Ramadan 2023 Boost – Saved by your Charity
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Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Smilla you will hamdu lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah heywire Allah Allah, he was at the age of nine, my brothers and sisters, Ramadan is a month not just of fasting, but many other acts of worship. And Allah Almighty has multiplied the reward of any act of worship that is done during the month of Ramadan. So he wants us to get used to doing as many deeds as possible so that once Ramadan is done, it becomes so simple and easy to pray because you've been engaging in so much more. It's so easy to stay away from consumption of that which is haram, because you were used to staying away from consumption of any sort. And in a similar fashion, it becomes quite easy to do so many things.
That's how it's supposed to be one of the things that we do in the month of Ramadan
is to give, we give,
what do we give?
What do we give in Ramadan?
Zakat someone says, correct, what else
sadaqa. What else?
What's the difference between Zakat and Sadaqah. I can tell you, Zakat, and Sadaqah. But primarily the term sadaqa in the Arabic language would include as a cat. But in some cultures, these differentiate between that which is compulsory, the two and a half percent, that which is perhaps a personalization, such as a Farah, or a Vidya, and that which is Akita, and something that is to be given at the time of the birth of a child, and so on. So all those would be sadaqa. And that which is totally voluntary, there is no occasion for this, I just want to give, that's just for the sake of Allah, it's not the cup, it's considered a sadaqa. So a sadaqa can either be that which is
compulsory, or not compulsory. But when it comes to zakat, it's only referring to one thing, and that is two and a half percent of genuinely two and a half percent of your savings or a certain type of wealth that you have.
Now, if you're a Muslim, you would realize that every time you earn something, that wealth is sustenance provided by Allah for you, and it was destined for you and no one else.
Whatever you're going to get right to the end, the last breath will come to you in full before you die.
Here, Alam and Olufsen lenta moto had to stack Miller is the Hadith says you need to know that no soul shall die until it receives every droplet of sustenance that is written for it. I remember years ago, I gave an example of food and drink. And I said, you know, if you have 500 Eggs written for you in your life, you won't die. If you've eaten 499 You have to wait for that one to come in. And then you're gonna go. So one of the youngsters told me I'm gonna slow down next. And I'm thinking to myself, gosh, people can understand things in a weird way. The point the point is, the grains of rice that are for you, if it's 50,553,241 and a half of green, trust me, you're not going
to die until that half of grain is eaten by you and gone in. It was yours. That's what the Hadith says it's written However,
you cannot sit back and say because my sustenance is written, I could just chill. Because in that case, it would have been written that you were silly to think that you can just chill and things are gonna come for you. The fact that you don't know how much is written for you, you need to make an effort, with the capacity and energy and brains given to you by Allah to earn, make an effort. Allah gave me the ability that gave me the capacity the brains are going to try I'm going to keep trying. And then you can say mashallah, yeah, Allah wrote for me quite a bit. Allah wrote for me that I would be intelligent. Allah wrote for me that I would have the energy Allah wrote for me that I
would bring the two together and use that energy to do something intelligent. And Allah wrote for me that as a result he would give me
through his mercy.
Now, the argument is, well,
Allah has written this for you. So
if Allah has written things,
why do we need to bother when we believe in destiny, similar to what I just said. Now?
However, when you look at Destiny itself, a good question would be the same question. Where are you going to Jana? Or Johanna, do you know?
I'm going to Jana. I refuse to go anywhere else, or fight for it. Inshallah, but ultimately, that's what I believe, right?
Allah knows. Allah has already destined it. May Allah
may Allah subhanahu wa taala not allow us to go anywhere else besides Jana.
Right? See, I mean, it's Ramadan, come on, guys, you need to have hope you need to have conviction. I'm going to join the source. Where are you guys? I'm going to Jana. Now, you might not know I refuse. I have a lord who's merciful. He's gonna forgive me. He's gonna give me he's gonna grant me. So anyway, let's get back to the question. If someone might say, Where are you going? I don't know where I'm going. That's the proper answer, right? But
Allah knows, if Allah knows, why am I wasting my time doing things? You're not wasting your time? The fact that you don't know is what is the whole game? The whole game? Is that you don't know. If you knew, then you could say, what's the point? I already know I'm going you get what I'm saying? If you knew that you're not going to make money out of a deal? Would you go into the deal? No, you wouldn't? Or if you knew you're going to make millions out of a deal? Would you miss the deal? No, you wouldn't. The same applies if you knew you're going to jahannam she's become a devil now. So for Allah, may Allah protect all of us. But the fact is, we don't know. That's what makes it
interesting. How much money are you going to have in your life? You don't know. So you have to work towards it. You have to work towards it. And inshallah hoping the Mercy of Allah and I tell you what, Allah has not connected education to wealth.
