Ramadan 1440 AH/2019: Those Who Give Will Never Lack, By Murtadha Gusau
…continue giving and never stop. When you feel like you are doing more than others, think of the health, wisdom, family and Islam that Allah has given you. Think of eternal paradise that He will reward you with. Allah gave this universe existence without anything in return. And He will continue to give because He is Allah; one of His names being Most-Generous.
Tuesday, Ramadan 2nd, 1440 AH (May 7th, 2019)
In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
Praises and adorations are due solemnly to Allah. May His peace and blessing be upon the one after whom there is no other Prophet, Muhammad Bin Abdullah, his household and the generality of his companions.
Respected servants of Allah! I call on you to always give to others, for it will be returned to you even more. Wallahi, by giving, you never deplete your wealth; in fact, you actually increase it. And you also receive rewards in the hereafter. However, by not giving, you don’t receive the rewards from the Almighty Allah, and thus your wealth actually decreases.
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that: The Messenger of Allah, (Peace be upon him) said:
“There is not a day upon which the servant awakens but that two Angels from Allah the Almighty descend. One of them says: O Allah, give repayment to one who spends in charity! The other says: O Allah, give destruction to one who withholds charity!” [Sahihs Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Allah the Most High loves to give and will not allow you to be more generous than Him. Verily, Allah is most generous and all knowing. Nothing escapes his sight. Nothing happens without it being recorded in a book. Nothing happens but that Allah rewards us for our good deeds.
Allah says in the glorious Qur’an:
“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.” [Surah Al-Baqarah 2: 261]
Allah the Almighty further mentions:
“Lend unto Allah a goodly loan. Whatever good you shall forward on your behalf you shall find it with Allah, as better and richer in reward.” [Surah Al-Muzzammil 73: 20]
So continue giving and never stop. When you feel like you are doing more than others, think of the health, wisdom, family and Islam that Allah has given you. Think of eternal paradise that He will reward you with. Allah gave this universe existence without anything in return. And He will continue to give because He is Allah; one of His names being Most-Generous. So when you see someone in need for help, know that the Almighty Allah may be testing your generosity. And your sustenance depends on charity.
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) says:
“Attract sustenance by giving charity.”
Among the many benefits of charity, it removes evil, calamity and tribulations that is in your way. It has many benefits that we don’t think of. So give and it shall be given to you.
Charity can be given in many different ways. Lets reflect on the following saying of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him):
“Every Muslim has to give in charity.” The people then asked: “(But what) if someone has nothing to give, what should he do?” The Prophet replied: “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked: “If he cannot find even that?” He replied: “He should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked: “If he cannot do (even) that?” The Prophet said finally: “Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds, and that will be regarded as charitable deeds.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]
So give, and it shall be given back to you many fold, In Shaa Allah!
Dear brothers and sisters! During Ramadan, orphans, widows, less privilege and needy people without any source of income struggle to buy the food they need.
When we fast, we are in fact remembering those who are malnourished or even have nothing at all to eat on a daily basis.
As you are carrying out your Ramadan, keep in mind the many Muslims around the world who are less fortunate than you are. Our Ramadan fasting experience will, In Shaa Allah, be eased by the good Suhur and Iftar we eat daily, and once Ramadan is over, we will no longer be going hungry every day. However, many Muslims are unable to afford the nutritious food they need to sustain them after a hard day of fasting.
Whether they are refugees who have lost their homes and livelihoods, widows who are struggling to provide for their children, or families devastated by war and conflict, they will be going hungry well beyond iftar time.
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:
“Whoever feeds a person breaking his fast will earn the same reward as him, without anything being lessened from the reward of the fasting person.” [Tirmidhi]
In this blessed month of seeking mercy and forgiveness, providing Iftar is the ideal way to maximise your efforts and get the most out of these 30 days.
In this Ramadan, try to lose the weight of your sins by providing Iftar to the needy. Help the poor to ensure that they stay nourished and healthy during this blessed month.
The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said:
“(O people!) Save yourselves from the (Hell) Fire even if it is with half a date (given in charity), and if you cannot find that, then (save yourselves by saying) a good word.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
Some of us can’t afford to host big Iftar dinners or donate Iftar to the Mosque, or feed a poor family for the month. That doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the rewards of providing Iftar. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) encouraged his Companions (RA) to give as much as they could, even if it was only a drink of water.
You can double the reward of your fast for as little as N1000 per day – so don’t miss out! The most important thing is that you are sincere in seeking reward and forgiveness.
The perfect knowledge belongs to Allah the Almighty. Our last prayer is all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessing be upon our beloved Prophet, his Family, his Companions and his Brothers till the Day of Resurrection.
We ask Allah the Most High to strengthen us in Ramadan, accept our fasts, and reward us with His forgiveness and the highest place in Paradise. Ameen.
Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, from Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via: email@example.com or +2348038289761.