In life, people are tested at odd times, and on different levels of intensity. In terms of fulfilling the lofty acts of charity, the many and varied tests could be:
- at different times of the year, especially on the wealthy, who opt to give out their charity all at once;
- trials for the genuinely needy, when majority of the charity is held back for distribution in Ramadaan Mubaraka;
- for the proud ones who act for name, fame and glory; then
- for those who don’t possess the liquid cash when their time for giving charity is due.
Notwithstanding all of the above, it is fundamentally important, in fact close to obligatory, for the wealthy to help the poor and needy. It is indeed a vital make-up of a Mu’min to constantly assess the situation of the poor around him. Thereafter, he needs to take appropriate action to care for their pious, noble and permissible need of the hour. This, Insha Allah, will be a sure sign of “true brotherhood”.
Islam has placed immense emphasis on those who possess wealth to not only think of themselves but share with others who are stressed out by dire need. The needy should also include the frail, the weak and the ill.
As a matter fact it is Mu’min’s conviction that his sound and ongoing sustenance is largely due to the duas (supplications) of the weak, the poor, the under-privileged and the downtrodden.
Many amongst us do dream of mountains of rewards, soaring sawaab, bags of blessings and days of comfort and ease. This dream is not a “pie in the sky” and is most definitely achievable!
The solid key to all of this Assist those in need.
Abu Huraira (RA) reports from Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam):“That person who eases/overcomes/helps the person in difficulty in this world, Allah will also ease/help him in this world, and in the Hereafter.” (Abu Dawud)
Anyone who constantly maintains a watchful eye on the desperation and sufferings of the needy and the destitute is indeed engaged in a highly meritorious act. Our Allah is not oblivious of this act and persistently draws him/her closer and closer to Himself.
Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam is reported to have stated: “The person striving to serve the weak and poor is like the person striving in the path of Allah; and, (also) like that person fasting during the day and (remains engaged) in prayers at night.” (Tirmizi)
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