Imam Abdur-Rahmaan bin Naasir As-Sa’dee rahimahul-llah (died year 1376) commented on verse 3 in Al-Baqarah {Who believe in the unseen, establish the prayer and spend out from what We have provided for them} :

“At many times the exalted combined between the prayer and the Zakaah in the Qur’aan. This is because the prayer entails sincerity to the worshiped, and Zakaah and spending entail being good to his servants. So the rubric of happiness of the servant is in him being sincere to the worshiped and exerting effort to benefit the creation. Similarly the rubric of the unhappiness of the servant is having neither sincerity nor being good” End

Tafsir As-Si’dee 1/36-37

Arabic text:

قال العلّامة عبد الرحمن بن ناصر السّعدي رحمه الله في تفسير سورة البقرة: وكثيرا ما يجمع تعالى بين الصلاة والزكاة في القرآن، لأن الصلاة متضمنة للإخلاص للمعبود، والزكاة والنفقة متضمنة للإحسان على عبيده، فعنوان سعادة العبد إخلاصه للمعبود، وسعيه في نفع الخلق، كما أن عنوان شقاوة العبد عدم هذين الأمرين منه، فلا إخلاص ولا إحسان.

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