Motivations For You To Give Charity

motivations to give charity

These are a bunch of motivations from Quran and hadith to remind us why we have to give charity and help others. May Allah blesses you all.

Motivations from Quran

Allah says,

“Your wealth and your children are but a trial, and Allah has with Him a great reward. So fear Allah as much as you are able and listen and obey and spend [in the way of Allah]; it is better for your selves. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be the successful. If you loan Allah a goodly loan, He will multiply it for you and forgive you. And Allah is Most Appreciative and Forbearing.” [64:15-17]

“O you who have believed, let not your wealth and your children divert you from remembrance of Allah. And whoever does that – then those are the losers. And spend [in the way of Allah] from what We have provided you before death approaches one of you and he says, “My Lord, if only You would delay me for a brief term so I would give charity and be among the righteous.” But never will Allah delay a soul when its time has come. And Allah is Acquainted with what you do.” [63:9-11]

“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.”  [2:261]

“Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day. In secret and in public have their reward with their Rabb (only God and Sustainer).  On them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.” [2:274]

“…that which you give for charity, seeking the Countenance of Allah, (will increase). It is those who will get a recompense multiplied.” [30:39]

“Only those believe in Our verses who, when they are reminded by them, fall down in prostration and exalt [ Allah ] with praise of their Lord. And they are not arrogant. They arise from [their] beds; they supplicate their Lord in fear and aspiration, and from what We have provided them, they spend. And no soul knows what has been hidden for them of comfort for eyes as reward for what they used to do.” [32:15-17]

“Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah (alone), Lord of all that exists. No partner has He, and this I have been commanded, and I am the first [among you] of the Muslims.”” [6:162-163]

“And let not those who withhold what Allah has given them of His bounty ever think that it is better for them. Rather, it is worse for them. Their necks will be encircled by what they withheld on the Day of Resurrection. And to Allah belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth. And Allah is fully Acquainted with all that you do.” [3:180]

“Who spend [in the cause of Allah] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good.” (3:134).

Motivations from hadith

The Prophet ﷺ says,

“Give in charity and do not give reluctantly lest Allah should give you reluctantly (a small amount). And do not withhold your money lest Allah should withhold it from you.” [Bukhari, Muslim].

“When a person dies, his works end, except for three. Ongoing charity, knowledge that is benefited from, and a righteous child who prays for him.” [Muslim, Al-Tirmidhi, and others]

“Prayer is a light. Charity is proof (of one’s faith). Endurance is a brightness and the Qur‘an is a proof on your behalf or against you. All men go out early in the morning and sell themselves, thereby setting themselves free or destroying themselves.” [Muslim]

“Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect. And the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” [Muslim]

“A Muslim is rewarded (in the Hereafter) for whatever he spends. Except, for something that he spends on his own building (or home).” [Bukhari]

“Sadaqah extinguishes sin, as water extinguishes fire.” [Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah]

“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his Sadaqah.” [Tirmidhi, Ahmad]

“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” [Tirmidhi]

“Every Muslim has to give in sadaqah (charity).” The people asked, “O Allah’s Messenger ﷺ! If someone has nothing to give, what will he do?” He said, “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked, “If he cannot do even that?” He replied, “Then he should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked, “And if he cannot do that?” He replied, “Then he should perform all that is good and keep away from all that is evil and this will be regarded as charitable deeds.” [Bukhari]

Aisha (d. 58h) says, “Once the Prophet ﷺ had several coins that he asked his wife to give in charity. But due to his illness, she did not have an opportunity to give out the coins. When he learned of this, he asked for the coins, placed them in his hand, and then said: What would I do if I were to meet God, who is Great and Glorious, while (still) possessing these?” [Tirmidhi].

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