By Zahra Anjum
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Imagine this scenario. One day, a distant uncle came to visit and handed over some money to you and your sister as a gift. Your sister spent all of it instantly to buy everything that she had wanted for so long. Whereas, you invested it in a business and got it back tenfold after a few months. Who will you consider more intelligent and farsighted? Yourself of course!
Similarly, Allah (swt) has offered us a deal. If we spend for His sake today, He will return it back to us in this world in the form of Barakah (blessings) and in the hereafter as rewards. Can there be a more profitable transaction than this?
Allah (swt) says in the Quran: “O you who have believed, shall I guide you to a transaction that will save you from a painful punishment? [It is that] you believe in Allah and His Messenger and strive in the cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives. That is best for you, if you should know.” (Surah Saff 61: 10-11)
Below are six reasons that tell us why we must not hesitate to spend in the way of Allah.
1. Barakah in Rizq/Increase in wealth
Allah (swt) has promised us that He will multiply the reward and wealth of a person who spends sincerely in His cause. He says in the Quran: “The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing. (Surah Baqarah 2: 261)
He also informed us: “Every day, servants (of Allah) get up in the morning and are visited by two angels. One of them says: O Allah! Give more to the one who spends (for the sake of Allah); the other says: O Allah! Bring destruction to the one who withholds.” (Muslim)
Another hadith narrates: “When anyone gives Sadaqah (voluntary charity) of a date out of his honest earning, Allah accepts it with His Right Hand; then He fosters it as one of you fosters a colt or a young she-camel till it becomes like a mountain or even greater.” (Muslim)
2. Reward in the Hereafter
Whatever we spend in charity will add to our scale of deeds on the Day of Judgement. On a day when everyone will be full of fear and grief, the charitable will be far from it, with the mercy of Allah.
Allah (swt) says in the Quran: “Those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah and then do not follow up what they have spent with reminders [of it] or [other] injury will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (Surah Baqarah 2: 262)
3. Elimination of sins
As weak human beings, we err and sin, and we are in dire need of forgiveness from our Lord. Charity is one of the things which purifies us and emancipates us from sins. Allah (swt) says in the Quran: “Take, [O, Muhammad], from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them increase, and invoke [Allah’s blessings] upon them.” (Surah Tawbah 9: 103)
Prophet Muhammad (sa) is reported to have said: “Sadaqah (charity) extinguishes sins just as water extinguishes fire.” (Tirmidhi; reliable but odd)
4. A saviour from Hellfire and the Wrath of Allah
It is narrated that the Prophet (sa) once mentioned the fire and asked for Allah’s protection from it. He then said: “Protect yourselves from Hellfire, even if it is with one half of a date. And he who cannot afford that should do so by (saying) a good, pleasant word.” (Bukhari)
He also said: “Charity given in secret extinguishes the wrath of the Lord.” (Tabarani; authenticated by Albani)
5. A source of joy
Apart from other rewards, believers are rewarded immediately through the inner joy, happiness, and satisfaction in knowing that someone was relieved from distress or someone received the message of Islam. Moreover, our hearts are purified from miserliness and greed, and are filled with the spirit to invest in more good.
6. A better society
Instead of complaining about the conditions of our surroundings and society, we can play an active part in the construction of our Ummah by spending for the causes that benefit it. Whether it is helping the needy or spending in causes that help spread the religion of Allah, all are efforts to help build a better society for the generations to come.
Zahra Anjum is a freelance writer, editor and translator based in Islamabad, Pakistan.
© IIPH 2016