The Best in Islam #10 – Charity (Part 4 of 4)
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Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
we Allah's peace and blessings beyond each and every one of you. I'd like to welcome your dear viewers, to our series, the best in Islam, where we're looking at what Revelation has clarified for us with regards to what's best in our life as Muslims, from the perspective of God, what is really the best?
And we are currently looking at what's best in charity, who are best to be charitable to? Where should that charity come from? What is the best place? What is the best source all of these, the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him based on revelation from Allah, Most Great and Glorious, has been enlightening us in this field. And
the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him
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Allah work at the Calphalon in Canada, the best charity is to give while you are healthy, and covetous, hoping for wealth
and fearing poverty, do not delay until the soul reaches the throat. And then you say this is for so and so. And that is for so and so. For it is already for so and so.
The Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him had given us another scenario
for the best charity.
Because charity, when you're sick, people give charity hoping that Allah will reward them with good health,
heal their sickness, or they feel they're gonna die. Okay? Give. The best time to give is not when you're in that state. The best time to give is when you feel perfectly fine, you're healthy, you're at your best. Now you give, give when
you have wealth that you desire. You don't want to fall into poverty, you have a fear, even of poverty, this is the time that's best to give. When you're sure that you're not going to fall into poverty, obviously giving them is good. But it's not like giving when you fear poverty. And the fear of poverty is something which hits even people with great wealth, we're not talking about a borderline case, a person who may be on the verge of losing his wealth. Now, what tends to happen is that when people have wealth, they develop a stinginess, not wanting to share that wealth. They fear that those around them may try to take their wealth, so their character changes.
Normally in society, if somebody smiles at you, you smile back. That's why the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him and said that smiling at your brother is sadaqa it is charity to smile, because it brings out good feelings and they normally will smile back. However, when you are a person who has developed wealth, you're now wealthy, and you have to strive and struggle to get to that wealth. Then you look at people around you, when you have that wealth in a different light. They start to look at the people around you as wanting to get at your wealth. That's why they want to know you. That's why they want to
be with you. They want to access your wealth. So when somebody smiles at you, instead of thinking that, okay, you know, that's very nice, you smile back sadhaka
you think? What does that person want?
They want to get to my wealth, you think the worst. And that's what tends to happen to people when they get wealth. So that's why the Prophet SAW Solomon said, the best charities to give while you're healthy and covetous, covetous, meaning, you don't want to let go of your wealth. You want to hold on to it as tightly as possible. This is the best time to give charity to break that love, of wealth to break that addiction,
to your wealth. And it should be at a time when you fear poverty, because that is the consequence of your covetousness. You have that wealth. And you fear you look around, and you fear others wanting to take from you and put you in a situation of poverty. And poverty is relative, where you may feel poverty means for you that you've lost the wealth you have, you know, the great wealth that you have, but doesn't necessarily mean that you're poor, that you will become poor. As was the case, a few years back, when the meltdown of the banks in the US finally reached Europe, banks were being closed, people were losing millions overnight. There was one
individual, a German businessman, who they said was the 47 richest person on the face of the earth. His family had amassed a huge fortune. It was some
And in the course of one week, during that period, with the meltdown,
the great banking crisis, in one week, he lost $10 billion 10 billion in one week.
What did he do? There is a man who has companies he has all this wealth, he loses 10 billion, as I say, easy come easy go. Of course, it wasn't easy come. His family had struggled and striven for many years to get to where they had gotten. But in one week's time, he lost $10 billion.
What did he do? He went home. And this is a man who is in his late 70s. He went home,
went to his desk, sat behind his desk, open the drawer, took out a revolver, and blew his brains out
he lost 10 billion.
I will say yeah, that's huge as a massive loss, but he still had 9 billion. He was so caught up in the loss. This is the fear this is that fear of poverty, that strikes the heart of those who are very rich, and makes them
also, you know, very stingy, very greedy. It struck him.
It took his life. He couldn't see the 9 billion that he still had, he could only see the 10 billion that he lost. So this is what the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, was addressing that giving charity when one has that
desire to hold on to one's wealth, fearing poverty, looking at everything around you from the perspective of it, causing you financial loss. This is the time this is the big challenge, to give it that time to break that addiction to wealth. And the Prophet SAW Salem warned that one should not delay.
When you have the means to give or you are driven. You have the feeling the desire to give, then you shouldn't wait don't delay it. Because you don't know the future. Give
when you have the idea, the concept etc. If you delay it and what's what tends to happen that people delay it until death is upon them. They know there's no coming
you're giving, when you didn't think you're gonna die is far different from the earth giving, when you know you're gonna die. That's the bottom line. So the Prophet SAW Selim is telling us give, while you're not thinking, you're gonna die, that's much greater. That's real. That's charity, that's real charity, give, when you're not thinking that you're going to die, you feel your healthy lot of life ahead of you. You give them
that has real value. We're going to take a brief break here now, and continue to look at Charity, when one is wealthy, and healthy.
