Surah Al-Baqara, Verse 219
ا وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ مَاذَا
يُنفِقُونَ قُلِ الْعَفْوَ كَذَٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ لَكُمُ الْآيَاتِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَفَكَّرُونَ
And they ask you what they ought to spend. Say: “That which is beyond your needs.” Thus Allah makes clear to you His Laws in order that you may give thought.”
When we think about worldly poverty, our hearts melt with pity at the increasing figures. The amount of muslims around the globe in need of financial assistance are indeed too many. But likewise, we do have rich muslims everywhere around the world, alhamdulillah.
Allah (swt) described what we should spend as charity: “that which is beyond your needs”. Subhanallah, imagine the amount of poverty that would be curtailed if we all abided by that! How the muslim ummah would flourish! Shouldn’t we ask ourselves before getting anything: “do I really need this”? Do I really need that extra abayah? That super expensive jewelry? That lavish wedding? Shouldn’t we spend for the sake of Allah with certainty that Allah would never waste the reward of the Good doers (Q9:120)
Let’s spend for the sake of Allah (swt) and abandon all extravangancy, for indeed the extravagant is the brother of shaitan (17:27). By Allah the muslim ummah is at a state of catastrophe. Here in Northern Nigerian, we know of many families who share one room because of been displaced from their homes, and others can’t even find one room. Let’s respond to appeals from organizations commited to helping such people please.
“And gives his wealth, in spite of love for it” (2:177)
“Who is it that would lend to Allah a goodly loan so that He may multiply it to him many times?” (2:245).
May He gift us with more from His ‘Gems’ and make of those who live with the whole Qur’an, in heart and in mind, ameen.