We are muslims and we believe in Allah, once we have a sound eeman, Allah test us. We are asked to spend or sacrifice in the way of Allah.
ومثل الذين ينفقون اموالهم ابتغاء مرضاة الله وتثبيتا من انفسهم كمثل جنة بربوة اصابها وابل فاتت اكلها ضعفين 2:265 فان لم يصبها وابل فطل والله بما تعملون بصير
Translation Yusuf Ali:002:265 And the likeness of those who spend their substance, seeking to please God and to strengthen their souls, is as a garden, high and fertile: heavy rain falls on it but makes it yield a double increase of harvest, and if it receives not Heavy rain, light moisture sufficeth it. God seeth well whatever ye do.
If we spend in the way of Allah S.W.T. to please him, He will reward us here at the dunia and also in the hereafter. We must try to give the best of the things that we love most. Sometimes when there is a donation drive we always give the things that we don't want anymore, I think to give for the sake of Allah we should give the best that we have rather than the things that we don't want anymore.
[002:267] Oh you who believe, spend (in the path of Allah) the wholesome things you have earned, and the best of the products We bring out from the land for you. Do not pick out the worst and the worthless things to give in charity, which you would yourself accept _ if you do at all _ (reluctantly and) with disdain. Know it (for sure) that Allah is Self-sufficient and Praiseworthy (in His own right)!
Charity should not be done in a seasonal fashion. For example, Ramadan is coming up. Its a season when everyone race to do charity. I feel that this practice is not right. Charity should be done regularly as Allah command us to do it this following verses and in many other verses in the Quran:
[002:043] And be steadfast in prayer; practise regular charity; and bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship).
Even if we spend just a little, there will be big reward for us as we can see in the Quran al-Hadid verse 7. Allah promise us great rewards for our charity! Can you imagine, just by giving a little, you get big rewards from Allah. Anyone who have a sane mind will want this!
[057:007] Believe in God and His apostle, and spend (in charity) out of the (substance) whereof He has made you heirs. For, those of you who believe and spend (in charity),- for them is a great Reward.
Also read the following verses:
[002:277] Those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, and establish regular prayers and regular charity, will have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
[002:271] If ye disclose (acts of) charity, even so it is well, but if ye conceal them, and make them reach those (really) in need, that is best for you: It will remove from you some of your (stains of) evil. And God is well acquainted with what ye do.
See, just by giving charity, Allah will even get rid of some of our sins.
Everything between the Heaven and Earth belongs to Him. We are just given the amanah to take care of it. Why can't we just use it for charity? Can you imagine Allah gave it to us to take care and when He ask us to use what He have given us for charity. And when people ask for charity some of us still say no?
What stop us from giving/ spending in the Way of Allah S.W.T.?
Allah asked us un al-Hadid verse 10.
[057:010] What is the matter with you? Why do you not spend for the sake of Allah? The heritage of the heavens and the earth belongs to Allah! Those of you who spent and fought for the sake of Allah prior to victory (at Makkah), are not equal to others. They are far more exalted in status than those who spent and fought after (victory). Yet, Allah has promised excellent rewards to both. Allah is well Aware of what you do!
The important lesson when we give charity is we have to give it with a sincere heart. We do it for the sake of Allah. We follow what Allah command us to do because who else knows best what is for us now in the dunia and there hereafter.
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 76, Number 547:
Whenever I read the above hadith, it always remind me about my responsibility to do charity..... Even with half a date..... to save self from hell fire...
Narrated 'Adi bin Hatim:
The Prophet said, "There will be none among you but will be talked to by Allah on the Day of Resurrection, without there being an interpreter between him and Him (Allah) . He will look and see nothing ahead of him, and then he will look (again for the second time) in front of him, and the (Hell) Fire will confront him. So, whoever among you can save himself from the Fire, should do so even with one half of a date (to give in charity)."
Also, if we can give loan for the sake of Allah S.W.T., we will be given double and many times back. This can be seen in the Quran in many places:-
[002:245] Who is he that will loan to God a beautiful loan, which God will double unto his credit and multiply many times? It is God that giveth (you) Want or plenty, and to Him shall be your return.
[057:011] Who is he that will loan to God a beautiful loan? for (God) will increase it manifold to his credit, and he will have (besides) a liberal Reward.
[057:018] For those who give in Charity, men and women, and loan to God a Beautiful Loan, it shall be increased manifold (to their credit), and they shall have (besides) a liberal reward.
[064:017] If ye loan to God, a beautiful loan, He will double it to your (credit), and He will grant you Forgiveness: for God is most Ready to appreciate (service), Most Forbearing,-
Imagine we will be given double of what we give in the way of Allah S.W.T., even loans! Its so easy. We just have to be sincere of our charity and loans in the Way of Allah S.W.T. and we will be rewarded and protected by Him.
[078:036] Compensation from your Lord, a bountiful and generous grant!
When we do charity, it must be with sincere heart. Don't later hurt other people by saying that we have help them so and so, we have done so and so and they owe us etc. If we do that, our charity will be for nothing. Its because our niat is not right. We can see from this verses:-
[002:264] Oh you who believe! Do not mar (and void) your charity by stressing your generosity, and by inflicting (emotional) abuse. Do not be like those who spend their wealth (in charity) solely to be seen _ (to gain public esteem).
[002:262] Those who spend their wealth in the path of Allah _ (provided) they do not, afterwards, inflict abuse (on the recipients of charity) by bragging and boasting about their generosity _ shall have their reward with their Lord. They shall not have any fear, nor shall they ever grieve.
Remember ar Ahong (me), remember what we should do and what we should not do!
We are never enough of money and harta. There more we have the more responsibility and amanah by Allah are given to us in our hands. We can see it in this hadith:-
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah's Apostle said, "If Adam's son had a valley full of gold, he would like to have two valleys, for nothing fills his mouth except dust. And Allah forgives him who repents to Him."This hadith above have been repeated so many during the times of the Prophet that many people thought that it was part of the Quran. Even in those days, our beloved Prophet Muhammad kept on remind us to remember akhirat as well, dont just remember dunia because the reward in the akhirat is very important. We will either end up in hell or heaven.
And it is after this hadith that Allah S.W.T. revealed to us the surah at-Takaathur verse 1-8. Let me share with u here:
102:1 سورة التكاثر بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ٛـــــــ الهاكم التكاثر
102:2 حتى زرتم المقابر
102:3 كلا سوف تعلمون
102:4 ثم كلا سوف تعلمون
102:5 كلا لو تعلمون علم اليقين
102:6 لترون الجحيم
102:7 ثم لترونها عين اليقين
102:8 ثم لتسألن يومئذ عن النعيم
Translation by Yusuf Ali:[102:001] The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things),
[102:002] Until ye visit the graves.
[102:003] But nay, ye soon shall know (the reality).
[102:004] Again, ye soon shall know!
[102:005] Nay, were ye to know with certainty of mind, (ye would beware!)
[102:006] Ye shall certainly see Hell-Fire!
[102:007] Again, ye shall see it with certainty of sight!
[102:008] Then, shall ye be questioned that Day about the joy (ye indulged in!).
I hope and I pray that myself, the brother and sisters in Islam will remember the akhirat. We are muslims and both the dunia and akhirat are important. What we do at dunia will determine our place in the akhirat, wether we go the heaven or hell.
Its the end of the month, gaji sudah masuk and its megasale time. Just dont forget zakat and charity.
This is just a reminder to myself.
Money!money!money! = Charity!charity!charity!