In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful…
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Sadaqa (charity) has been one of my favorite topics in Islam for a long time. The power of sadaqa is absolutely amazing according to various hadith and ayat.
This is a new one to me in comparison the Prophet (PBUH) makes is absolutely amazing:
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said:
“I command you to give charity. Its example is like that of a man who has been held by his enemies, his hands have been tied to his neck, and he has been drawn near with the intention of being beheaded; suddenly he enquires of the possibility of saving his life by giving money. Then he began giving whatever valuable things – of little or more value – that he had, till he was able to get himself freed.”
Allah wants us to submit and rely upon him for EVERYTHING. He knows how dear our money is to us and how reliant on it we are. When we give the thing we are dependent upon the most for the sake of attaining Allah’s pleasure, it tells Him that we truly depend on Him for our sustenance, and not ourselves.
May Allah guide us and our loved ones to the straight path.