Isn’t it heart-melting how your Lord gives you the opportunity to spend the wealth He (swt) gave you to bring great benefit to yourself? Giving charity is something truly heart-softening in Islam— but do you know how you can actually become more productive by giving sadaqah?
Giving charity is one of the five pillars and a part of your Islamic identity. But does the charity you give define you or is it just a click of a mouse and ‘job done’? Let’s get the spirit of giving back and find out how your charity can truly transform your life as well as others!
Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa gave us a beautiful promise which is this week’s central ayah:
Verily those who give sadaqah, men and women, and lend Allah a goodly loan, it shall be increased manifold, and theirs shall be an honourable good reward (Paradise. [Quran 57:18].
Let’s study some big motivators in this week’s Jumuah Special and find out about the amazing virtues of sadaqah and how your charity can make you more productive.
Close your eyes for a moment. Imagine you’re in your grave. You’ve just heard your family walking away, crying. It’s dark, and you’re all alone. All your good deeds have come to an end.
Yesterday you said: “I’m going to be really good to my parents tomorrow to please Allah.” But the angel of death came to get your soul while you were sleeping and now it’s all too late. All the big plans, all the projects, all the good deeds you thought you’d do one day are all impossible now.
Then you realize that there’s something still benefiting your scared soul; it’s a good deed you once did, a deed that continues to work while you’re under the ground all the other people are walking on.
Imagine the importance of this deed. It’s priceless. It’s soul-saving. The Prophet salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam told us: When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jaaariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased). [Sahih Muslim]
Do you dream of having the honour of aiding Allah’s religion and spreading His words across the world but haven’t yet been given the opportunity? Would you like a chance to receive the reward of a scholar, of a caller to Allah’s religion? Have you always wanted to spread knowledge but feel you’re not knowledgeable enough?
I always think, whatever you read, each day, is an ayah of Allah, it is a sign of your Lord that He’s trying to tell you something, a test. How will you respond, and what will you do? Will you make a move, or delay? Will you take it seriously or wave it away?
To be part of spreading knowledge which is beneficial is classed as running, or ceaseless, charity (sadaqah), something that keeps going even after your own death. This is an amazing rahmah (mercy) of Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa. What am I talking about? I’m talking about ultimately the best knowledge you can ever spread: The message of the Quran.
First of all, if someone were to tell you: “Give me 10 or 50 or 100 or 1000 dollars and in a few years I will give you in return a mansion with beautiful gardens in a toplocation anywhere on the globe.” I don’t have to tell you— you’d give the money, right?
Let’s go back to the central ayah: . . . and theirs shall be an honourable good reward (Paradise). For whom? For those who use the blessings that Allah The Most Merciful Himself placed in their lives to aid His cause. We know our Lord’s promise is true!
For them Allah has got ready Gardens under which rivers flow, to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success. The deal is simple: you believe in Him, strive with your life and wealth (which He gave you in the first place), and enjoy everlasting pleasure.
Sadaqah brings barakah to our wealth but it could benefit our time and personal matters. And sadaqah can save your soul from punishment in the Hereafter. There are amazing benefits in this life and the next. The best investment ever is when you give sincerely and not to be seen by others.
So we go online, pick a charity, one click on the mouse and job done. But have you ever thought how giving charity can actually change you as a person.
How? The answer is: visualize. Connect to the recipients of your charity. Who are they?
Be inspired by an amazing hadith that instructs us on how to be the best of the best. The Prophet said: The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it (to others). [Saheeh Al-Bukharee]
Can you imagine yourself teaching the Quran to others? Imagine a brother or sister with a burning desire to understand the words of Allah, but who’s never found the opportunity, and then Allah uses you as a tool to help them?
Allah (swt) is giving you a chance now to help us spread and teach His Word and Message to everyone on this planet.
How You and Your Friends Can Become The Best Of The Best
Be the best of the best and support us, Understand Quran Academy, in our mission. Remember your grave. Remember the sweating on the Day of Resurrection.
Extra tip: inspire others to give sadaqah and direct them to this link.
Remind yourself and your friends: O you who believe! Give away some of what we have provided for you before a Day arrives on which there is no trading, no close friendship and no intercession. Share this ayah with others and motivate them to the spirit of giving!
May Allah ar-Razzaaq give us the honour of aiding His Religion and making us part of those who spread and teach His Book. May Allah make the Quran the joy of our hearts!
I’m praying you will benefit,
Khawlah bint Yahya ~ United Kingdom