Completely, No, he hasn't.
To a degree, maybe one might argue, okay, you may have a better life, there are more chances of you getting a job and so on. So it's intelligent and wise to have a bit of an education and so on. However, sometimes a lot of the times in fact, there are those who are less educated, who are wealthier than the educated. In fact, if I do a quick deal, I come from a country called Zimbabwe, they do deals, you know, they do deals meaning because the economy is so bad. If you were to be adopted, you probably earn a 10th of a guy walking on the street selling tomatoes. Well, maybe not as bad as that but a guy doing things you know.
So if you're just a business person, or you strike the right thing, even online today, Mashallah. You want to sell something and the next best thing you have 200,000 orders, forget about the medicine I was studying man Come on, I'd rather gone to tick tock right so for Allah I don't mean it, but I mean it.
So what I mean is I don't mean it the bad way. I mean it the good way. If it's something halal and permissible, why not by all means, mashallah make dua for you, and I will not ask you for 10%.
Hope you got that one.
The reality is, Allah wants you to use your effort, your energy,
to the maximum of your ability, but don't allow haughtiness to overtake sometimes those who are less educated. In fact, a lot of the times like I just said, are wealthier, they have a lot more wealth. Why? It's Allah's way of telling you Look, it's me who gives it doesn't mean because you're highly educated. You're going to have more, I'll give you I'll give everyone I'll give the answer. I'll give all the creatures you know, I went down
The creatures I saw down there
literally in their millions,
the species millions and I'm thinking to myself Subhan Allah here Bill Alameen Subhan Allah
if Allah has provided for the weirdest looking sea creatures in the depth of the ocean that we don't even know exist
you really think he's gonna miss me and you come
when in sun is known as Ashraful mahalo card, mankind is the best or the highest of all the creatures of Allah the noblest.
And from amongst us, we have Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
The highest of all creatures
is mankind and the highest of mankind is nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
My brothers and sisters when Allah gives you, why is he giving you?
Why does Allah give you if I ask you, you want to work for me? Yes. What salary do you want? What would you say? I think I
A lot of youngsters at the beginning opening salary. What would they say? Give me Give me some suggestions. Let's see, what would you say?
45,000 a year. Not bad. Not bad at all. 45,000 a year, I'll probably give that to you, brother.
If ever I get it, okay.
So by the way, 45,000 is fine. You're asking for 45,000 You want to work? What do you want that money for? It's a question. You know what I'm saying is going to be very deep. So let's listen. You wanted money for my brother? What do you want 45,000 For Tell me.
Your future wife. I thought you want to eat food because you don't eat you're not going to have a life. If you don't have a life you won't have a wife you might have to hold in Jelena but that you can make dua for my brother, the first thing you need is food and drink my brother. You can't just look at your wife and see breathing a few format. Allah
at least you give us something to talk about my brother Zack a big blunder.
Anyway, first thing you you have your money. You need to arrange your food your drink your clothing, your accommodation, agree you need to budget it properly, and then you can start thinking right I can afford all of this that we think of a wife right? hamdulillah now you have a wife she'd come in and mashallah you can make a life may Allah bless all of us with beautiful spouses. I mean,
and when I say beautiful spouses the other day, someone said is that a dua for multiple wives? I said, No, listen,
that's a dua because we are plural. So I'm saying spouses because we are plural. I can't say May Allah bless all of us with a beautiful spouse. I mean, what's good spouses? That's what we mean. So it depends on your mind. mine the other day, there was a footballer who said something about wives. And so someone in the comments said, notice how he said why just because he was a Muslim. That's it, but he's talking about a plural number of people. So he's definitely going to use the plural, but because you're stigmatized and you're looking at a certain angle, and you're already looking at it from a preconceived you know point therefore you think I'm just clarifying myself because sometimes
people get upset know what type of do I was that shift so we make dua for our spouses. May Allah bless all of us.
