Charity: Allah will reward you for what you give
Charity or, in other words, giving your wealth away to the poor, is one of the deeds especially pleasing to the Lord. It is a special kind of the profession of faith and a special kind of service to Allah, the one renouncing one’s own self in Allah’s name. Men’s souls were created as misers, they love money and wealth and always strive to save it. Giving it away is a sacrifice which requires strength of devotion, going contrary to your natural desires is not an easy job and therefore Allah is extremely content when He sees someone do it with success. Allah ordains to expect no repayment to your charitable sacrifice. It is what sacrifice is all about, you must part with what you have for good and give it to someone you don’t know, to someone in need, who is not your relative or friend. This is when the sacrifice shall become consummate. Expect no payback from men and your charity, your zakat shall be accepted by the Lord with the proper credit.
For your charity, you should not expect reward from men, however, Allah has prepared a reward for you instead. First of all, He will fill your heart with the feeling of joy and satisfaction after you have made our zakat. This peace with yourself is the anchor much coveted by many and it shall be yours once you have done an act of charity. Second, your reward in Heaven shall receive a further credit each time you give away your wealth to the poor or needy. Allah says explicitly that charity is “a loan you give to Allah” and Allah being the most bountiful of all borrowers will repay it many times over. “Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned.” (2:245)
Such reward for charity is granted by Allah because He has placed it at the centre of man’s virtues towards his neighbours. “Those who spend their wealth in charity by night and by day, secretly and publicly – they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (2:274)
Allah’s Wisdom is indeed boundless. He has made charity and zakat both means of provision for His men and means of education of His men in the virtues of Islam, because for the receivers of charity it will bring physical relief from their hardships and for the givers of charity it will beget spiritual elevation of their souls closer to Heaven. This two-way correlation has been devised as the protection against Satan, for Allah has decreed that by alleviating other men’s poverty you save both them and yourself from Satan. “Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” (2:268)
It is thus very important to pray to Allah to strengthen our resolve for zakat, to bolster our resolve to withstand our natural inclination to be stingy and to give freely and bountifully to the needy for in this giving away we shall be repaid by Allah plentifully both in this life and in the hereafter.