Today’s ayah is an amazing reminder for giving charity. With just a couple of days left of Ramadan, increase your charity, give more and the reward shall be doubled, tripled and might even go from seventy to seven hundred times, in sha Allah. Don’t miss out on this opportunity 🙂
The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.
(Al Baqarah 2:261)
Subhan Allah! How beautiful is the reward system of Allah swt. When you spend in his way, sincerely for His sake, your reward is with Him and it is multiplied in such a beautiful way. For one unit of charity, you get 700 units of reward. And Allah swt’s reward will not be of the same scale as you spend, it shall be even more awesome than you think! What better investment can there be for your wealth.
Spending of your wealth is one of the prime resources we can spend in charity for Allah swt’s sake. But spending for His cause, is not just restricted to wealth. Sadaqah is not just money, it is much more than that. It encompasses anything and everything that Allah swt has blessed you with. It includes resources like your intellect, your intelligence, your education, your skills all that you can use in Allah swt’s way in one way or other, as to the benefit of His swt’s creatures. Also Sadaqah includes a kind word, a warm smile to a stranger, a playful gesture with an orphan, upholding a moral character of kindness and humbleness when dealing with others, Muslims as well as non Muslims.
All these small acts should become a part of your character, as was with our Beloved Prophet (pbuh). He (pbuh) was a walking Quran, which reflected in his (pbuh) dealings with others. We should all strive to be just like him (pbuh) not just in praying extra units of Sunnah prayers, but also living our life as he (pbuh) lived his – in humility, kindness and generosity.
When you help others, be it through your wealth or through your intellect, however ways you can and do, you should remember that you are only making Allah swt’s help easy for yourself. In a popular hadeeth Allah swt says,
“Whoever relieves a Muslim of a burden from the burdens of the world, Allah will relieve him of a burden from the burdens on the Day of Judgment. And whoever helps ease a difficulty in the world, Allah will grant him ease from a difficulty in the world and in the Hereafter. And whoever covers (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will cover (his faults) for him in the world and the Hereafter. And Allah is engaged in helping the worshiper as long as the worshiper is engaged in helping his brother.” (Trmidhi 1930)
As for the other rewards, it is explained beautifully in this ayah. The wealth that one spends in Allah swt’s way is like he plants a grain of corn, each of it grows seven ears and each ear has a hundred grains! Allah swt increases the measures of those He likes and is pleased with. He swt knows exactly how much you want and need. The same can be applied to your intellect, the more you utilize your skills in helping others, the more Allah swt will bless you in those skills. As simple as that 🙂
There is an another aspect that we should remember while giving out Sadaqah. We should never remind others of our charity to them. Never. One because it is highly disliked by Allah swt that you should be impressing on them, your highhandedness of having ever helped them. Second, by doing so you are demeaning their modesty and honor. Remember when you help them, do it only for Allah swt’s sake. As such you cannot and should not expect anything in return from them, for this help. For your reward lies with Allah swt and not with them.
In the very next ayah, Allah reminds us of the importance of keeping up with their honor and not disgracing their modesty. Allah swt says,
Kind words and forgiving (of faults) are better than Sadaqah (charity) followed by injury. Allah is rich (free of all wants) and He is the Most Forebearing.
Therefore, beware that you don’t lose on the rewards of Allah. Allah doesn’t need your charity, He swt doesn’t need anything from you. It is us, you and me, that are in need of whatever goodness He swt can bless us with.
May Allah swt keep us among the people who give charity with their right hand while their left hands don’t know how much has been given out. May He swt make us generous, and keep us humble and kind. May Allah swt accept our deeds from us, make us sincere in our intentions, and reward us in the Hereafter with much more than we could ever imagine. Ameen.