About Author: Anam Sagheer has studied Classical Islamic learning from Zainab Academy, Lahore, Pakistan. She is a pharmacist.
Today I read article of my Teacher Sir Usman Zafar Paracha (Do something for poor people in less than 10 minutes of your life) and it inspired me to write something on sharing with poor/needy people.
Sharing is a practice of doing good deeds for exchange of nothing other than receiving Allah’s mercy.
Our religion Islam emphasizes a lot on Sharing likewise we can see history. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho-alaihi-wasallum), and Friends of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho-alaihi-wasallum) and many great Muslims have set remarkable examples of sharing.
Sharing of money, smile, good thoughts, food, clothes can nullify all negativity in society plus they can become a source of great reward not only in this world but also in the hereafter (Akhirah) and it could be easiest way to become one of the favorite people of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala).
Sharing Money; it is also called Sadqah, charity, kheraat, zakaat for Muslims.
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “Charity is due upon every Muslim.”
It is obligatory for Muslims to share some money with the poor people in the society as our Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) ordered and as our beloved Prophet Muhammad’s (Sallallaho-alaihi-wasallum) sayings are so many that we come to know that money is not something to be saved or locked or stored. It’s something to spend in Allah’s way, to share with people for noble deeds in order to get Allah’s mercy. Every Muslim and Non-Muslim knows that Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho-alaihi-wasallum) was the man who shared the most.
Here I am writing an incidence which is an amazing example of sharing of money in the history of Islam which inspires me a lot.
One day a man came to Caliph Haroon Rasheed, and he asked for 700 dinaars. Caliph wrote something on paper and asked him to go to his accountant and show him the slip and collect money.
Man went to the accountant, he showed him the paper written by Caliph, and he read and gave him pouch having 1400 dinnars. Man looked on dinnars with eyes wide open, he was in shock as he asked for 700 dinnars and he got 1400 dinnars, he was confused likewise accountant was in confusion too that if man wants 700 dinnars why Caliph wrote 1400 dinnars on slip. Both went back to Caliph and asked about this confusion. Our great Caliph Haroon Rasheed replied: ‘I’ve read Hadees e Qudsi that our Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho-alaihi-wasallum) said that if you give someone beyond his imagination; Allah’s Mercy will come upon you” so I gave him double amount which he want in order to gain Allah’s mercy.
SubhanAllah! We have to learn from them. They were able to give up anything to Get Allah’s mercy.
Nowadays look around you, everyone’s busy in gaining whether by right (halal) means or wrong (haraam) means. In order to get money, they can do anything.
What has been done to you people? Is this what you are? Is this what you are destined for?
If one has not enough money to share, remember our Allah SWT gives rewards for sharing of every good deed.
At least, one can share smile to those who are needy, as our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho-alaihi-wasallum) has told us that to meet other Muslim with a bright smile is also a form of charity. So share smiles as it is Sunnah (way of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho-alaihi-wasallum)).
“The young should greet the old, the passerby should greet one who is sitting, and the small group should greet the larger group.” (Al-Bukhaari, 5736).
One can share food too, I’ve personally experienced this many times, at sudden, friends come over and we have not much to share but we do for the sake of Allah SWT and as taught by our Beloved Prophet Muhammad’s (Sallallaho-alaihi-wasallum) and we end with so much Blessings – Alhamdulillah .
One can share good piece of advice too as our Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho-alaihi-wasallum) has told us, it is also one of the form of charities to share good advice – SubhanAllah
Our Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho-alaihi-wasallum) has ordered us to share gifts as they increase love and blessings in relation but nowadays we have forgotten to share gifts except for some of the days and moments such as birthdays, valentines, anniversaries etc. Remember sharing of love or gifts or happiness could not be and should not be bound to one day, it’s for the whole life, and it should be every day. One must share happiness with other making everyone happy; making your loved one’s feel special to gain Allah’s blessings.
One can share clothes or used things too. Any of which is extra, one can share with needy people.
Lastly if one could not share anything one must stop sharing bad deeds and thoughts and unjust habits and negativity; one must prohibit evil sins in society, as we have not to become the part of it.
Allah SWT says in the Noble Quran, ‘You are the best of nations sent to man. You command good and forbid evil and you believe in Allah’. (Sura Aal-e-Imraan).
Allah SWT states that one reason for this Ummah being titled as the best of Ummah is the practice of commanding good and preventing evil.
Hadhrat Nuúmaan bin Basheer (Allah be pleased with him) says that Rasulullah (Pbuh) gave an example of people sailing on a boat having an upper deck and a lower deck. The people from the lower deck require water and request water from the people of the upper deck. The people from the upper deck refuse water so the people from the lower deck decide to make a hole on the floor of the ship and get water from the sea. Rasulullah (Pbuh) said, ‘If the people from the upper deck don’t stop the people at the bottom from making a hole, the ship will sink and all the people travelling will drown. (Mishkãt vol. 2 p. 436)
Similarly, if people do not prohibit evil and sin in the society, the entire society – innocent and evil – will equally suffer.
Stop sharing bad thoughts. One must Fear Allah SWT.
Be person of Iman (Faith), be the one to share good to gain Allah’s mercy.
For Islam is religion of Goodness, Love, Sharing, Believing, and Brotherhood.
Pray for me…