The Greatness of Charity
Charity is a wonderful piece of work. Every Muslim must donate for the welfare of the people to gain the pleasure of Allah SWT. Regarding Charity, Allah SWT says, “O you who have believed, spend from that which we have provided for you before there comes a Day in which there is no exchange and no friendship and no intercession. And the disbelievers – they are the wrongdoers.” (Surat al-Baqarah [verse 254])
The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) had given specific instructions to the charity. Narrated `Amr bin Al-Harith: The Prophet said, “Yes, (it is sufficient for her) and she will receive a double reward (for that): One for helping relatives, and the other for giving Zakat.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 1466)
The Qur’an says, “Not upon you, [O Muhammad], is [responsibility for] their guidance, but Allah guides whom He wills. And whatever good you [believers] spend is for yourselves, and you do not spend except seeking the countenance of Allah. And whatever you spend of good – it will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged.” (Surat al-Baqarah [verse 272])
However, charity followed by injury is meaningless. In that context, the Qur’an says, “Kind speech and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury. And Allah is free of need and Forbearing.” (Surat al-Baqarah [verse 263])
Charities should not be advertised. In this regard, the Qur’an says, “O you, who have believed, do not invalidate your charities with reminders or injury as does one who spends his wealth [only] to be seen by the people and does not believe in Allah and the Last Day. His example is like that of a [large] smooth stone upon which is dust and is hit by a downpour that leaves it bare. They are unable [to keep] anything of what they have earned. And Allah does not guide the disbelieving people.” (Surat al-Baqarah [verse 264])
The Qur’an also says, “If you disclose your charitable expenditures, they are good; but if you conceal them and give them to the poor, it is better for you, and He will remove from you some of your misdeeds [thereby]. And Allah, with what you do, is [fully] acquainted.” (Surat al-Baqarah [verse 271])
If you donate, Allah SWT will reward you in the Hereafter. The Qur’an says, “Those who spend their wealth [in Allah’s way] by night and by day, secretly and publicly – they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will be there concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (Surat al-Baqarah [verse 274])
The secret donor will find shade under the throne of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. It was reported from Abu that the Prophet (SAW) said: “There are seven whom Allah will shade with His shade on the day when there will be no shade except His: the just ruler; a young man who grows up worshiping his Lord; a man whose heart is attached to the mosque; two men who love one another for the sake of Allah and meet and part on that basis; a man who is called by a woman of rank and beauty and says ‘I fear Allah’; a man who gives in charity and conceals it to such an extent that his left-hand does not know what his right hand gives; and a man who remembers Allah when he is alone, and his eyes fill up.” (al-Bukhaari, no. 620; Muslim, no. 1712).
Charity saves from the fires of hell. Narrated `Adi bin Hatim heard the Prophet (SAW) saying: “Save yourself from Hell-fire even by giving half a date-fruit in charity.” ‘(Sahih al-Bukhari 1417)
Donations not only help the people involved, but also the society and the world.