Gifts and Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him)
The exchange of gifts is viewed as a transaction in our society. On many occasions we give gifts to fill the ritual world giving gifts to each other is part of human civilization. In Islam, too, there are examples of exchanging gifts with the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him). But there are also some gift-giving rules.
The first principle is that the gift is given to increase love between people. The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said:”If you send gifts to each other, love will be created and the bitterness of hearts will go away.”But the exchange of gifts is seen as a transaction in our society. On many occasions, we give gifts to fill the ritual world. So that our honor is not harmed. Giving a gift in the eyes of the transaction and the ritual world is an insult to the gift.
Gifts are given on the basis of sincerity. So that love grows between two human beings, not to strengthen the human “I”.A person who knows how to give gifts based on sincerity and love. Even if he does not receive a gift in return, his sincerity and love cannot be diminished. Therefore, it should be ensured that the gift is given only with the spirit of love and sincerity. This is the requirement of the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
Second, the value of the gift does not depend on the amount of money. A gift was given on the basis of sincerity and love. It cannot be priced. So even if someone’s gift is not very valuable. But it should be gladly accepted. There is a hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this regard: “If someone offers me a goat’s pie as a gift, I will accept it. If someone feeds me only one goat’s feast, I will definitely go to his feast.”The third is that giving a gift requires that we give the other person the same gift that we like for ourselves. Don’t like anything that is timeless in your own eyes. Once a relative sent a used envelope of dates a few days before Eid-ul-Fitr. Ramadan was just a few days away.
So don’t disrespect someone by giving them a gift. Don’t underestimate them.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:”By the One in Whose hand is my soul. No servant can be a believer unless he chooses for his brother what he does for himself.”Fourth, never lose sight of the moderation of giving a gift. Don’t burden the other with your circumstances and financial status. So that he does not consider your sincerity a burden. Which later became difficult for him. Giving gifts is a Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Its greatest and most basic requirement is that it be given on the basis of love and sincerity. Therefore, the above requirements should be taken care of while giving a gift.