So then what more do you want with your money? I would like to do a few things What is it well once I've done my necessity there's going to be leftover change. What are you going to use it for? Please can have answers now that there's leftover change you've got food clothing accommodation, mashallah you married you taking care of your wife, your children and so on. Now, what do you want money for? Tell me please say it.
Happy Habibi, my beloved uncle. We weren't asking you
we weren't asking you because your answer is right. And I knew that you would say that. I'm looking at all the young lads here. I want to know what they would spend all that money on. Because they will probably say a bike or buy a Porsche Bugatti I agree. Agree guys.
Young men come on guys. I know we're fasting and I know we're at saffron and I know it's about to mashallah the alarm is about to call but there's still a while Come on guys.
You would use your extra money for that which is not your basic necessity luxuries whatever makes you happy. Before you had a pen now it's Mont Blanc. Agree before you had a bag now before you had a wallet now it's Louie Vuitton agree. And before you had normal undies, and now it's kinda agree. Yeah, they even take the label off the sides. You see, designer bro, brother, your heart has to be designed. Your heart has to be designed. The rest of it is by the way, I promise you. But that's what people want money for. Allah says before you go there.
The rest of that cash for every 102 and a half is mine. Not yours.
Only 97.5 is yours. And I want you to use it in one of these places. Here books. That's what Allah says and who is Allah, Allah is the giver who gave you all of the money in the first place. He did not say cut it out of your necessity he did not say cut it out of that which you are going to spend within the year he did not say cut it out of something you needed. He said cut it out of the excess that which you saved for more than a year that with your whatever else there are a few conditions. That's not the topic today. But you would give the Zakat of the wealth because it belongs not to human to Allah. So are you doing anyone a favor? You're doing yourself a favor, that money was never
ever yours? And if you've kept it, unfortunately, it's stolen cash. That's what it is. And Allah will take it away from you somehow. I always tell people when you don't look at you as a cop properly, may Allah subhanaw taala help all of us.
If you're if you're going to intentionally just say, you know, it's okay. Allah will take
said money through some other means what are the other means? Something some calamity might come and your money's gone. What happened? I owe 20 grand, you know, I didn't work on my car two years, three years. And you know what the whole thing just went I just distinct burnt down, that thing happened, this thing happened. There was sickness, there was accident, there was whatever. It doesn't mean that every time there is a loss that you didn't work out correctly, but it does mean, whenever there's a loss, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is, Have I been giving my charity correctly, because the Hadith tells you not only about the cat, that if you are to give charity,
automatically, Allah will save you and protect you, Allah subhanho wa Taala will extinguish calamity that was coming in your direction, simply because you gave a charity? Why is it so important? Look, Allah is the Owner of the worlds he doesn't need you and I to feed the ends, not at all. So if he doesn't need you and I to feed the ants, do you think he needs you and I to feed another human being he doesn't. But he created it in a unique way because he wants us to engage in an act of worship to gain closeness to him. Because the whole idea is if you love Allah, you would have to love everything else that Allah has made to a degree.
If I love someone, everything connected to that person is going to be important to me. When you can't say that you really love someone crazy. And then whatever is important to them is not even important to you. That's not enough. There's a problem with that love.
So to be compassionate is a quality that Allah wants to develop within us. So whenever you see something really sad, automatically, it should be in the heart of a believer. What can I do about this? Oh Allah help them, oh, Allah guide them, oh, Allah, alleviate their suffering, suffering their struggles. When you hear about someone suffering in the corner of Afghanistan, and in your heart, you would say, oh, Allah help these people. To start with man, what would I do? How can I help now, maybe I've made the DUA, but perhaps I can give them some money, maybe I can offer them something, whatever according to my capacity, who I am and what I can do.
All that is part of the qualities of a believer, you believe in Allah, you have to be compassionate, so much so that even towards the animals, when you see an animal suffering, it should be your business, to try and end the suffering of the animal. And if you cause the suffering of an animal, there is bad news. The bad news is that perhaps you might be punished as a result of you causing suffering towards animals.
