Business is everywhere. With the world becoming a global village, business has seeped even into our homes as the online market has taken a hit. To your right, to your left, and even below you, trade-offs rule the world.
You give something to get something in return. Take a look around your house and see if you can name a thing that wasn’t purchased? Tough decision, right? Probably save your parents and siblings, everything in your house is earned and bought.
Well, that’s how this world works. It’s how we mutually gain benefit in this world from each other.
However, there’s also a trade we do with the One above us, a trade much different than all the trades of this world. How so? Let’s take a look.
How is Trading with Allah SWT different than Trading with People?
Whenever we trade with people, we try to get the best product at the lowest cost, right? Even when we can afford that high-end Mercedes, we always wish we had the option to pay less. No wonder sales are so fancy.
And what about when we are the seller? Ah, then we always want a buyer who can buy our products at the highest possible rate! Sounds ironic? Well, that’s just how human beings are fashioned as.
But what about when we do trade with Allah SWT? Oh, that’s almost like a lucky draw – one which you can win every single time! How cool is that?!
Every good deed we do in this world, given that we do it with the right intention, is an investment we make for ourselves, the investment that is stored with Allah SWT. All our good deeds are like a trade with Allah SWT – we do the good deeds, He gives us rewards.
The different thing though is that we can earn huge rewards for even a small deed!
Abdullah Ibn Abbas (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “The pious offspring who casts a single look of affection at his parents receives a reward from Allah equal to the reward of an accepted Hajj.” The people enquired: “O Prophet of Allah, if someone casts a hundred such glances of love and affection at his parents, what then?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Yes, indeed, even if one does so a hundred times a day, he will get a hundred-fold reward. Allah is far greater than you imagine and is completely free from petty narrow mindedness.” (Bayhaqi)
This means that the trade with Allah SWT is always heavily in our favour. This is because Allah SWT is Al-Ghani (the Self-Sufficient) and Ash-Shakoor (The Appreciative). He loves us and in His love for us, He blesses us way more than we deserve.
If I give you a bag worth $500. What will you pay me? $500 right? But if I do a good deed worth 500 reward units, Allah SWT will bless me with 10x to 700x of those reward units. That means, my reward units will be anywhere from 50000 to 3500000! That’s crazy, isn’t it?
“The example of those who spend in the way of Allah is just like a grain that produced seven ears, each ear having a hundred grains, and Allah multiplies (the reward) for whom He wills. Allah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing.” (Surah Al Baqarah, 261)
When we truly understand it, we wonder why anyone would want to miss out on such a rewarding trade.
And that just ain’t all. When you trade with Allah SWT in terms of good deeds, you earn rewards, which will be reaped in the hereafter. But apart from that, you also receive much goodness in this world. So, that’s an added layer of bounty.
The unbalanced scale is what makes trading with Allah SWT so different and so prosperous. The only times you can face a loss is if you do a bad deed or a good deed with a bad intention. But if you strive for goodness with good intentions as prescribed by the Shariah, then you’re definitely in for an awarding business with the One who possesses the wealth of the skies and the earth.
This is how I view spending wealth in the way of Allah SWT – a rewarding business with the Most Rich.
Doesn’t this mindset make it all even easier to spend in the path of Allah? I am sure it does.
What are the Different Charities in Islam?
Islam has proposed the perfect way of life. A major teaching of Islam is that of charity – what we call the win-win business with Allah SWT.
There are some charities in Islam that are obligatory, while some are optional.
Obligatory charities include Zakat, Sadqatul Fitr, Wajib Sadqah that is given as a compensation for certain sins, etc. These charities are necessary to be paid for if one meets the criteria. If you do not pay these charities, then you’d be sinful.
However, the optional charities are what we commonly refer to as Sadaqah, or Khayraat, or normal charity. These are free from any criterion, and can be paid to anyone. These are one of the most prominent Sunnahs of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and something that draws a Muslim closer to Allah SWT.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said in a Hadith:
“There are seven whom Allah will shade in His Shade on the Day when there is no shade except His Shade: … a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left-hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity…” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Who doesn’t want to be in His shade?
Check out this article to find out why charity is so important for a society, both on a macro and micro level; and most importantly (wink-wink), how it’ll make you wealthy!