How much do I gain if I “GIVE” in Charity?

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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. [2:261]

                                                          *——-Bismillah——*

Charity is the third Pillar of Islam. Sharing our wealth is so important that Allah subhana hu ta’aala has put it in the same bracket as Tawheed, Salah and Fast and Hajj.

But, parting away from our wealth, is tough at times. And then we ask the BIG question:

*Why should I spend from my wealth?*

And alhamdullilah, Allah subhana hu ta’aala answers it for us.

Allah swt likens the person who spends even 1 penny “feesabillilah—in the way of Allah” with a pure intention, as a seed sowed by a farmer which grows into 7 stalks and each stalk at the top has 100 clusters of grains.[2:261]

That means if today you spend  1 Re/$/dirham in the way of Allah swt.. Allah will reward a person with 700 Re/$/dirham worth of good deeds and this is when we spend ONLY  1 re/$/dirham..

According to a hadith by Ibn Majah- the mafum is as follows.. the Prophet s.a.w said, if a person sponsors his money for the deen of Allah but doesn’t actively participate, then his reward is 700 times for each dirham spent and if a person sponsors his money for the deen of Allah swt and also actively participates in the way of Allah swt then his reward is 700,000 times for each dirham spent.

Sadaqa is that tunnel through which, we put our wealth from one side and it reaches jannah and awaits us there.

One must spend, to attain Allah swt’s pleasure. Imagine a tunnel with two open ends. We put Sadaqa from one side and it goes away from our sight but it is still there waiting for us on the day of Akhirah to lead us to jannah inshallah.

The reward for spending is IMMENSE.

What we are we waiting for 🙂 let’s get going..!!

But wait!!

Before we embark on this journey, let’s prepare ourselves as the road is tough and obstacles such as Takkabur (arrogance) are too many on the way.

Before, we undertake this journey of spending in the way of Allah subhana hu ta’aala  on the creations of Allah subhana hu ta’aala  we must cleanse our heart and fill it will the love of Allah subhana hu ta’aala  . We must tell ourselves that we are doing this only for the sake of our Khaliq and we want His pleasure as that’s all we seek.

We don’t want any worldly benefit .No worldly acclaim or recognition or any financial reward. The Only reward we seek is Our Rabb’s pleasure and mercy.

And as carefully as protect our beloved jewelry so that it doesn’t get spoilt, must we so protect our Sadaqa as it might be harmed and finally destroyed if we follow it with reminders , or hurtful comments.[2:665]

 

May every penny you spend in the way of Allah become a sadaqa e jaria for YOU and YOUR Family in the dunya and akhirah .

Ameen

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Purpose of Our Life !!

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Bismillah hir rahman nir rahim

Assalam alai kum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu

Let me ask you a question,”What is The Purpose of your life? “

🙂 Till some time back, I thought that the purpose of my life at this stage was the clichéd “to be a good mother and wife ”:)

And  yet I felt dissatisfied, as if there was something that I needed to do but was not doing. This restlessness propelled me to seek some answers.

And then Our Rabb told me “O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious – See V.2:2).

“Worship your Lord…”, that is it?, I thought to myself. I do worship my lord. I offer my prayers, I fast in Ramadan, I try to read Quran ,but I still “feel” this feeling.

So what is the meaning of worship which I don’t know yet . Come let’s find it together.

“Worship means, love, sincerity, obedience. Du’a and Tawakkul should all be ONLY on Allah alone.”

This is a very simple yet powerful definition given by ,a teacher of the Qur’an.

Let me elaborate it.

Why do you think your child loves you the most? The answer is because in your child’s eye, you are one who gave birth to him (created). You are the one who takes care of him(owns)and you are the one who  does things for him (plans). These three attributes make you, his mother the center of his universe now and even when he is taller and bigger than you.

Now , think of Our Rabb. HE (Al-Khaliq) created us from nothing, He (Al Malik) owns us, whatever we have is given to us by Him and He (Al-Muddabir) plans everything for us.

So , why shouldn’t we love Him with utmost sincerity?

We demand obedience from our children? We think it’s our Right and this thought is endorsed by all child psychologists.

And we demand it as we are trying to teach our children the best way to live in this world.

Now think of Our Rabb. He also teaches us in the Qur’an the best way to live in this world. So, doesn’t He have the right to complete obedience from us?

We know that everything in the heavens and the earth is Our Rabb’s.  Nothing happens without His permission and knowledge.

Oh, then why shouldn’t our du’a and tawakkul(reliance) be Only on Him?

And then , our Rabb tells us that “There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut(evil) and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower. 2:256

Our nothingness, powerlessness in front of Our Rabb is a reality. The sooner we realize this “truth that stands clear” and turn towards Him in repentance and thankfulness for all that He has given us in this life, the better it would be for us. Both for this dunya and akhirah.

As Jannah is earned “Only” through our Rabb’s pleasure, And that can only be gained by fulfilling the Purpose of Our Life—to love Him the Most and Obey Him with utmost sincerity and to ask Only Him for what we need and to Rely Only on Him for the fulfillment of our desires and needs.

The way of the sahabas wherein they asked Allah swt even when they needed a shoelace replaced always moves me.

That is my goal. To worship my Rabb so much that when I need even a pen , I ask Him for it and then get up to look for one.

So , what is yours?

🙂 Untill next time..fi amaanillah !!