعَلِمْنَا بَعْدُ أَنَّمَا كَانَتْ طُولَ يَدِهَا الصَّدَقَةُ، وَكَانَتْ أَسْرَعَنَا لُحُوقًا بِهِ وَكَانَتْ تُحِبُّ الصَّدَقَةَ‏.‏

Hazrat Aishara narrates, “Some of the wives of the Holy Prophetsa asked him, ‘Who amongst us will be the first to follow you (i.e., to pass away after him)?’ He said, ‘Whoever has the longest hands.’ So, they started measuring their hands with a stick and Sauda’sra hands turned out to be the longest. We came to know that the ‘long hands’ was a metaphor for practising charity, so she was the first to follow the Holy Prophetsa and dear to her was the practice of giving charity.”

(Sahih al-Bukhari, Kitab al-Zakat, Hadith 1420)

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