261- THE PARABLE OF THOSE WHO SPEND OF THEIR WEALTH IN THE CAUSE OF ALLAH IS THAT OF A GRAIN OF CORN, FROM WHICH GROW FORTH SEVEN EARS, IN EVERY EAR THERE ARE SEVEN GRAINS, AND ALLAH INCREASES THESE MANY MORE FOLDS FOR WHOM HE WILLS, FOR ALLAH IS ALL EMBRACING AND IS ALL KNOWING.
There are a number of points in this Ayah:
1- Allah the Highest is telling us about the very generous rewards of spending in His cause. Allah the Highest gives us a parable, simulating this charity to be like seeding a seed of corn in fertile soil. From this a plant grows, carrying seven ears of corn, each ear carrying a hundred grain. It can be even more. The picture is that the small grain resulted in a very large produce.
Allah’s messenger prayer and peace upon him said: “Whenever any of you gives a charity out of what is good and pure (of his wealth), because Allah does not accept anything but what is good and pure, Allah will take it into His Right Hand, even if it was just a date, and it will grow in His Hand until it becomes like a mountain. He (Allah) will look after it like you look after a foal or a little camel”. (M:Zakah;63,64 & T:Zakah;28 & N:Zakah;48 & Ma:Zakah;28 & A:2;538)
2- This spending should be for the cause of Allah the Highest only, and not for any other reason. What does this mean?
It means that one should not spend to be seen to be charitable or in order to gain advantage in this life some how. Allah does not accept such charity. It should not be even partly for Allah’s sake and partly for something else. Allah’s messenger prayer and peace upon him said that Allah the Highest said: “I am the One who does not need partnership. Whoever does a deed for me for which he gives me a partner, I will leave that deed to the partner”. (M: Zohd; 46 & Ma: Zohd; 11)
This does not mean that one should be pleased to give charity or give it to a blood relation or being an example to people giving charity. Allah the Highest knows what is in our hearts and knows our intentions and He judges us accordingly.
3- The charity does not decrease our wealth and Allah the Highest and His messenger reassures us of that. Allah the Highest said: “WHATEVER GOOD YOU SPEND, ALLAH WILL REPLACE IT, FOR ALLAH IS THE BEST PROVIDER” (S:34 A:39)
Allah’s messenger prayer and peace upon him said: “No wealth is ever diminished through charity” (B:Ber;69 & T:Ber;82 & Mal:Sadaqah;12 & A:2;235)
4- What Allah the Highest has is without limit, and can give us indefinitely. Allah’s messenger prayer and peace upon him said: “Allah the Exalted in power and Majestic said: ‘My slaves, if all of you, from the first to the last of you, human and jinn, gathered in one place , and all of you asked me for things and I gave every one what they asked for, it will not diminish my what I have by more than what the needle takes from the see when it goes through it’” (M:Ber;55)
5- In this Ayah also draws our attention of an ongoing miracle we take for granted. It is that, we plant a seed in the earth, and when it grows into a plant, it gives us a crop of hundreds. Out of these, only one seed is needed to have many more, and we eat the rest, like when we grow wheat, maize etc. This is ongoing indefinitely.
It is a miracle.
One might ask, concerning the eternal life in the Hereafter, any kind of increase of increase in what we have will soon come to any end as it is used?
Allah’s bounty in this life is consumed and it ends as this life ends. However, in the Hereafter which is eternal, Allah’s bounties are also eternal, they do not end.
B: Bukhari M: Muslim Mal: Malek A: Ahmed D: Abu Dawood
Da: Daremy Ma: Ibn Magah N: Nesae T: Termezi