265- THE PARABLE OF THOSE WHO SPEND OF THEIR WEALTH SEEKING ALLAH’S PLEASURE AND STRENGTHENING THEIR OWN SOULS, IS THAT OF A GARDEN ON A HILL, WATERED BY HEAVY RAIN TO DOUBLE IT’S HARVEST, BUT IF NOT WATERED BY HEAVY RAIN, THE DEW WATERS IT; AND ALLAH SEES EVERY THING YOU DO.
Allah the Highest is giving us another parable. This parable is about spending in the cause of Allah. First this spending is aimed at pleasing Allah the Highest and strengthening our own souls.
How would spending for charity and in the cause of Allah strengthen our souls?
1- The best thing that strengthens our souls is to please Allah the Highest.
2- Our money and property are temptations, and to give some of it away is defeating this temptation. Allah the Highest said: “AND KNOW THAT YOUR WEALTH AND CHILDREN ARE TEMPTATION AND TRIAL FOR YOU, AND ALLAH HAS GREAT REWARD” (S:8 A:28)
3- We all love money and property. To give some of it away is an expression of Faith and trust that Allah’s reward is more secure, greater and everlasting. Our possessions belong to Allah the Highest in fact and we are temporarily in charge of it. More we love the things we give, more it is an expression of faith and righteousness. Allah the Highest said: “YOU WILL NOT ACHIEVE RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTIL YOU SPEND OUT OF WHAT YOU LOVE” (S:3 A:92)
The Parable is that of a garden of fruit trees on top of a hill. Hills usually have more rain and moisture like dew. When this garden has heaven rain, its harvest doubles, but if it does not, it still has good harvest. It has good harvest at any circumstances. Such is the outcome of a charity for Allah’s pleasure; it always gives us a good yield and reward.
We should note however that this good yield is conditioned by the intention for giving the charity, being for Allah’s pleasure. Allah the Highest looks at our intentions before our deeds. Allah’s messenger prayer and peace upon him said: “But your deeds depend upon your intention, and every one will be rewarded according to his intentions” (B: Eman; 41 & M: Emarah; 155 & D: Talaq; 11 & T: Fadael Al-Jehad; 16)
B: Bukhari M: Muslim Mal: Malek A: Ahmed D: Abu Dawood
Da: Daremy Ma: Ibn Magah N: Nesae T: Termezi