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Sixthly: Optional charity

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Sixthly: Optional charity

 

The fourth pillar is Zakat (charity) for those who have due amount of money to give it. Whoever not have enough money to give charity he should give optional charity. Charity oh brothers, is the door of nearness and the secret of every grant, Allah said:

"Oh son of Adam, spend your money in charity and I will spend money for you."[1]

So if a servant comes with lots of worship but he is stingy or penny-pinching in spending money for charity, tell him that he won't have his share in the generosity of The Benevolent and The Creator, Allah says:

59-9: "Indeed, those who overcome their natural stinginess are the successful ones."

My master Ahmed Ibn-Ataa'-Allah Assakandary used to say:

"Do a charity daily even if you give out half a date and you will be one of charitable people. Pray every night at least two prostrations in the middle of night and you will be among those who stay up late at night worshipping Allah."

These are lists opened daily. One should do enduring charity for Allah's sake, as Allah says:

2-273: "Charity shall go to the poor who are suffering in the cause of GOD, and cannot emigrate. The unaware may think that they are rich, due to their dignity. But you can recognize them by certain signs; they never beg from the people persistently."

That who not trains himself to charity, he shouldn’t ask for the generosity of The Creator, as Allah said:

"Oh son of Adam, spend your money in charity and I will spend money for you."

So my master Abdel-Wahab Asha'rany said:

"The ugliest thing in ugliness is a stingy Sufi."

Because generosity is the description of Allah and His name is The Generous, the stingy is not among His descriptions or His names. He is generous and He likes every generous because Allah loves from His creatures whoever following the descriptions or the manners of his prophet (May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) who said:

"Generosity is a tree among the trees of paradise; its branches are hanging in this life, whoever keeps to one of its branches. It will lead him to paradise. Stinginess is a tree among the trees of Hell, its branches are hanging in this life, whoever keeps to one of its branches, it will lead him to Hell."[2]

Whoever wants to be among the people of high mansions in paradise, what should he do oh messenger of Allah? He said:

"There are mansions in paradise, their outside is seen from inside and their inside is seen from outside, Allah prepared them for those who give food to the poor, those who prevail peace among people and those who pray at night while people are sleeping."[3]

These are the doors of granting oh brothers, it is enough what the prophet said:

"Charity extinguishes sins as water extinguishes fire."[4]

Who among us is without sins? The fastest thing to erase the sin is charity. Asking for forgiveness without mindful heart may increase sins, but charity is what extinguishes this fire and these sins. Whoever wants Allah to love him, he should be one of those who give charity and generous.

 
[1] It was narrated after Abi-Horayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) in Saheeh Muslim, the messenger of Allah (May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: (Allah said: ……..)
[2] It was narrated in Jame'a Al-Ahadeeth Wal-Maraseel after Abu-Horayrah (May Allah be pleased with him).
[3] It was narrated in Saheeh Ibn-Hebban after Abi-Malek Al-Ash'arey.
[4] It was narrated in Majma' Azzawa'ed after Mo'az Ibn-Jabal.
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