The Believer’s Shade On The Day Of Resurrection Will Be His Charity

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In Islam, those in poverty have rights. Our religion teaches us that the rich and poor are not different to each other, except for the difference in their connection with Allah, their Ibadah and their Imaan.

Giving to those in poverty helps us as we strive towards righteousness and pleasing our Lord. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards East or West. But the righteousness is to believe in Allah and the Last Day, and the Angels, and the Book, and the Prophets, and to give of your wealth out of love for Him, to your kin and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves…” (Qur’an 2:177)

Allah tells us above that righteousness is to give our wealth to those in need, those in our families and the orphans out of love for Him. So as we seek to become righteous, we should be helping the needy because we know that this will please Allah.

Instead of looking at our list of things that want for ourselves, we should remember those who have a lot less than us, and how crucial our donations are for them. By giving even a small amount, those in need will benefit a lot in comparison to your sacrifice and for even a small donation, Allah rewards us a great amount.

If we spend money in the way of our Lord by helping those in poverty, we are actually benefiting too. Of course, we are being of aid to those who are less fortunate than us, but we are in need of Allah’s forgiveness. We are need of Allah’s blessings and His guidance. Our success in this life is not something we determine ourselves, as our Lord is the One who wrote our destiny. We read in a hadith:

“Allah said, ‘O son of Adam! Spend, and I shall spend on you.” (Bukhari)

When this life comes to an end, at the time determined by our Lord, we will be in need of every help possible. We will want Allah to forgive us and grant us Jannah. We will wish we had more time. So, while we still have been blessed with time and wealth by our Creator, should we not remember to give to those in poverty? We read in a hadith:

“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Tirmidhi)

This “shade” is something we will be in great need of. So we should remember to give to those who are in a difficult financial position, as we will be helping them as well as ourselves.

We all want to be true believers. We aim to be sincere and pious. We should remember that part of being a true believer is to want for others what we want for ourselves. We aim to live a good life, so should we not hope that others live a good one too? We should remember that donating to those in poverty is part of being a true believer. We read the hadith:

“You will not believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.” (Muslim and Bukhari)