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Sadaqah: Securing Ones Akhira

29 July 2011 5,874 views 3 Comments

I met a religious Spanish couple who’d been Muslim for two years. They’re in their early twenties, with three beautiful children. It later broke my heart to find out that the lack of help from the Muslim community forced them into a Christian homeless shelter. Can you imagine? A young Muslim couple with babies, surrounded by drug infested walls?!

“Too often we perceive that we’re in control of our finances. We’re afraid to give too much so not to be financially burdened. Not enough live confidently that Allah will bless, protect, and replenish our wealth if we contribute for His sake.” Allah promises, “Surely the charitable men, and charitable women, who have lent Allah a good loan, [their contributions] shall be multiplied for them, and for them is a generous reward.” [57:18]. Allah uses the word “loan”; most people give when they’re confident of being repaid; this ensures not just repayment, but in manifold. Therefore we shouldn’t think of Sadaqah as decreasing our wealth, it is actually like we’re investing it. In a hadith Qudsi, the Almighty says: “O people spend and I will spend upon you.” The infinite reward is pictured in the verse “[For] those who spend their wealth in the cause of Allah, their likeness is as a grain growing seven ears, in each ear there are one hundred grains, and Allah multiplies His bounty for whom He pleases…” [2:61] Yahya Ibn Mu’ath further elaborated “The only grain I know that will outweigh the mountains of the world is a grain of charity.” – Subhanallah.

There are many benefits for giving charity.  Ibn Umar reported the Prophet PBUH (Peace Be Upon Him) saying: “The most preferred of deeds by Allah is to enable a faithful person to become happy, relive him of a problem, pay a debt for him or provide for his hunger.” Showing how the act of giving stands superior to other actions. And the tremendous reward is immediate, and the feeling of making a difference in someone’s life is indescribable. Charity benefits the giver, the recipient and it stretches out benefiting the community. It solves the poverty problem, promoting social responsibility, in turn creating a loving bond between the rich and poor, which limits envy, therefore decreases crime rate. “Charity locks seventy doors of evil.” Add to this the benefit of protection from illness and ailment; the Prophet PBUH said; “Heal your sick with charity.”

We are taught that without repentance we won’t enter Jannah. And Allah has made charity a way to repent for our sins, correcting mistakes, and gaining forgiveness. Allah says, “Compete in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a garden as extensive as the Heavens and the Earth prepared for the pious. Those who spend (in charity)…” [3:133-134]. The Prophet PBUH said, “Be charitable, even by giving (something small as) a date, for it provides for a hungry person, and wipes away a sin like water puts out fire.” The erasing of sins, means protection from punishment. The Prophet PBUH said, “separate between yourself and the fire of Hell, even if only giving to charity a part of a date.” And specifically to sisters “O women, spend money for charity, for I saw you were the people most populating Hell.” May Allah keep the mothers of our children away from that dreadful destination!

There is a scary yet comforting hadith concerning the trials of the grave. When the angels of punishment comes for someone trying to grab his hand these actions like charity will intervene and say, “Get away, how much these hands spent to gain the blessing of Allah, you cannot reach him.” Until finally the angels of punishment leave and your told “You have lived and died blessedly.” You’ll then be given a bed of Jannah. Charitable actions do not just protect one after death; they secure a paved way to Paradise. Giving Sadaqah for the purpose of worship and gaining Allah’s approval is amongst the best of qualities. The Prophet PBUH said, “There are forty actions that anyone who truly believes what Allah has promised them can carry out to gain reward and enter Paradise. The highest of those forty is giving.” (Bukhari)

The charity giver must preserve his faithfulness to Allah by constantly renewing his intention. “O you who believe! Do not render your charity in vain by reminders of your generosity… like he who spends his wealth only to be seen by men…” [2:264] Remember by giving you’re not superior; Pride is the deadliest of the diseases which plague the heart. To avoid this, give your donation in secret, it protects your heart and is one of the seven qualities which will gain “Allahs’ shade when there will be no shade but His.” (Bukhari)

If the above are benefits of giving then the consequence of not giving would mean the opposite! What more motives can we ask for to secure our Akhira?

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  • Abed said:

    “Too often we perceive that we’re in control of our finances. We’re afraid to give too much so not to be financially burdened. Not enough live confidently that Allah will bless, protect, and replenish our wealth if we contribute for His sake.”

    SubhanAllaah.

    http://quran.com/2/268/

    “Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.”

    This RamaDaan revive the spirit of giving. Permanently!

  • Fatima said:

    “There are forty actions that anyone who truly believes what Allah has promised them can carry out to gain reward and enter Paradise. The highest of those forty is giving.”

    “The Prophet PBUH said, “separate between yourself and the fire of Hell, even if only giving to charity a part of a date.” And specifically to sisters “O women, spend money for charity, for I saw you were the people most populating Hell.” May Allah keep the mothers of our children away from that dreadful destination!”

    Can you please source these two ahadith? Thank you

  • admin said:

    The exact text is as follows:

    (1)Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr:

    That Allah’s Apostle said, “There are forty virtuous deeds and the best of them is the Maniha of a she-goat, and anyone who does one of these virtuous deeds hoping for Allah’s reward with firm confidence that he will get it, then Allah will make him enter Paradise.. ” Bukhaari Book # 47, Hadith # 800

    -Maniha is a form of sadaqah.

    (2) Narrated ‘adi bin Hatim heard the Prophet saying: “Save yourself from Hell-fire even by giving half a date-fruit in charity.” ( Bukhaari Book #24, Hadith #498)

    (3)Muslim narrated in his Saheeh… from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “O women, give in charity and seek forgiveness a great deal, for I have seen that you form the majority of the people of Hell.” A wise woman among them said, “Why is it, O Messenger of Allaah, that we are the majority of the people of Hell?” He said, “Because you curse too much, and you are ungrateful to your spouses. I have seen none lacking in common sense and failing in religion but (at the same time) robbing the wisdom of the wise, besides you.” The woman asked: “O Messenger of Allaah, what is wrong with our common sense and our religion?” He said: “Your lack of common sense (can be well judged from the fact) that the evidence of two women is equal to that of one man, that is a proof of the lack of common sense, and you spend some nights (and days) in which you do not offer prayer and in the month of Ramadan (during the days) you do not observe fast, that is a failing in religion.” Muslim Book # 1, Hadith # 142

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