When you give to the poor and needy from the wealth you have been blessed with, there is a promise from Allah that is beyond imagination and comparison. Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said tells us more.
Bismillah-ir Rahman-ir Raheem.
None of us could have ever wished to come to this world, as none of us even knew that this world exists, and we did not even know that we existed ourselves!
Allah (The Most High) invited us to this existence, and He is the One who invites, provides and takes responsibility for all those He has invited! As He is the Provider, He established the rules that govern this existence, and included in those rules is the principle that those who are fortunate will give to those who are less fortunate; and Allah (The Most High) made this exchange a deal that is in actuality between Him and the fortunate ones!
Generally speaking, there are two types of people:
- those whom Allah (The Most High) has given in abundance and
- those who are poor and needy.
So when Allah (The Most High) invited us to this existence, He took responsibility for all those who are in need, and at the same time, He does not take the abundance He has provided to the fortunate ones; what has been given to them is their own.
“Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan…” (Surah Al-Baqarah, 245)
Hence, when those who are fortunate give to those who are in need, Allah (The Most High) creates a deal between the fortunate ones and Him! It is as if Allah (The Most High) is saying: that which you give to others I invited to this existence, will be a debt between you and Me!
The Mercy of Allah (The Most High) manifests in His giving and not taking away from the fortunate ones, and His asking on behalf of His other invitees!
In contemplating this, we recall the narration when the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him) entered the house of Syeda Fatimah (May Allah be pleased with her), and upon entering he (may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him) saw that she was polishing the rust off of some dirhams. The Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him) inquired as to why she was meticulously polishing the dirhams, to which she replied that she was going to give the dirhams as charity. The Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him) further asked that if she was going to give the dirhams as charity, she could give them as is; Syeda Fatimah (May Allah be pleased with her) responded:
These dirhams, before going into the hands of the miskeen, will be placed into the hands of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)!
Allahumma salli alaa Syedina Muhammad wa alaa Ahli Syedina Muhammad!
Resources for seekers
- Honour The People Who Take Charity From You
- Spend On Others, Even When You’re Destitute And Dirt Poor
- Charity in the Qurʾān: Preservation of the Inherent Dignity of Receipients
- Putting Charity Before the Needs of Your Family
- How Do I Get Rid Of Haram Money?
- Can I Give to Street Beggars? What if They Might be “Professional Beggars”
- Bringing Barakah Into Your Wealth and Life
- “Charity extinguishes sin, just as water extinguishes fire”
- Can I Give in Charity When in Debt?
- Charity: A simple deed to invite Allah into your life