Hadith on Charity: Upper hand that gives is better than receiving

Abu Umamah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “O son of Adam, to offer your surplus in charity is better for you, and to withhold it is evil for you, yet there is no blame to keep what is needed. Begin by giving to your dependents, for the upper hand is better than the lower hand.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1036

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

عن أبي أمامة قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ إِنَّكَ أَنْ تَبْذُلَ الْفَضْلَ خَيْرٌ لَكَ وَأَنْ تُمْسِكَهُ شَرٌّ لَكَ وَلَا تُلَامُ عَلَى كَفَافٍ وَابْدَأْ بِمَنْ تَعُولُ وَالْيَدُ الْعُلْيَا خَيْرٌ مِنْ الْيَدِ السُّفْلَى

1036 صحيح مسلم كتاب الزكاة باب بيان أن اليد العليا خير من اليد السفلى وأن اليد العليا هي المنفقة وأن السفلى هي الآخذة