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welcome back from the break, we were looking at Charity, when we are
with surplus, fearing poverty, and
its implications when you have
a new fear, losing it, to give it that time requires a spiritual struggle. You have to overcome your desire, your greed, your desire to keep for yourself. That is the big challenge. And that is where the greater reward lies. So the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, had said the best charities to give while you're healthy and covetous, hoping for wealth and fearing poverty. Then he went on to say, and don't delay until the soul reaches the throat. Don't delay until you're sure you're gonna die. You can feel it. Death is upon you. This is a time that you give why? Because it's already gone. You're giving us that time. Is not
rewardable It's done. Your opportunity is over. When the soul we
reaches the throat. And that's why the Prophet Solomon said, that's the time when repentance is no longer acceptable
is that repentance will continue as long as
the world continues, but once the sun rises from the West, that's one of the signs. It's all over. Repentance at that point, the stand of the world sign for the end of the world. Repentance is no longer acceptable, you know, the world's ending.
when death is upon you,
soul is reached the throat, there's no way to escape, for you to repent at that point, is not acceptable. Like Pharaoh, chasing Moses alayhi, salam, the water is separated, and he's going across the land in between. Pharaoh is not thinking, look at this water, standing here standing there. No, this is a miracle, This man must be a man of God. Without a doubt, it's in so many other signs before anyway, oh, he's only thinking of getting
Moses catch him and punish him, kill him in his people. Course when the water now is released, and he sees the water coming from both sides, he knows it's all over.
He calls out I believe in the God of Moses. But that declaration of faith at that point is of no value.
It doesn't change anything too late. Similarly, charity, at the time, when a person knows the depth is upon him or her charity at that point is of no value, it is of no value.
So, the Prophet SAW Selim had said to say at that point, this is for so and so and that is for so and so,
it is already for so on. So,
they will get it they will take from your wealth, you can take it with you. So sadaqa
are voluntary charity
is best given when we are not fearing death. When we feel confident, we are healthy, everything is okay. This is the time to give sadaqa and the Prophet SAW Salem,
as he had explained,
charity is best given when there is difficulty involved. So this is when the difficulty lies. When you feel confident about life, you're successful. To give at that time is a trial. It's a challenge. There is challenge in it. And that is why
he said it was the best charity. So we looked at the best charity, from revelation from the Sunnah of the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him
as being serving the cause of defense of Islam. It is also the best charity when we give from our surplus wealth. And it's also the best charity when we give to those who are resentful to our relatives.
But charity should begin at home. And of course, among the great challenges for charities to give when one is in a state of destitution one is destitute when you have little to have nothing.
One occasion, a woman came to Ayesha wife of the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him.
She had two children.
She was starving. And
I shall could only find three dates.
She gave the three dates to this woman and her two children. The woman gives
to the two children
who are crying and they eat the dates. After she's made sure they finished eating the date. She's about to eat the third date. So she gets one they got two. And they look at her with this date in her hand about to put in their mouth and they start to cry. They want more. And what does she do? She takes that one date that she has and
divides it into two
and gives it to her children.
Oh, no, this really amazed. I Aisha, when she related to the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him. He praised this woman, he praised her for what she had done, because he or she was, this is the sadaqa, she's in a state of destitution, she's hungry, like they are. And even after giving them she gives, what she has. And there are a number of examples from the life of the prophet, God's peace and blessings be upon him, where his companions had done similar acts, which were highlighted to show the value and the greatness of giving, while one is in a state of destitution. And when one is greedy,
to give at that time, is the biggest challenge, because greed,
that desire to want to keep for oneself, this is one of the main causes for
poverty in society, that the haves are not sharing with the have nots, the Islamic principle, obligatory charity is there, to do what it is there to
circulate wealth, so everyone is obliged to who has this surplus is obliged to give, so that their wealth is not accumulated. And then that wealth which was produced by the society as a whole, the value and the benefit is denied to the members of the society. So when people
want to hold on to that wealth, not share it, this is when charity is best for those people to give at that time, is the biggest challenge for them.
And that's why the reward is the greatest and the Prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, had said in our final Hadith,
on the chapter,
or the segment on charity of the Lusaka tea circle, man, the best charity is water given for drinking to the public water,
which is scarce in places where water is scarce. To provide public access to water by digging wells, providing, you know, water container, or something to produce water, in one way or another. This is one of the best forms of charity because you're benefiting the society as a whole. It's not a particular individual, but you're sharing that water which Allah has given you control of or access to, you're sharing it with the society as a whole. And this is why you'll find in many parts of the world, you will find houses having taps outside, where people can pass by and get a drink. They're easily accessible, because of this recommendation of the Prophet, God's peace and blessings be upon
him to share water with people that this is amongst the best charity. So the digging of wealth is a very popular way of being charitable. Many charitable organizations engage much of the time in the digging of wealth for various societies. So with that, their viewers we will be concluding now our session on charity, the best of charity, and we hope that you will continue to follow our program into the next segment, where we'll be looking at other elements of charity in society, and we bid you farewell. Closing out Salaam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh