Holy Ramadhan, 1428 AH: Generosity
All praise belongs to the Almighty [swt], the Master of the Universe.
The Month of Ramadhan is a time for self-purification, including seeking forgiveness and giving alms to the needy. The hearts of the mo’mineen are focused on the Almighty [swt] as the doors of paradise are opened and the devil is locked up.
Although Muslims are duty bound to give charity at all times, this good deed it is particularly emphasized during the Holy Month. The Religion of Islam, in its very early days, was also in need for the wealth of this dunya. The need was fulfilled by non other than Bibi Khadijah [a], the noble wife of Rasulullah [s], and the mother of Sayyida Fatima Zahra [a]. Indeed Muslims today must appreciate the contribution of this great lady who went from the status of Malikatul-Arab to feeding on grass when the Muslims were boycotted by the Kuffar of Makkah and sought refuge in the Valley of Abu Talib [a]. This was her great sacrifice to support the mission of Prophet Muhammad [s]. Today, Islam owes its survival to the wealth of Khadijah [a] and the Sword of ‘Ali [a].
Many times, one intends to give charity, but stinginess takes over a person and prevents him from giving alms. In this regard, Amir al-Mo’mineen [a] has said:
“Stinginess is the cause of destruction, and cowardliness is the cause of deficiency. Be generous but do not be spendthrift. Give in charity in a reasonable amount, but do not be too stingy. Do not be shy to give a little amount of charity, since by depriving the poor from even a little amount will end up in even less for them. I am amazed at stingy people who rush into poverty from which they have escaped, and love self-sufficiency while they are seeking it, and live like the poor in this world while they are just as accountable as the rich in the Hereafter. Stinginess is the combination of all wickedness, and is what draws man to all that is evil.” (Mishkat al-Anwar fi Ghurar il-Akhbar Hadith No. 1377)
Imam Sadiq [a] said:
“Any believer who is generous and good-tempered is always protected and guided by God until he enters Heaven”. Mishkat al-Anwar fi Ghurar il-Akhbar Hadith No. 1360
Therefore, in this holy month, we must look for ways that we can express our generosity to the deserving peoples. Muslims all over the world, particularly in Iraq, are in need of support – let us follow the footsteps of Bibi Khadijah [a] and spend in the way of the Almighty [swt]. Muslim Youths need to be trained to give charity from our wealth in order that we attain the status of the generous ones.
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