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The Benefits of Giving Sadaqah (Charity)

Helping people in need is one of the most beneficial things a person can do not only for the one in need…but the one who is giving.  It not only has benefits monetarily…but spiritually as well…let us look at what the Quran and Sunnah (sayings and teaching of the Prophet) have to say about this…

Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) says:

“And whatsoever of you spend of anything (in Allah’s Cause), He will replace it.” [34:39]

 

“And whatever you spend in good, it is for yourselves, when you spend not except seeking Allah’s Countenance. And whatever you spend in good, it will be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be wronged.” [2:272]

 

“And the likeness of those who spend their wealth seeking Allah’s Pleasure while they in their ownselves are sure and certain that Allah will reward them (for their spending in His Cause), is the likeness of a garden on a height; heavy rain falls on it and it doubles its yield of harvest. And if it does not receive heavy rain, light rain suffices it. And Allah is All-Seer of (knows well) what you do.” [2:265]

 

“Believe in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), and spend of that whereof He has made you trustees. And such of you as believe and spend (in Allah’s way), theirs will be a great reward.” [57:7]

 

“And whatever you spend in good, surely Allah knows it well.” [2:273]

 

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) said: The Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said: “Whoever gives charity equal to a date from good (halal) earnings – for Allaah does not accept anything but that which is good – Allaah will take it in His right hand and tend it for the one who gave it as any one of you tends his foal, until it becomes like a mountain.” [al-Bukhari, 1344; Muslim, 1014]

 

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) that the Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said: “Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) said: ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.'” [al-Bukhari, 5073; Muslim, 993] Abu Hurairah (رضي الله عنه) reported: Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said, “Everyday two angels descend and one of them says, `O Allah! Compensate (more) to the person who gives (in charity)’; while the other one says, `O Allah! Destroy the one who withholds (charity, etc).”[al-Bukhari, 1374; Muslim, 1010]

 

Abu Hurairah (رضي الله عنه) reported: Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said,
seven people will be protected and honored in Allah’s shade on the Day of Judgment, when there will be no shade except His shade and protection :
· A just ruler
· A young man raised serving and worshiping Allah
· A man whose heart is preoccupied with the mosques
· Two men who love one another for the sake of Allah; they join together for His sake, and they depart for His sake
· And a man who was seduced by a woman of power and beauty but he resisted saying “ I fear Allah “
· And a man who concealed his charity that his left hand did not know what his right hand is spending
· And a man who remembered Allah, while he was all alone, and he wept.
[al-Bukhari, 629; Muslim, 1031]

 


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  How to Give Sadaqah:

   The best way to give Sadaqa is with an open heart…without expecting anything in return…solely for the sake of         Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) …let us see what the Quran and Sunnah tells us about this…

 

Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) says:

“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.” [2:262]

 

“O you who believe! Do not render in vain your Sadaqah (charity) by reminders of your generosity or by injury, like him who spends his wealth to be seen of men, and he does not believe in Allah, nor in the Last Day. His likeness is the likeness of a smooth rock on which is a little dust; on it falls heavy rain which leaves it bare. They are not able to do anything with what they have earned. And Allah does not guide the disbelieving people.” [2:264]

If you disclose your Sadaqat (almsgiving), it is well; but if you conceal them and give them to the poor, that is better for you.” [Quran 2:271]

 

The Prophet (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said: “Allah loves the God-fearing rich man [who gives much in charity but still] remains obscure and uncelebrated.” [Muslim]

 

`Abdullah ibn `Amr ibn Al-`as (رضي الله عنه) reported: A man asked Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم), “Which act in Islam is the best?” He (صلي الله عليه وسلم) replied, “To feed (the poor and the needy) and to greet those whom you know and those you do not know.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

 

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`Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`as (رضي الله عنه) reported: the Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said, “There are forty kinds of virtue, the highest of which is to gift a (milch) she goat. He who practises any of these virtues, expecting its reward (from Allah) and believing on the verity of the promise made for it, will enter Jannah.” [Al-Bukhari]

 

Abu Kabshah `Amr bin Sa`d (رضي الله عنه) reported: Messenger of Allah (صلي الله عليه وسلم) said, “I swear by Allah for three (qualities) which I am going to tell you about. Remember them well:

(1) The wealth of a man will not diminish by Sadaqah (charity).

(2) Allah augments the honour of a man who endures an oppression patiently.

(3) He who opens a gate of begging, Allah opens a gate of poverty (or he said a word similar to it).”

He (صلي الله عليه وسلم) also said, “Remember well what I am going to tell you: The world is for four kinds of people. (1) One upon whom Allah has bestowed wealth and knowledge and so he fears his Rabb in respect to them, joins the ties of blood relationship and acknowledges the Rights of Allah on him (and fulfills them); this type will have the best position (in Jannah). (2) One upon whom Allah has conferred knowledge but no wealth, and he is sincere in his intention and says: `Had I possessed wealth, I would have acted like so-and-so.’ If that is his intention, his reward is the same as that of the other. (3) One whom Allah has given wealth but no knowledge and he squanders his wealth ignorantly, does not fear Allah in respect to it, does not discharge the obligations of kinship and does not acknowledge the Rights of Allah. Such a person will be in the worst position (in the Hereafter). (4) One upon whom Allah has bestowed neither wealth nor knowledge and he says: `Had I possessed wealth, I would have acted like so-and-so (i.e., he would squander his wealth).’ If this is his intention, both will have equal sin.” [At-Tirmidhi]

 

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