The month of Ramadan is a special time for Muslims, as it is a month of fasting, prayer, and increased worship. One of the most significant nights during this blessed month is Laylatul Qadr, or the Night of Power. It is a night that is described as better than a thousand months and holds immense rewards and blessings for those who engage in acts of worship, including spending in charity.
Charity, or sadaqah, is a fundamental concept in Islam that entails giving from one’s wealth to those in need for the sake of Allah. It is a means of purifying our wealth, purifying our souls, and earning immense rewards from Allah. And on the Night of Power, the rewards for charity are multiplied manifold. Giving just R10 on Laylatul Qadr is equal to giving R10 everyday for 83 years in the path of Allah Ta’ala. This is a sure way of ensuring not a single day in your life will go by without you giving in charity.
What impact does charity have on your worldly life?
Blessings in Wealth: Allah promises to bless the wealth of those who give in charity. In the Quran, Allah says,
وَمَآ ءَاتَيْتُم مِّن رِّبًۭا لِّيَرْبُوَا۟ فِىٓ أَمْوَٰلِ ٱلنَّاسِ فَلَا يَرْبُوا۟ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ ۖ وَمَآ ءَاتَيْتُم مِّن زَكَوٰةٍۢ تُرِيدُونَ وَجْهَ ٱللَّهِ فَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلْمُضْعِفُونَ ٣٩
“And whatever you give for interest to increase within the wealth of people will not increase with Allah. But what you give in zakah (charity), desiring the countenance of Allah – those are the multipliers” (Surah Ar-Rum – 39).
Giving in charity with the intention of pleasing Allah results in blessings in our wealth and provisions, and it also protects our wealth from being consumed by harmful means or wasted in unnecessary expenses.
Protection from Calamities: Giving in sadaqah acts as a shield against calamities and misfortunes. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Sadaqah extinguishes sins as water extinguishes fire” (Tirmidhi). When we give in charity, it serves as a means of expiating our sins and seeking Allah’s forgiveness. It protects us from the negative consequences of our actions and brings us closer to Allah’s mercy and protection.
Increase in Provision: Giving in sadaqah is a means of seeking Allah’s favor and blessings. Allah is the Provider, and when we give in charity, we demonstrate our trust in Him as the ultimate source of our sustenance. Allah promises to replace what we give in charity with something better. In the Quran, Allah says,
مَّثَلُ ٱلَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَٰلَهُمْ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ كَمَثَلِ حَبَّةٍ أَنۢبَتَتْ سَبْعَ سَنَابِلَ فِى كُلِّ سُنۢبُلَةٍۢ مِّا۟ئَةُ حَبَّةٍۢ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ يُضَـٰعِفُ لِمَن يَشَآءُ ۗ وَٱللَّهُ وَٰسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ ٢٦١
“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing” (Surah Al-Baqarah – 261).
Giving in charity can result in an increase in our provisions and blessings from Allah.
Increase in Barakah (Divine Blessings): Giving in sadaqah attracts Allah’s blessings and increases the barakah in our life. Barakah is a divine blessing that brings prosperity, goodness, and success in our endeavors. When we give in charity sincerely for the sake of Allah, it enhances the barakah in our wealth, health, time, and relationships. It brings about a sense of contentment, happiness, and fulfillment in our lives.
Give for the sake of Allah.
By giving atleast R10 on every odd night, you are sure to catch the night of power and secure your 83 years of charity. The more generous you are, the more generous Allah will be, however remember, Allah looks at the intention, and not the amount. May Allah Ta’ala accept our efforts. Aameen.