Giving your wealth in charity or spending in the way of Allah is a very noble act. There are numerous verses in the Holy Qur’an which tells us about the benefits of giving charity.
“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.”
Allah has promised us that whatever we spend in charity will be multiplied and we will get a handsome reward for it. So we must spend wholeheartedly in His way and earn rewards.
Charity is not just giving money to the needy. It is mentioned in one of the Hadiths that smiling in the face of your brother is also charity.
It’s not just something related to giving your wealth, but simple noble acts are also a means of charity for you. Promoting good deeds and forbidding bad ones is also a charity. If you give directions to a man who is lost in the land is also an act of charity for you.
If you are helping a man with a bad eyesight, it’s a charity from you. It’s as simple as removing a thorn or a rock so that it might not hurt anyone.
“Your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is charity, if you are giving directions to a man lost in the land, it’s a charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is a charity for you. Your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is a charity for you.”
We must be thankful to Allah that even such small acts by us are also counted as acts of charity.
Also, the Prophet (PBUH) has said that even if you can give half a date in charity, it’s good for you.
One more Hadith about charity says,
“Giving charity to a person is charity, and (giving) to a relative is two things, charity and upholding the ties of kinship.”
Allah will surely give us more for our deeds of charity, in this world and also in the hereafter.
“Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity: for He loves not creatures ungrateful and sinner.”
-Qur’an 2: 276
We must understand that whatever we spend in charity is for our own good and also helps others.
Hence we must spend more and more from our wealth and we must also inspire others to do so.
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