The Blessed Journey of Your Generosity
There are many windows of opportunities in this life, especially placed by Allah (SWT), to purify our souls and gain forgiveness for our sins. These opportunities are open to every single believing individual, young and old, poor and wealthy, ill and healthy, educated and illiterate, it matters not. Some take advantage of these windows, seeking them with every turn and twist in the life of this donya (worldly life), both in happiness and in calamity. For these people called al-Mossaddiqeen, Allah has created a special manzilah, or level, in the heavens for those who give sadaqa consistently. It is the quality for which they are most recognized and is what will witness for them on the Day when nothing can attest for them but their deeds.
It is this group of people who are the best at finding the best bargains and offers, constantly searching and consumed with the Best Deal. The deal granted by He Who created us and assigned for us provisions. Allah (SWT) says, “Who will loan Allah a lofty loan which Allah will double unto his credit and multiply many times?” (2:245). The Mossaddiqeen grasped this deal because they recognized it is like no other that can be granted in this worldly life. My brothers and sisters, Allah has granted us provisions, and He asks that we give from what He has granted us so that He may give us more; how generous is Our Creator (SWT).
So even in times when it is difficult to give sadaqa the Mossaddiqeen remember that it does not decrease their wealth. The Prophet (S) was reported to have stated, “Charity does not decrease wealth, and the servant who forgives, Allah makes him more respected; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the eyes of the people.”(Muslim)
For this reason, the Mosque Foundation community’s perception of sadaqa has gained it great regard and esteem by other communities. Your sincere commitment to the House of Allah has placed great baraka (blessings) in your wealth and possessions and protects your families and will continue to bi’thinillah. To spend in the cause of Allah by way of propagating His religion is a charity with high merit and great reward. The one who spends in the cause of Allah will continue to be rewarded even after his death. He or she is providing a place to pray, a place for one to learn about their religion, and seek counsel. What is spent on the House of Allah will be rewarded with a house in heaven, as Prophet Muhammad (S) was reported to have stated, “Whoever builds a Masjid for Allah, Allah will build for him a similar house in Paradise.” (Bukhari)
To ensure that our sadaqat are being accepted we must consider several requirements. First of all, sadaqa must be given from money that is earned in a lawful way. Allah SWT says, “Oh you who believe, spend from what you (lawfully) earned,” (2: 267).
Second, when giving sadaqa, the believer must purify his intention and make his purpose just for the sake of gaining Allah’s pleasure and reward. The Prophet (S) said, “All deeds are based on intention and everyone will be rewarded according to what he intended.” (Bukhari)
Third, the believer should make haste in giving sadaqa and should not delay it without a valid reason. It is also much better for the Muslim to give sadaqa during his life when in need of money, than to wait until death comes to him. Prophet Muhammad (S) was once asked about the best of all charities to which he replied, “The best charity is what you give during your life while you are in need of it.’”
Fourth, it is more befitting for a Muslim to give sadaqa from his best possessions; that which he loves most. Allah (SWT) says, “By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you give (freely as a charity) from that which you love; and whatever you spend Allah knows it well,” (3: 92). However, this does not mean that one should lessen the value of his sadaqa if he only has little to give. Prophet Muhammad (S) once said to his companions, “One Dirham could be better in reward than one hundred thousand Dhirhams.” A man asked, “And how is that oh Messenger of Allah?” He (S) replied, “A wealthy man takes one hundred thousand Dirhams which is one part of his wealth and gives it as a charity, while a poor man who only has two Dirhams pays one of them as a charity.”
So the Mosque Foundation continues to be blessed with a very generous community at our Annual Fundraising Dinner. You have and, we are confident, will continue to answer this call with sincerity and generosity, and we will, by Allah’s Will, continue in our joint efforts to answer Allah’s call upon us. May Allah swt accept your sadaqat for this instituation that serves thousands of men, women and children of our community. Ameen.
By Sh. Jamal Said