Do you know even the pests that we have, and the parasites and so on, say mosquitoes, if you want to deal with mosquitoes, you've got to deal with them in the best possible way such that they don't suffer they either alive or dead, but not in the middle. You know, you don't pick out a mosquito and then get it and look at it under a microscope and pull out one leg and then pull out the other leg and say you've been making sounds at my ears every night. You don't do that. Not at all.
The same would apply with rodents and whatever else it may be, if it's a pest and a parasite or whatever, you need to get rid of it quickly, fast.
Why? Because you need to be humane, I don't want this thing to suffer. I'd rather just take its life and that's it. We've gone May Allah Almighty, grant us goodness, however,
to assist in to help is one of the things that Allah subhanho wa Taala wants us to do. And as a result, my brothers and sisters
over and above zakat, which is two and a half percent. In most cases, I say most cases because there's a time when you got to give 10% There's a time when you've got to give 5% is a time when you've got to give 20% I don't know if you know of these percentages. If you're in farming, you would know what I spoke about. And if you're in mining, you would know what I'm saying. But if you're not in mining or farming, it may not be applicable to you. So they're both normally Gen trade and the rest of us is two and a half percent. If you're in farming, then it's either 5% If you're using your own irrigation, and 10% if it's from the rain of the heavens, meaning in the rain of the
skies, and if it's mining upon extraction, 20% Allahu Akbar Did you guys know this?
Did you notice when we should learn something mashallah, I had a feeling you wouldn't because it doesn't apply a lot of the time doesn't apply to people. That's why when they say the cat two and a half percent Technically, there is a different type of zakat. If you have livestock, you actually calculate it very differently. There's a whole list of things and how you do it. And that's not going to be on topic. But as you give you are only giving from the excess.
The calculation is from the excess that you have, okay. Allah is watching you and he wants to see what you do. So he tells you something very interesting. He says two and a half plus
Is mine not yours if you keep it like I said, you stolen from Allah, you have to give it but I want to watch what you give from you. How much have you given not from mine from you yourself?
Some give an extra two and a half. Okay, that's mine. They call it Nila. It's just for the sake of Allah it's not the Kadett sanitize just, it's just something voluntary, right?
Many of us
don't realize the importance of that which comes from you and your pocket. In fact, the reward of that is something else. It's like when you pray
every act of worship has it has within it, the compulsory part of it and the voluntary and Allah tells you in the Hadith could see that I love most that which is called which I've made compulsory in fact the hadith is worded such that there is nothing more loved to me than that which I made compulsory upon you, whether it's prayer so I need to do the follow up of Fajr which is two units of and then four units of Baba and so on, right?
Allah loves that he loves it the most. You do it mashallah you fulfilled your duty, well done. hamdulillah like I said, Inshallah, we're not going to Johanna we're not going to go to hellfire. But the Hadith says you continue to gain closeness to me.
Through sunnah and Nephi. What is sunnah? Nothing, that which the Prophet sallallahu wasallam did but it's not compulsory, but he did it. I'm gonna copy that I want to do that. You do it, you start getting even closer to Allah. And nephila, nothing means that which is permissible, and it's left to your discretion, when you did it from the goodness of your heart. Now you get even closer to Allah, even closer to Allah
until you achieve such closeness to Allah, that he becomes
the hands that you hold with the the legs that you walk with, and so on mentioned in the Hadith, what that means is everything you do, you're conscious of Allah, everything you do, when I'm going to hold something, earn something, say something, walk towards something, all of that is part of what Allah has ordained, and I'm not going to go out of that.
So when you give a charity,
Allah Almighty protects you from harm. A sadaqa to Tutsi will Bella Prophet sallallahu Sallam says the charity
will extinguish calamity. So give a bit more.
You don't know you can only find out on the Day of Judgment. One thing I've learned is on the Day of Judgment, or in the Hereafter, at least, when you want to know certain things that you didn't know on Earth, you will be able to know them. If you remember them at the time. It say, oh, Allah, what show me what are the calamities that was supposed to come in my direction, and they didn't come as a result of your mercy? Or as a result of something? And what was that thing? And then you can slowly see them one by one. And you'll be shocked, shocked that you were supposed to do this and this and this, you were supposed to face this, but we diversity and this is what we did, we protected you and
we elevated you as a result of this sadaqa as a result of that you did as a result of this goodness you did and so on to good. It's from your own wealth. I'm doing good.
