Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Etiquette of Giving | Quranic Wisdom

In the Name of Allah,
the Universally Merciful,
the Singularly Compassionate

The parable of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah is the likeness of a grain that sprouts seven ears - in every ear one hundred grains. Surely Allah (grants) increase to whom He wills, and Allah is Vast, Knowing.

Those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah and then do not follow up what they have spent in charity with reminders of it (in vain boasting) or by hurting (the feelings of the poor) will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will be upon them nor will they grieve.

A kind word with forgiveness is better than charity followed by injury. Allah is Self-Sufficient, Clement.

O you who have arrived at secure belief, do not invalidate your charity by reminders (of it) or by hurting (the feeling of the poor), like the one who spends his wealth (only) to be seen by the people and does not believe in Allah and the Final Day. His parable is a smooth stone upon which is dust, and it is hit by a (heavy) downpour that leaves it hard and barren. Such (ones) gain nothing from what they earn (through acts of charity). And Allah does not guide those who cover up (the Truth).

And those who spend their wealth out of desire to please Allah, and for the strengthening of their own souls, their parable is a garden on high ground which is hit by a (heavy) downpour so that it yields double its fruits. And if it is not hit by a (heavy) downpour then a light rain (is sufficient). And Allah sees what you do.

Would one of you like to have a garden of palm trees and grapevines beneath which river flows, in which there are all kinds of fruits for him, but he is stricken with old age and feeble offspring and it is hit by a burning whirlwind and consumed by fire? Such way, Allah makes clear to you Signs in order that you might contemplate.

O you who securely believe! Spend (on others) from the good which you have earned, and out of that which We bring forth from the earth for you. Do not seek (what is) defective and spend from that (in charity) when you would not take it for your own selves except if your eyes were closed. And know that Allah is Self-Sufficient, Praiseworthy.

Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to indecency and Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and graciousness, and Allah is Vast and Knowing

He gives the Wisdom to whom He wants, and whoever is given the Wisdom is given an abundance of goodness. And yet no one remembers save those who realize.

And whatever alms you give, and whatever vows you make - Allah knows. And the oppressors (in truth) have no helpers.

If you make public your free-will gifts (sadaqat), it is a joy (for you). But if you give to the poor in secret, it is better for you. And Allah will cover over some of your misdeeds, and Allah is well aware of what you do.

You are not responsible for their guidance. Rather, Allah guides whom He chooses. Whatever good you spend (on others) is for your own good, when you spend nothing except out of seeking the Countenance of Allah. Whatever good you spend will be repaid to you, and you will not be wronged.

(Alms and free-will gifts) are for the poor who are totally concentrated in the Way of Allah and (so) are unable to go about the earth (seeking their livelihood) - the ignorant suppose them to be rich because they abstain (from asking). You will know them by their mark. They do not harass people from begging. And whatever good you do, so surely Allah knows of it.

Those who spend their wealth by night and by day, secretly and openly - for them their reward is with their Lord. No fear shall be upon them, they shall not grieve.

- From the Chapter of Heifer, al-Baqarah (2:262-274), The Holy Qur'an

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