I came across another very beautiful hadith. The more we give for the sake of pleasing Allah, the more He gives back. Think of it a CREDIT CARD REWARDS PROGRAM. (The credit card is interest free, of course! :)) It is a credit card where you get 150% back on every purchase made for the sake of Allah. Every donation given for a masjid. Every needy person fed, every orphan schooled, every homeless person sheltered. For every penny you spend, Allah gives you back that much, plus howmuch ever more He wills.
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Those who spend in causes seeking the pleasure of Allah remain in His shelter. Angels send blessings on them and pray for increase in their wealth.” [Muslim]
Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon HIm) swore that spending for the pleasure of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) did not decrease wealth, rather increased it. When you feel financial hardship, give more in the path of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to increase your wealth!
I have always been fascinated by this logic in Islam. Honestly, if you think about it, it makes complete sense. Us humans, depend so much on our money and on ourselves. When the times are toughest, giving up the thing you most depend on, the thing which gives you that feeling of empowerment the most, and relying on Allah to take care of you is a tough task. We should all try to purify our intentions and ask Allah to take care of us and our loved ones once we’ve given for his sake.
The thing we must keep in mind is that at the end of the day, it is really Allah who provides the means of livelihood for us. We are the instrument he uses to provide the food, clothing, shelter, etc for our families. The fact of that matter is that even with us out of the picture, if Allah wills, our family will be fed and provided for.
Those who spend their wealth in the Cause of Allah, and do not follow up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury, their reward is with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. [Qur’an 2:262]
The only thing Allah asks of us in this world is to submit ourselves to Him and to essentially accept the helping hand He is offering us. Given the fact that the money is given to us by Allah, Himself, giving back to Him should be common sense. The fact that there are so many hadith that affirm that giving actually doesn’t decrease one’s wealth should be a motivation for us to give and give!
Who believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them; [Qur’an 2:3]
One thing that is interesting to me is how many times it says “spend OUT OF WHAT WE HAVE PROVIDED THEM…” in the Qur’an. This is Allah’s reminding us that He is the one that provides us that money. Before our boss can sign our check every 2 weeks, Allah has to give his stamp of approval, for lack of better term.So instead of being so worried about pleasing the little boss, we should really focus on satisfying Ar-Razzaq (The Sustainer)…
Once we accept this fact of life, it will be easier for us to lean on Allah and believe that the more we give credit to Him, the more He will provide for us. The more we rely on ourselves, and think that we are the ones who make the world go around, the tougher our task Allah will make.
May Allah forgive me for any mistakes I have made unknowingly during this post. Everything good I said is strictly from Allah, by Allah’s will… And everything bad I have said is from my own ignorance. May He guide us and our loved ones to the straight path.