Previous: سورة البقرة (The Cow): Verse 172-176
This verse is a complete and comprehensive introduction, for those who want to understand the soul of this deen. It is the best reply to those who claim that Islam is about rituals alone and that it suffices them. It is enough to condemn those who try to convince themselves with the statement that “Allah knows what’s inside our hearts” or that “being a nice person is enough”. It is for all of us, to be very clear of what is expected of us.
Not a single deed stated, is easy. They are tough and need a lot of hard work, again and again. But you know what? It isn’t that tough if we humble ourselves for Allaah and educate ourselves about the consequences that come with them, in this world and the hereafter. These are the deeds that make us sane, tame the fights within ourselves and help us operate empathetically – in order to seek His pleasure…
وَآتَى الْمَالَ عَلَى حُبِّهِ
…and gives wealth, in spite of love for it…]
We all know that we give away our belongings to the needy – usually to our maids or we send them to the welfare organizations. But have you noticed! What wealth is being talked about, here? One that you have love for.
Usually, when it comes to giving for the sake of Allah, we sideline our ragged clothes, the impaired shoes, the toys our kids have grown out of, the dress that doesn’t fit us anymore, the bag we don’t have time to repair, the food that we don’t like…In short, it’s all those things that we don’t love…
Sharing something that you know is a product of your efforts is a hard thing. Especially, in the times when you need it as well. And when it is in a state that appeals you. That’s when the love for your posession, multiplies.
Understand the needs of others and spend from what you love, accordingly.
Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) commanded us one day to give sadaqah. At that time I had some property. I said: Today I shall surpass AbuBakr if I surpass him any day. I, therefore, brought half my property. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) asked: What did you leave for your family? I replied: The same amount. AbuBakr brought all that he had with him. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) asked him: What did you leave for your family? He replied: I left Allah and His Apostle for them. I said: I shall never compete you in anything. [Abu Dawud]
This spending includes “our relatives”, besides all the needy (orphans, travelers or those who seek help etc.). Spending on relatives can be really tough sometimes. Sometimes because of the harm and difficulties that reach us, due to their actions and sometimes because it’s too hard to see others excelling at the same pace. And there could be million more reasons.
If you ever feel hesitant towards spending on your relatives, due to their arrogance, ill speech or whatever reason – Just remember! Abu Bakr kept aiding mistah bin uthatha (his relative) financially due to the commandments of Allaah, despite the fact that he spoke ill of Hazrat Aaisha’s chastity. His daughter Subhan Allaah. What else can be worse than slandering an innocent woman or spreading rumors, that too about the wife of a prophet. So never give in to Shaitan …
For those who want to read this in detail, read -> [Bukhari]