The Importance of Charity In Our Pursuit To Be Better Muslims
We are either helpers of Allah or helpers of Shaytan. One or the other. Which one will we choose? In our state of addiction and sinfulness we must look back and ask us how did we spend our time? How did we spend our wealth? We will realise that both our time and our wealth was lost on our sins. Allah is calling us all to help His Cause, although He is not in need of any help, it is US who need to strive for the good of our own selves
“Oh you who believe! Be helpers in the Cause of Allah…” (61:14)
In our addiction we tried to gain something – a high, a win, a buzz. Or we tried to remove something – shame, guilt, stress, problems, anger, depression. We never achieved what we sought. It is only through Allah’s Path that we will achieve a spiritual high and remove pain.
In our recovery from sinfulness we must find ways to give in charity. Not just with our wealth, but get involved in projects and fund raising activities. We will busy ourselves with goodness and will make new friends who are also striving to please Allah swt.
“And spent (in charity) of that which We have provided you before death comes to one of you, and he says: “My Lord! If only You would give me respite for a little while (return me to the world), then I will give charity and be among the righteous.” (63:10)
“Your wealth and your children are only a trial, whereas Allah! With Him is a great reward. So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can; listen and obey, and spend in charity; that is better for yourselves. And whosoever is saved from his own greed, then they are successful.” (64:15-16)
Getting involved in community projects and world aid fundraising will really help us on our way to Allah and keep us on The Straight Path to recovery. It will divert our hearts from craving this world and obeying our desires. As Allah says in the Verse above, through charity we save ourselves from our own greed. We will give ourselves something to be passionate about and gain empathy for those who are in need of help and suffering. We must remember that when we spent on our desires we never gained anything. We were always in loss and on top of that we earned sins to weigh down our backs. When we give in charity, Allah removes our sins and He will return our wealth with compensation!
“If you lend to Allah a goodly loan (charity), He will double it for you, and will forgive you. And Allah is Most Ready to appreciate and reward, Most Forbearing.” (64:17)
We may not be very wealthy or rich, but we must give whatever we can from what Allah has provided for us, with the trust and conviction that Allah will give us more in return, not just in this life, but in the savings bank of the Hereafter! For every penny we give, Allah will multiply it and we are building our homes in Paradise – a brick of gold here, a brick of silver there, a tree here, a fountain there! Maybe we have very little to give and so we use our limbs. Whenever someone asks for us to help them we use our bodies in charity. Every time the local mosque is asking for volunteers we pitch in. We help our neighbours, we open doors, we do favours for others and we send food. We do what we can for Allah because we spent too long being the helpers of Shaytan and now its time to be in service to Allah, in full submission, seeking His Pleasure and for no other gain. Let us be trend setters for the rest of our families, set out an example for them to follow and get them all involved in charitable acts wherever we can. Allah will then keep us together in Jannah!
“Oh you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire whose fuel is men and stones, over which are appointed angels stern and severe, who disobey not the commands they receive from Allah, but do that which they are commanded.”(66:06)