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7. Give sadaqa, and start with your family.
The Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wasallam told
us that (the reward of) our sadaqa will
remain with us after our death, and
whatever we give to our spouse or
children is a sadaqa. To leave your
family with wealth is better than to
leave them poor.
Sa'd ibn Abu Waqqas narrated that
Allah's Messenger sallAllahu alayhi wasal-
lam said, "...whatever you spend (for
Allah's sake) you will be rewarded
for it, even for a morsel of food which
you may put in the mouth of
your wife." [Bukhari].

Hakim ibn Hizam narrated that
the Prophet sallAllahu alayhi wasallam said:
"The upper hand is better than the
lower hand, (i.e., he who
gives charity is better than him who
takes it). One should start giving first
to his dependents." [Bukhari]