Charity removes sin

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Could I know the authenticity and references for the following.

Rasullullah (salallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said: Charity extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire.



Several Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhum) have reported this topic from Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam). One such narration is cited hereunder:


Sayyiduna Mu’adh ibn Jabal (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘Fasting is a shield [from sin] and charity removes sin like water extinguishes the fire.’

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2626- as part of a lengthy Hadith)

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared this narration as authentic (hasan sahih).


Also see: Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 1723 and Targhib, vol.2 pg.11 and pg.83.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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