And try to space it out. Not that I gave a million today. And then for two years, I didn't give any. No. Try to space it out. Yes, you can give a big charity if Allah has given you a big deal and that's fine. But if you're getting a regular salary, take out something and say look, that's apportion charity suck and give it to a cause that is probably the best cause what are the best causes? What's the best cause?
The best cause is a charity
that you give the reward of which outlives you. That's the best. It's called a setup Acharya.
It's a charity. You know, there is a wolf that the National walk is here this evening. And I tell you what,
the idea of a workflow is an endowment we have given money towards a charity that is going to last long, the reward of which may last forever I remembered something very quickly. Let me mention it.
How many of you have been to Madina? Munawwara. Please put up your hands.
A fair number put down your hands
towards the northern section of the northern part of the Masjid. That's the back you know the cupola is facing the south there and so the North is the back right where the Hilton is and so on.
At the back of those hotels, there is an intercontinental
there's a Movenpick is a few hotels. As you walk away from the hara, you get to a corner opposite a marketplace called Tao dia, which they're in the process of demolishing. But
before you cross the road, there's a massive building massive building. And you know what it says? To this day, there is a sign there saying worth of Earthman been a fan of the Allahu Anhu and you see that
it says work for us man been a fan every time I pass it whoever I'm with, I show them that's the work for Batman been a fan. There's a massive hotel there right now, every droplet and every penny and everything that goes actually goes to
the works that the endowment, all of it.
Circle afebrile that was quite an interview. Mashallah. So, what happened, he gave a little orchard and they were palms there and that land was given. And over the years, they used to collect from there the dates and give them and distribute them and whatever else and the charities and everything happened and it used to produce so much the day that they were demolishing all of this and putting up buildings you couldn't do it this belong to with man been a fan of the Allahu Anhu it can't happen, you know, you can't do this. So what happened? As a result, they decided okay, we will take this and we'll put up the building here so that there's no longer you know, a
poem or a dates farm there
in the middle of all the buildings, but we will put up a building and the money will still go back to the same work. And so those who were running it who are still coming down from that time
they decided, Okay, leave it be meaning let it happen. And so they put up a building to this day, anyone who stays there, guess what your money is going to go to the workforce man when I found out the Allah Allah, Allah Subhana Allah amazing. Now, when I see that, I think to myself, I need to do something like this to come on, imagine it may work, it may not work in the sense that who knows how long it's gonna last, you could get someone and take it away. I know a few things of Madina Munawwara that have come to my mind, but inshallah on another occasion.
So my brothers and sisters, remember something.
When we give charities think of the best way of giving, depending on how much you have, you have a small amount it might not be sadaqa jariya such. But if you've helped someone with school fees, for example, and you've educated them online, it will continue after you die. And if you've helped someone, for example, with you taught them something you set with them and you spend time with them. It's also a southern Nigeria. The Prophet SAW Selim says when you spend time with your children, and and help develop them, and as they grow older, if they're going to pray for you after you've died, that's a sadaqa jariya it's a charity. What did I do, I just looked after my kids nicely, and they
prayed for me. So may Allah make it easy for us.
Remember to give him the cause of Allah. And remember, the benefit will come to us, Allah doesn't need it. Allah is the Lord of the Worlds he created the scenario such that they are poor, and they are wealthy. And there are people in the middle, neither poor nor wealthy. That was Allah's plan. He designed our hearts and minds in a way that we feel a level of compassion.
And when we polish our qualities, that level of compassion goes up. And when that happens, you begin to become generous. And as you become generous, it is a prophetic quality. And when you develop a prophetic quality, you get closeness to Allah. And if you were to die in that condition, you go to Jannah just by giving
that's why the prophets of salaam when he got up and he said for example, once that who will buy this well and for them is paradise and with Malik now fun, same man of the Allahu Anhu these to call him was man. Well they call him with man honey, you know why the money comes from? You know where it comes from us wealthy, so wealthy that to this day in Medina Jayco that's what he was running anyway. Then it means a wealthy person. That's why they say rich man, have any of you heard me? There it goes.
who will buy this well, and for them is paradise he took the money he gave it and the Prophet sallallahu wasallam said for him is paradise and he did it more than once with different things. So for him was paradise many times already guaranteed. Subhanallah
through what in this instance to his money.
