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The Great Rewards for Charity, Gifting and Giving Loans

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Monday, 18 November 2019 16:21

Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned the following:

The great virtues for charity, gifting and assisting people through loans should be explained to people by narrating the incidents of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) to them.

When we view the lives of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), we find that they would earn money and thereafter spend in charity. Hence, it was not only the wealthy Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who would spend in charity. Rather, even the poor Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) earned money and spent whatever they could manage in charity as they understood the great virtues of charity.

When there are great virtues promised for giving charity, then we should understand that the virtue and reward for giving a gift is even greater. Likewise, there are many virtues that can be acquired through assisting a person with a loan. For example, if the debtor is unable to settle the debt when the due date arrives, then through the creditor giving him respite, he will receive the reward of sadaqah for each day that passes. (Malfoozaat Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Ilyaas (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 50)

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Salaah and Sustenance

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Monday, 18 November 2019 09:11

If a father has to press the light switch and tell the child, “Look, magic! The light has come on.” The child will be amazed because he does not understand that there is a link between the switch and the light bulb; he is unaware of the hidden wiring in between, whereas the father is fully aware. When it comes to the spiritual part of life, we are all children, whilst Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has seen the realities and is informing us of the links behind the scenes. Allah Ta‘ala says in the Quraan Majeed, “Command your family to perform salaah and adhere to it yourself. We do not ask provisions from you. We provide sustenance to you. And the ultimate end is for taqwa (Allah fearing and piety).” (Surah Taaha, v132)

As far as sustenance is concerned, Allah Ta‘ala is the One who provides for us. We are not asked to provide for ourselves. Yet, due to one’s work or some other appointment, the salaah is made qadhaa (read after its time) or left out altogether. This is despite the fact that Allah Ta‘ala informs us that sustenance will come via salaah and not the other way around. If we perform our salaah on time and correctly, Allah Ta‘ala will grant us sustenance with barakah (blessings) and ‘aafiyah (ease). He will grant such lawful and wholesome sustenance that will be productive. It will bring joy, happiness, and serenity, and our needs will be fulfilled with respect.

   

Not Delaying in Righteous Works

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Monday, 11 November 2019 17:05

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) has written:

The Quraan Majeed reminds man, time and again, that every person’s time of death has been fixed, and it can neither be delayed nor brought ahead by even one moment. Man keeps thinking to himself, “I want to give such-and-such thing in sadaqah, and I want to make such-and-such item waqf, and I would like to write a bequest for so-and-so.” However, all he does is continue to have these thoughts without carrying them out, until suddenly, fate strikes and he passes away, either while walking, sitting or sleeping. Hence, one should not procrastinate and delay carrying out such righteous deeds and works by prolonged planning and thinking. Rather, one should hasten and spend in the path of Allah Ta‘ala as soon as he can, thus securing his rewards by Allah Ta‘ala. (Extracted from Fazaail-e-Sadaqaat [urdu] pg. 46)

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No Price too Great to Pay​

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Monday, 11 November 2019 15:40

On one occasion Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was proceeding in a certain direction when his blessed gaze fell on a building which was tall in height. Seeing the tall building, he asked the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum), “What is this (building and who has built it)?” The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) replied, “This belongs to so-and-so from the Ansaar.” On hearing this, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) remained silent and did not say anything.

Thereafter, this Ansaari Sahaabi came to meet Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) while Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was seated among some of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). However, when he approached Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and greeted him, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) turned away from him. Hence, the Sahaabi approached Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) a few more times, yet Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) continued to turn away from him and ignore his greeting.

Finally, this Sahaabi realized that he was the cause of Rasulullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) displeasure and turning away. He thus complained of this to some of his companions saying, “By Allah! I find Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to be treating me differently to before (i.e. he is not showing me the warmth and affection which I normally receive from him).” His companions then explained, “Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was proceeding in a certain direction when he saw your tall building (and it is your tall building which has caused his displeasure).” The instant this Sahaabi heard this, he returned to his building and razed it to the ground.

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The Mindset of a Believer in regard to Sustenance

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Monday, 04 November 2019 15:43

Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

If Allah Ta‘ala blesses a person with halaal livelihood without difficulty, then this is indeed a great favour and bounty of Allah Ta‘ala. However, at times, a person who acquires livelihood without difficulty falls into self-admiration, pride, attributing good towards himself, boasting, being negligent of what Allah Ta‘ala wants from him, looking down at the poor and taking undue advantage of the weak.

The remedy and solution for such a person is for him to reflect and ponder over the favour he is receiving from Allah Ta‘ala without difficulty. He should think within himself, “This blessing is solely the grace of Allah Ta‘ala upon me. If it were not for His divine favour upon me, then most surely, I would not have been in this position, as I am not deserving of this favour and there is no goodness within me that makes me worthy of this bounty.”

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