Giving charity is one of the most cherished deeds in Islaam. It is an important pillar for social cohesion and an easy means of attaining favours of the Lord. Charity is also means of increasing your earnings. Brother Abdullah, gets a salary of S.Riyal 4000 per month (about #160,000) and many debts, says: "I thought I was going to live like this forever ... I was always afraid that I will pass away before repaying my debts which were constantly increasing; debts were always making my life harder. One day I went out with friend whom I usually share my problems with.
On that day one of them gave me the advice of specifying a part of my salary for charity. "But I hardly feed myself, I answered. Later that night I told this to my wife and she said "Try, may Allah help us out". So I decided to give SR 300 (about #12,000) every month as charity. Since then my life became much better, my debts are just disappearing, I find money pouring on me where ever I turn. Believe me and take my advice, give charity then wait and see the result. Abu Sara, Mechanical Engineer with a salary of SR 9000 (about #360,000) used to spend all of his salary even though it is quite a good amount and he owns a house. He says: "I dont know where all the money was going! Each month I said to myself that I will save some money for the future but it just flies away.
At last one of my friends advised me to give some share of my salary for charity; I decided to fix an amount of SR 500 (about #20,000) for that. Believe me the first month I ended up with SR 2000 (about #80,000) in my account even though my bills and necessities remains the same. I was so happy and decided to raise the amount to SR 900 a month and after five months I got an increment in my salary. Thanks to Allah.
Since I started giving charity, everything became better for me and my family. Try it out, its true. The Messenger of Allaah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "No doubt, it is better for a person to take a rope and proceed in the morning to the mountains and cut the wood and then sell it, and eat from this income and give alms from it than to ask others for something." (Bukhari)
Haritha bin Wahb narrated: I heard Allaah's Messenger (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) saying, "Give in charity because there will come a time on the people when a person will go out with his alms from place to place but will not find anybody to accept it." (Bukhari) The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: A man giving a dirham as sadaqah (charity) during his life is better than giving one hundred dirhams as sadaqah (charity) at the moment of his death." (Abu Dawud)
The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "Seven people will be shaded by Allah under His shade on the day when there Will be no shade except His. (One of them is) ... a person who practices charity so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e. nobody knows how much he has given in charity). (Bukhari)
Narrated Ibn Abi Aufa (RA): Whenever a man brought his alms to the Prophet, the Prophet would say. "O Allah! Bestow Your Blessing upon the family of so-and-so. "When my father came to him (with his alms), he said, "O Allaah! Bestow Your Blessings upon the family of Abi Aufa." Bukhari Narrated Ishaq bin Abdullah bin Al-Talha: I heard Anas bin Malik saying, "Abu Talha had more property of date palm trees gardens than any other amongst the Ansar in Madeenah and the most beloved of them to him was Bairuha garden, and it was in front of the Mosque of the Prophet. Allaah's Messenger used to go there and used to drink its nice water."
Anas (RA) added, "When these verses were revealed:--By no means shall you Attain righteousness unless You spend (in charity) of that Which you love. (Q3.92) Abu Talha said to Allaahs Messenger: O Allahs Messenger! the Blessed, the Superior says: By no means shall you attain righteousness, unless you spend (in charity) of that which you love. And no doubt, Bairuhagarden is the most beloved of all my property to me.
So I want to give it in charity in Allahs Cause. I expect its reward from Allah. O Allah's Messenger! Spend it where Allaah makes you think it feasible. On that Allahs Messenger (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: Bravo! It is useful property. I have heard what you have said (O Abu Talha), and I think it would be proper if you gave it to your Kith and kin.Abu Talha said, I will do so, O Allahs Apostle.
Then Abu Talha distributed that garden amongst his relatives and his cousins." Narrated Abu Huraira: A man came to the Prophet and asked, "O Allaah's Messenger! Which charity is the most superior in reward?" He replied, "The charity which you practice while you are healthy, niggardly and afraid of poverty and wish to become wealthy. Do not delay it to the time of approaching death and then say, Give so much to such and such and so much to such and such.And it has already belonged to such and such (as it is too late)." (Bukhari)
Adi bin Hatim heard the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) saying: "Save yourself from Hell-fire even by giving half a date-fruit in charity." (Bukhari) Narrated Abu Huraira narrated that the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, The best alms is that which is given when one is rich, and a giving hand is better than a taking one .... " (Bukhari)
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited