Let's read this ayat..
Al Baqarah (2:245)
My advise, if you have these feelings, correct yourselves now...! You may be receiving "Istidraj" from Allah...!
Stingy person (do not like to give infaq) who influence others to be stingy, will suffer when others, due to his influence over them, also become stingy.
A simple example, when you see a beggar coming to you asking for money and although you still have in you the feelings of wanting to give some money but change your mind not to give when a person (your friend) next to you says,.."Why should you give the beggar money,...he should be working not begging....Why should you help a lazy person..!" When you are influenced by your friend and that stops you from giving, both you and your friend fall under what Allah's says in the above ayat.
Do you know that part of your wealth belongs to the poor...? Allah says in this ayat.
You can seek wealth which Allah has bestowed on you BUT do not forget your part to do good..but always people always forget..
What the above ayats meant..?
Truly man was created with these characteristics - impatient, easily angered (tempered), greedy and stingy. When he experiences hardship and difficulty in life, he becomes impatient, restless, easily angered but when he gets what he wants (contented), he becomes stingy (niggardly), except those who continuously perform his prayer (and most important, understands what he is saying in prayer) and know that a portion of his wealth is for poor (who asks) and the poor who are reluctant to ask. Both ayats 70:25 and 51:19 above, affirmed that the poor have rights over your properties in the form of zakat, charity, sedaqah etc...
Allah also reminded us in this ayat..
More ayat on goodly loan...
Another promise from Allah..!
Only those who believes in Allah and His Messenger are willing to spend their wealth and their lives for the cause of Allah. Allah also says this in this ayat.
The Writer asked few Arab friends who speaks Arabic on whether an Arab speaking person can understand the al-Qur'an without learning it...? All of them said, they would only know about 10-20% of the al-Qur'an Arabic if they do not learn the al-Qur'an. The Writer is not sure whether this is true but when comparing (arabic words and quranic words) most of the words implying similar things are differently worded in the al-Qur'an.
Allah reminds that one's life is just like a plant, it will eventually dry, turn yellow and become debris. If you spends too much time on worldly matters and ignore Allah's law and what is required from you is to be a person of "taqwa",.....severe punishment is waiting in the Hereafter.
Now let's view these YouTube video on charity...
1. Abu Bakar (RA)
3) Abu ad-Dahdah.
Once you have done the above, you should upgrade yourselves by giving more. The Writer attended a kuliah (religious talk) recently. The Ustaz talked about charity by giving an analogy i.e. there's certain type of fruit tree when you want the tree to bear fruits faster, you cut selected branches and leaves of the tree. In sha Allah, you will see new leaves growing and chances is that fruits will bear faster. So, what he was trying to say, Allah promise when you give charity (just like you cut the branches and leaves of a tree), Allah will pay you by increasing you rezeki....(...when the tree bear fruits..!). "Ikhlas" (sincerity) is important when it comes to charity. Giving charity to show-off (....although still consider as good deeds, Wallahualam...) is different from giving charity for the sake of Allah ("..Ikhlas"). Giving charity for the sake of Allah, is giving a goodly loan to Allah and Allah will surely repay.
How can you upgrade yourselves? Let's talk about giving charity where your deeds will continue to grow..instead of just one-off! Example of charity that your good deeds will continue to grow akin to a multi-level marketing commission without any "cut-off level" (for multi-level marketing, commission is paid up to only certain level only) but for these type of good deeds, is forever..
1) Regularly or put aside certain allocation each month for charity to an individual (for students' fee to assist him to be an al-hafiz), to al-Quran Training Centre (like Semat Qur'an) or Mahaad Tahfiz that train students (usually from age of 6-7 years old) to become al-hafiz (able to recite the al-Quran with more than 6,650 words by heart). When a student became an al-hafiz, the chances that he will also teach another (or a class of students) when he is qualfied to do so and this process shall continue perhaps, forever...(only Allah knows). His good deeds will continue to grow until Hereafter;
2) Regularly gives charity for missionary purposes i.e. to spread the religion of Islam. There are NGOs that are active in this activities like Al-Khaadem Foundation (www.al-khaadem.com.my), Muslim Care Malaysia (www.muslimcare.org.my ) and many more.
3) Regularly gives charity for the building of new masjids, new Tahfiz training centres etc. As long you continue to give, this is a goodly loan to Allah;
4) Give charity to students studying Syariah related subjects in overseas universities, particularly in the Middle East.
5) Regularly gives charity to Orphanage;
6) Regularly gives charity in term of money or buy food provisions to the poor /..single mother/..to orphanage;
7) Regularly gives charity to handicapped people etc
Before you proceed please click this link on Infaq (unfortunately, its in Malay).
How do you consider charity as one-off ?
1) Give charity to the development of a school building, sport club, school library and the like i.e. for general purpose and normally not related to the religion of Islam.
The purpose of charity is endless........can be for religious and non-religious (irrespective to a Muslim or to a non-Muslim), your deeds can be on perpetuity or one-off basis. Only Allah will determine how he will categories your good deeds and whether to accept or not to accept your good deeds...BUT one very important thing about charity that you must know is that, when giving charity, priority should be given to you siblings, relatives who are categories under all the above criteria first...and not forgetting others.
However, in giving charity, one must make sure he is giving it with sincere heart ("ikhlas"). Let see these 2 ayats..!
Call for charity by Allah is to all mankind...not just to the Muslims and Allah will surely pay a goodly loan !...but for the Muslims, our good deeds in charity will surely help us in the Hereafter (but subject to all of us also fulfilling the conditions imposed by Allah as mentioned in surah Al-Kahf 18:103-105) and this is more important than worldly rewards...(see video below with title ...And don't do it again!.....for an example of worldly reward).
Why Allah do not except their deeds...?
Allah also reminded us in Surah Al-Hadiid (57:20) below that if we live in this world only for play, sport, enjoyment, boasting, rivalry in respect of wealth and children, show of power etc...., it's not going to last long. Like vegetation, it will grow green after rain and finally become yellow, dried up and crumbles away. Those who are heedless of the Hereafter (those who do not implement Allah's laws like praying, fasting, pay zakat, take care of their modesty i.e. "aurat" for both man and women (wearing of hijab), implement (or support) hudud laws..learn al-Quran Arabic..etc and evil-doers such as those who follow the way of Satan such as drinking liqour, stealing, robbing, killing, corruption...basically doing or taking anything classified as haram....Wallahualam...etc), the punishment from Allah is very severe not only that, if they give charity (considered good deeds)...all these shall be in vain, and on the day of resurrection (judgement day), Allah shall not give any weight on all the good deeds, accumulated. This ayat is a clear reminder for us not to be caught in this world of deceiving enjoyment. All our deeds will be all for nothing (al-Kahf (18:105))
One very important ayat before we end this Article is ayat 28:77
Do not let go the al-Qur'an and Sunnah..! Infaq in the form of Sedaqah will help you to accumulate your good deeds since it is a goodly loan to Allah.
ONLY ALLAH KNOWS BEST