Hadith on Sadaqah: Blameworthy to give low-quality charity

‘Awf ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, came to us in the mosque and he had a staff in his hand. A man among us had hung a bundle of brittle dates, so the Prophet started striking that bundle with his staff and he said, “If he wished he could have given better charity than this. Verily, the one who gave this in charity will eat brittle dates on the Day of Resurrection.

Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd 1608

Grade: Sahih li ghayrihi (authentic due to external evidence) according to Al-Arna’ut

عَنْ عَوْفِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ قَالَ دَخَلَ عَلَيْنَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم الْمَسْجِدَ وَبِيَدِهِ عَصًا وَقَدْ عَلَّقَ رَجُلٌ مِنَّا قِنًا حَشَفًا فَطَعَنَ بِالْعَصَا فِي ذَلِكَ الْقِنْوِ وَقَالَ‏ لَوْ شَاءَ رَبُّ هَذِهِ الصَّدَقَةِ تَصَدَّقَ بِأَطْيَبَ مِنْهَا إِنَّ رَبَّ هَذِهِ الصَّدَقَةِ يَأْكُلُ الْحَشَفَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ

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