What happens when a Muslims gives
By Yusuf Azmi
How powerful is charity? What does sadaqah achieve? These are all relevant questions when considering your giving. It’s the fuel that drives us to utilize our wealth to help others. Often when considering giving sadaqah, we can forget that there are in fact two sides to giving charity in Islam.
Of course your donations will go towards helping others, alleviating pain and hardship for thousands across the world in need and making the world a better place. Providing crucial support such as food, clean water and disaster relief.
“Whoever relieves a believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from the difficulties of the Hereafter…” (Muslim)
What about the other side? What about helping yourself? By giving sadaqah, you’re not only helping others but you’re helping yourself. Your monetary wealth may decrease but your spiritual wealth will grow exponentially.
Sadaqah increases your standing with Allah (swt) and provides you with not only a platform to build on for the hereafter, but a way to alleviate some of your pains and sins in this life. That’s because sadaqah is one of the greatest deeds a Muslim can carry out.
“Verily, the good deeds remove the evil deeds.” (11:114)
Reaching towards sadaqah holds great value, even the smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference.
“Guard yourself from the Hellfire, even with half of a date in Sadaqah. If he cannot find it, then with a kind word.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Sadaqah even has the power to alleviate us from times of difficulty and misfortune.
“Give Sadaqah without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (At-Tirimidhi)
The truth is sadaqah is a genuinely powerful thing for any Muslim to harness. The benefits of which truly outweigh any loss of material value and instead provide the means to enact real change, both in the lives of others and your own.
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