Giving Gifts

Giving and receiving gifts is an important part of the Islamic culture. It serves as a foundation of the faith because it develops and increases love between mankind. The Prophet (PBUH) gave and received gifts throughout his blessed life and instructed the Muslims to do the same. He said, “Give gifts and you shall love one another” (Bukhari). Gift must be given with the intention to please Allah. They can be given to parents, siblings, relatives and friends. Aishah reported, The Prophet said, “Give gifts to one another, for gifts take away rancor.”  Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.758 Narrated by Aisha, “The Messenger of Allah (saws) used to accept gifts and used to give something in return.”

During marriage husband presets his wife ‘mehr’ as gift. It is an obligatory condition in an Islamic marriage. Allah says in the holy Quran chapter 4 of Surah Nisaa verse 4: “And give the women (on marriage) their dower as a free gift; but if they of their own good pleasure remit any part of it to you, take it and enjoy it with right good cheer.”  While going to visit someone it is good manners to give them gift. Giving gifts on births and marriages is also a common Islamic custom.

A Muslim should whole heartedly accept gifts from non Muslims too. Al-Bukhaari gave a chapter in his Saheeh the title of: Accepting gifts from the mushrikeen. He reported: Abu Hurayrah (RS) said, narrating from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): “Ibrahim migrated with Saarah and entered a city in which there was a king or a tyrant, and he said: ‘Give her Haajar (as a gift).’” And the Prophet Ibrahim was given as a gift a (roast) sheep in which there was poison. Abu Humayd said: The king of Aylah gave the Prophet Ibrahim a white mule and a cloak, and wrote to him. And he mentioned the story of the Jewish woman and her gift of a poisoned sheep to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Further it is permissible to give gifts to mushrikeen and kafirs too but not on their festivals because that is regarded as approving of or participating in celebration of the false festival.  

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