18 September 2014

Wealth does not diminish by giving Sadaqah (charity)

Wealth does not diminish by giving Sadaqah (charity)

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, "Wealth does not diminish by giving Sadaqah (charity). Allah augments the honour of one who forgives; and one who serves another seeking the pleasure of Allah, Allah will exalt him in ranks." [Muslim]

Commentary:  Apparently giving in Sadaqah (charity) decreases wealth, but Allah fairly compensates an alms giver by increasing his wealth. Otherwise, he is sure to receive the best recompense in the Hereafter which will make good his loss. Or, Allah blesses the rest of his wealth in such a way that the sense of loss is removed from his mind. As for a lenient and humble attitude, it is sometimes mistaken by man for his humiliation. But Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) calls such an impression as erroneous. Indeed, humility increases his honour and dignity. And as regards the Hereafter, the best reward is bound to accrue to him when he will be blessed with spiritual heights. 
Ref.: Imam Al-Nawawi's Riyad-us-Saliheen # 603.

The Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, 
"There was a merchant who used to lend to the people and whenever his debtor was in straitened circumstances he would say to his employees, 
forgive him so that Allah may forgive us. So Allah forgave him." 
[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

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