Benefits of Giving in Islam
Benefits of Giving in Islam
Deciding to give can be one of the most difficult decisions we make, because the Shaytan will always try to put a barrier between you and that which will benefit you.
Giving to those in need will never decrease you:
The believer knows that anything they give in charity is never lost. From the Mercy of Allah (SWT), the transactions of a believer are always positive, even if it feels like a loss. When a believer gives from their own wealth, time, and from that which they love, God promises for it to be replenished.
The prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
“There is not a single day in which a servant wakes that two angels come down (from the Heavens). One of them says, O’ Allah! Give to the one that spends a substitute (for what he has spent). And the other one says, ‘O Allah! Give to the one that withholds (his money) destruction” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
It is only from the tricks of the Shaytaan that we feel like we may put ourselves into poverty or in debt through giving to those who need it more, but these fears are false and Allah promises you a return directly from the Angels.
Giving is a Protection:
The Hadith An-Nawawi below emphasizes that when we give to those who we perceive to be in need, it is really a service to Allah(SWT) and is rewarded by Him accordingly. With the right intentions, one act can serve as a cloak to protect and elevate you not only in this world, but in the next.
“Whosoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Judgment. Whosoever alleviates [the lot of] a needy person, Allah will alleviate [his lot] in this world and the next. Whosoever shields a Muslim, Allah will shield him in this world and the next. Allah will aid a slave [of His] so long as the slave aids his brother…”(Hadith Nawawi)
One of the most challenging parts of giving in charity, is the realization that the person who we are giving to cannot give us anything in return. This feeling can not only prevent you from giving in the first place, but it can also impact your Ego by making you believe that you are somehow higher than the person who is in need. However, through ahadith, Allah reminds us that an act of charity is truly an act of charity for our own souls.
Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in Paradise like this,” and he held his two fingers together to illustrate. (Bukhari)
“And not your wealth and not your children [that] will bring you close to Us (in) position, but whoever believes and does righteousness, then those, for them (will be) reward two-fold for what they did, and they (will be) in the high dwellings secure. ”(Quran 34:37)
“Charity extinguishes the sins like water extinguishes a fire.” (Ibn Majah)
Giving in charity is a reminder to humble yourself before Allah (SWT) and to remember that while we can have everything we need physically, we may be poor when it comes to receiving Allah’s Love, his Forgiveness, and His Mercy. When we give, we can inshAllah achieve a Closeness that will purify us and elevate us into the next life.