GIVING IN THE NAME OF ALLAH

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Giving in the name of Allah
Giving in the name of Allah

Hudhur (atba) cited verse 263 of Surah Al Baqarah, the translation reads:

They spend their wealth for the cause of Allah, then follow not up what they have spent with taunt or injury, for them is their reward with their Lord, and they shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve.

Huzur remarked: who are the people the verse refers to? Explaining, he said, these are the community of believers who give to attain the pleasure of Allah. Allah states in verse 273 of Surah Al Baqarah, while you spend not but to seek the favour of Allah and Huzur said this is the dignity of a believer; indeed, it should be the dignity of a believer. A true believer does not ever give for the sake of affectation. Fortunate are those who give for the sake of Allah and then forget about it and never remind others that they gave to such and such donation or such and such donation.

“In today’s world, upon reflection, it is the Community of the Promised Messiah (as) alone that has people who continue to give in the cause of Allah and never give the air of owing favours. If there is the odd person who indulges in this, they are separated from the Community and having left the security and refuge of the Community are thrown into chaos.

“It is a tremendous blessing of Allah that by including us in the Community of the Promised Messiah (as) He has counted us among those who continue to give without any fear or grievance and who are profusely rewarded. Allah states in verse 8 of Surah Al Hadid (57:8) “and those of you who believe and spend will have a great reward.” Hudhur (atba) said one could not even believe to reflect over Allah’s reward and here the citation is of a ‘great reward’. Indeed, fortunate are those who fulfil this and fortunate are Ahmadis that the Promised Messiah (as) came and generated this spirit in us.

He said:
Love of wealth is not desirable. Allah states: ‘Never shall you attain to righteousness unless you spend out of that which you love..’ 3:93

You can never ever win the pleasure of Allah unless you, relinquishing your desire, abandoning your pleasures, sacrificing your honour, disowning your wealth, discarding your life, bear such hardships in His way as make you suffer pangs of death. But once you have suffered hardship for Allah, you will come in the lap of God like a beloved child.

If you truly impose a death upon yourself then you will appear in God and God will be with you. The house wherein you dwell will be blessed; and God’s mercy will descend on the walls of your house, and the city wherein you reside will be hallowed.

“Huzur said how fortunate are we that the Imam of the Age (as) illumined the ways to seek God. Allah has stated financial giving as a means to attain His pleasure and the Promised Messiah (as) elucidated its significance to us and his Khalifas have been drawing attention towards it as well because sacrifices are mentioned in conjunction with worship of Allah and financial giving is one of these sacrifices.

“…Hudhur (atba) said it should be remembered that revolutionary changes are brought about with sacrifices. In this hedonistic age, to overcome the selfishness of the nafs (self) is a tremendous source of Tarbiyyat (moral training) and financial giving is a great Jihad (striving) of the time. Hudhur (atba) addressed the new converts as well as those who look after them and said that their ties with the Community get stronger when they comprehend the essence of financial giving. He said some of them make outstanding financial sacrifices yet they write in, saying; they feel a sense of yearning that they joined in so late. Hudhur (atba) said these are the pearls and gems granted to the Promised Messiah (as).

“Hudhur (atba) said those who are not so good at giving whether old or new to the Community should remember that the station that is the station of Allah’s pleasure is sought with continual endeavour. It is also the obligation of the administration to continue to relate the significance of financial giving to the Community. Hudhur (atba) said there are people who work for the Community with such zeal that they are totally absorbed in it and spare no time for their families and have to be reminded to give time to the families and indeed to themselves.

“…Huzur prayed that may we display such a spirit that people to come would pray for us for establishing pious models and thus inculcated the spirit of giving. May Allah make it so.”

Friday Sermon, January 4, 2008

Courtesy (Tarbiyyat Department)

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