Importance of Giving Sadaqah
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Every Muslim has to give in charity.” The people then asked: “(But what) if someone has nothing to give, what should he do?” The Prophet replied: “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked: “If he cannot find even that?” He replied: “He should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked: “If he cannot do (even) that?” The Prophet said finally: “Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds, and that will be regarded as charitable deeds.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 524. Thus, this particular hadith clearly shows the importance of giving sadaqah.
The above hadith clearly highlights the significance of charity. As Muslims, it is our duty to help our fellow brothers who have less than we have. Charity does not only benefit the receiver but also does miracles in other ways. It improves the economy and development of a place, reduces starvation and helps establish unity, peace, and harmony.
The Holy Quran, 63:10
I would like to share this Quranic verse with you:
“Spend (in charity) out of the sustenance that We have bestowed on you before that time when death will come to someone, and he shall say: “O my Lord! If only you would grant me the reprieve for a little while, then I would give in charity, and be among the righteous.” – The Holy Quran, 63:10
Let’s look at it in the light of Islam, we get a double bonus, by improving our hereafter as well as the worldly life. If we ponder upon the sayings of the Prophet (PBUH), we can find many hadith on the importance of charity, thus it proves that sadaqah is an essential part of our religion. Looking around we can see our brothers and sisters suffering due to the absence of basic necessities while we spend our money on luxuries every day. Thus, my fellow Muslims, I advise you to give something to those in need and secure your hereafter!
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