لَنْ تَنالُوا الْبِرَّ حَتَّى تُنْفِقُوا مِمَّا تُحِبُّونَ وَ ما تُنْفِقُوا مِنْ شَيْءٍ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ بِهِ عَليمٌ (92)
You will never attain piety until you spend out of what you hold dear, and whatever you may spend of anything, Allah indeed knows it. ( 92 )
92 – – YOU WILL NOT ATTAIN BENEFICENCE UNLESS YOU GIVE IN ALMS OF WHAT YOU LOVE, AND WHATEVER YOU GIVE IN ALMS ALLAH KNOWS IT.
Here is a sign and a test for One’s faith and sincerity in belief giving in charity of that which we really love it and value it greatly. Our life, our personal efforts, our wealth and properties, our knowledge and our Self are among the things that are loved more or less.
The Arabic” BEAR” which is translated here to” BENEFICENCE” is a comprehensive word with a variety of shades of meaning such as benevolence, kindness, all sorts of goodness, so much so that in another verse of Quran( Q 2: 12 )it implies the belief in God and in Dooms Day and also it means the prayer and the Fasting. Therefore to reach the position of the Good-Doers, needs to satisfy different conditions, among which giving in alms of what we really love it, and however small the amount of our charity, it will be within the knowledge of God, and it is recorded and registered in His book.
THE INFLUENCE OF QURANIC VERSES The influence of Quranic Verses in the hearts of Muslims was quick, deep, and great, so much so that its consequences could be seen soon after the revelation.
Two instances, narrated by the commentators and historians are mentioned below:
1 – – One of the prophet’s companions, named ABU TALHA ANSARI, had a beautiful and profitable palm-grove in Medina. When the above verse came down, he went to the prophet and said:” The best thing I love in this life is that garden of mine, which I am going to give in charity now for the sake of Allah.”The prophet said to him:” Bravo! Bravo! this is a wealth that will profit you much.” Then the prophet added:” I am of opinion that you should spend it for the poor and needy persons of your own family and near kins.” He did as the prophet ordered: He sold the garden and divided its price among the poor and needy of his family.
2 – – We read in the history that ZOBAIDAH, the queen of HAROON – AL RASHID had a very magnificent and expensive manuscript of the Holy Quran. She had it adorned with expensive Jewels and a lot of gold, and it was the most loved thing by her. One day she opened to recite the book, and by chance, the above mentioned verse caught her sight. She read the verse and decided to give the precious Book in charity. She, therefore, called the royal jeweller, sold it, and by its price made a drinking water system for the Bedouin Arabs. It is said that the system still exists and is on use, and it is called by her name.
source: Commentary (Nimunih), Vol1, page: 384
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You are All-Hearing and All-Knowing.
You are The Most Forgiving.
You are The Most Relenting and repeatedly Merciful.
Allah! grant us The Taufiq to read all the 5 prayers with sincerity.
(Taken from To Be Earnest In Prayers By Amina Elahi)
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