Allah might not have blessed you with knowledge. You might not Allah
could not have given you the ability to do so many acts of worship that are there I'm talking of beyond the Farah Farah do you have to,
but Allah might have given you wealth, or a little bit.
The beauty is when you give.
It's already an act of worship that turns closeness to Allah, no matter who you are and what your condition is, you know, we feel sometimes I'm not pious enough to do this, too. Don't let that happen. We're all working progress. That's what it is. And inshallah we will achieve. There's one last thing I want to tell you.
When Allah looks at your charity, he doesn't look at the amount.
He looks at
the intention, number one,
he looks at
the purity of the way you gave it, it's also connected to the intention.
And it's more to do with the quality of it.
percentage wise, a person who only owns
one measurement of dates.
A person who owns one measurement of dates, and that's the only thing he's got, and he gives half of that away,
which is a kilo of dates, has given more in the eyes of Allah than a guy who gave a million pounds when he's worth 100 million.
In the eyes of Allah, where do I get this wrong? Well, the Quran speaks about one of the battles where people were bringing whatever they could and here comes Abu Bakr and he brought everything almost double the Allahu Anhu brought half and there was man been a fan of the alarm and about a third of his wealth. I'm sure you might have heard that. But there was a man who worked all night he had nothing he had nothing. He worked all night and someone gave him a measurement of dates as payment
to measurements of dates and as a payment right? And so he gave one FISA, Belinda to the Prophet peace be upon him for for the course. And he kept the other one for his home.
What did he give? In essence, what percentage of what he had did he give 50%
Allah mentions that in the Quran
people were mocking at him and you know what they said in Allah Allah Iranian answer I had when when the guy comes in with his little measurement of dates, people said a guy Allah doesn't meet these dates Snugfit Allah What did you just say?
Allah revealed versus those who are mocking and laughing at this man who came in with a small measurement. They Allah will make a mockery of them and they will be laughed at one day Allahu Akbar. You don't a guy his one pound sages aka Hey, mashallah, today I was speaking to someone who told me oh, this charity is not 100% donation policy and he mentioned the charity and I told him my brother
whenever you give you a circuit 100 pounds add another 10 I said as he said, But why? Why should people pay from their own pockets to take yours occurred to the poor guy in somewhere in the world they have spent their money to take yours occurred somewhere you need to give 10 quid to say listen, this is my 100 to get my 100 to the poor person you should use this amount and take it and when you get there and you distributed let me know and I pay you more not as a card not a charity but for having executed it for me. That's how it should be but people no longer think like that. Do they? Let me give you another quick one. My father always says because where I come from, there are a lot
of poor people.
We have distribution of mashallah food happiness. So we call him 4000 5000 people. He says,
Did you pay the bus fare or the transport for all of these guys? If you didn't? You've actually cheated them. But how?
How could a rich person sit with a bag of or a food hamper?
And make a poor person pay for transport to come in except your pillar of Islam? Are you crazy?
This is my pillar of Islam. I want to execute it. I'm going to give zakat that man's actually paid money to come to I should either go to him all the way or I should pay him to come to me. There's no third way. There's no third way. If I made him come to me and he's paid for it. I need to deduct that amount because you know what? To be very fair and honest. It's it's wrong.
I mean, it's a pillar of Islam, but people don't think that way. They don't think as deep as that. No, no, these guys are taking money for admin. They need money for admin come up. If it's ridiculous, yes, you may raise it, but otherwise they need it. But I still do agree. Everyone feels much more inclined.
towards those who will take the least or don't take it all or use their own money or other funds, they have to execute it but still, are you involved in that? Anyway, that was a topic on its own. Since we're talking about giving, it's very interesting. Think about it. So may Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless us all May He make us from among those who spend these last days of Ramadan, also in a bit of giving.
And may Allah subhanho wa Taala unite us and gather us in gender to fill those my brothers and sisters. I've enjoyed myself I've spoken for as long as I had to speak and I'm going to hand over to my brother barnacle avec salamati Berthelot