Make It Easy for Us to Give

10 April by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

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Allah ‘Azza wa-Jalla says, Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm: “وَآتُوا الزَّكَاةَ”, “Wa-ātū z-zakāt”, “And give Zakah” (Qur’ān 2:43). Giving zakāh is from the farḍ of Islām. Giving it in Ramaḍān, giving in this month is both good and more virtuous, and people don’t get confused whether a year has passed or not. Every year in Ramaḍān, even if they don’t distribute it, they should separate their money or property or whatever there is from their own money. It is the right of Allāh ﷻ. It is the order of Allāh ’Azza wa-Jalla and the right of poor people. Allāh ﷻ gave us our money. May He ﷻ give barakah with it. But that is their right. We cannot interfere or touch it. You must give it when there is a need. It will be out of your possession then.

When Islām had just appeared – it had come to our Holy Prophet ﷺ slowly in 23 years. He ﷺ used to call it Zakāt Al-Fiṭr before. It was not for all property but for everyone. We call it fiṭr when you pay per individual. It was so then. Afterwards, this zakāh became farḍ. It is farḍ now. And the other one is like ṣadaqah zakāt. Fiṭr must be given before ‘Īd prayer so that it counts as fiṭr. When it is given after ‘Īd prayer, our Holy Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam says that is ṣadaqah. You are losing the virtue of and thawāb of fiṭr then.

But zakāh is a very important thing. Our Holy Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam says, “ما نقص مالٌ من صدقةٍ”, “Mā naqaṣa mālun min ṣadaqah”. Your property doesn’t decrease from ṣadaqah. And as zakāh is farḍ, it won’t decrease at all. On the contrary, it will increase. Whoever gives zakāh, his money, property, everything he has increases and gets barakah. Therefore, we shouldn’t be scared. But shayṭān is preventing people from giving. He is scaring them. He says “It will finish. Why are you giving so much?” and doesn’t want it.

There are many rich people who live in our Islamic world as Muslims. They have so much money that if they gave zakāh there would be no poor or hungry people in this time. But Allāh ﷻ has not given them that. Allāh ﷻ gave them money, but they think this favour is from themselves and don’t give. And when they don’t give – the more they don’t give, the more sins will be on them in ākhirah; and they will be punished as much. May Allāh ﷻ protect us. May we have giving hands. May we not be scared of giving in shā’a Llāh.

There is a story, a true story. There was a tradesman in Damascus. He had a Shaykh there, and he was making ṣuḥbah. After the ṣuḥbah, he told him, “I will ask something from you. Do me a favour”. He asked “What kind of favour?” “I have money. I want to give zakāh, but I cannot do it. I will take you home now. Bring a couple of people. No, bring 3-5 strong men with you. I will show you its place when we reach home. And I will tell you where the key is. Hold me. Calculate zakāh from it and take out my zakāh. And don’t listen to me if I scream and shout. Take it and go”. Indeed, they did so. They went home, and when they were about to take it, he started shouting. He started swearing asking to leave it. But they had been instructed to open it and take the money, so they did. They took the zakāh money. And then they left him. He came to thank them next day and said, “May Allāh ﷻ be pleased with you. Otherwise, I wouldn’t give it myself even if they cut my head off. That’s why I chose this way so that my zakāh is out”.

There are people like this. There are many people who want to give but cannot. They have a lot of money and everything. They give five fold, hundred fold of zakāh to other places. But they don’t give on the way of Allāh ﷻ, as it is ordered by Allāh ﷻ.

May Allāh ﷻ make us from the giving ones. May Allāh ﷻ make us from those who preserve the right of Allāh ﷻ. This is taking away one’s right. You are taking the rights of the poor. You are taking Allāh’s ﷻ right. You are taking it away. May Allāh ﷻ protect us.

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.


Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

10th April 2023/ 20th Ramadhan 1444

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