- “No one has ever become poor by giving”
― Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank: the play
- “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
― Mother Theresa
- “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
― John Holmes
- “In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything
- “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou
- “A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.”
― Jack London
- You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
― John Bunyan
- “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
- EVERY CONTRIBUTION ARE MULTIPLIED BY 700
The parable of those who spend their wealth for the cause of Allah is like that of a grain of corn which brings forth seven ears, each bearing a hundred grains. And (remember) that Allah shall give manifold increase to whom He wills, and Allah is All-Embracing (in His grace and bounty) and All-Knowing. (Al-Baqarah:261)
(Source: Al-Quran, 2:261)
Every good deed has its own rewards and the best reward is those from the Almighty. In Islam, the rewards for each Sadaqah (charity) done is multiplied by 700 as mentioned in chapter Al-Baqarah (2:261). Those rewards can be our advocate during afterlife.
- SPEND FOR GOOD INTENTION AND BELIEVE IN REWARDS FROM THE ALMIGHTY
Those who spend their wealth in the way (the religion) of Allah, and afterwards do not follow their spending with taunts and insults to (the recipients) shall be rewarded by their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Al-Baqarah:262)
(Source: Al-Quran, 2:262)
Contribute for the sake of hereafter life, shall you not be grief now. Remember that when we contribute for other’s wellbeing, our life would be more blessed. Do not fear to rise by lifting others. Islam encourages everyone to do charity through many ways, as simple as feeding the poor, showing love towards the orphans, and uttering good words.
- WHATEVER YOU GIVE AND SHARE, YOU WOULD BE REPLACED WITH SOMETHING BETTER
and whatever you give in alms He will pay you back for it. And He is the Best of those who grant sustenance.” (Saba’:39)
(Source: Al-Quran, 34:39)
We live in a world full of diversified community. Thus, sharing part or the least from our wealth would never leave us in hardship. The good deeds we do to others are like seedlings, which the fruits are for us to be harvested later.
- INFAQ SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRETENSE OR TO SHOW OFF
O believers! Do not annul (the rewards of) your acts of charity by stressing your benevolence and hurting (the feelings of the needy) – just like the one who spends his wealth only to be seen and praised by men and believes neither in Allah nor in the Last Day. (The act of charity of) such a man is like that of a smooth rock covered with a thin layer of earth: when heavy rain falls on it, the earth will be washed away leaving the rock bare. (This similitude is equally applied to the disbelievers and hypocrites who spend their wealth to be seen and praised by men) for such people shall gain nothing from what they have earned. And (remember) that surely Allah does not guide the disbelievers. (Al-Baqarah:264)
(Source: Al-Quran, 2:264)
When you conduct almsgiving or charity, set your intention solely for the sale of the Lord, and don’t show off your deeds, as it may wash away the benefits of charity that you have done.
- INFAQ ALLOWS YOU TO PURIFY YOUR WEALTH DAN SOUL
The Infaq is a way to purify one’s heart and mind. It is an unselfish act of worship. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) mentioned, “the Lord’s commandment for every one of His slaves is, ‘Spend on others, and I will spend on you’”(Bukhari, Muslim).
- INFAQ HELPS REMOVE THE PROBLEMS OF WORLDLY LIFE AND BEYOND.
The Prophet Muhammad said (PBUH), “verily charity appeases the wrath of Allah and eases the sufferings of death” (Tirmidhi).
- INFAQ CONTRIBUTES TO THE BETTERMENT OF ONE’S CHARACTER
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “there are two habits which are never present together in a believer: miserliness and bad manners”(Tirmidhi).
- THE GOOD DEED THAT HAS REPETITIVE MENTIONS IN THE QURAN
Infaq is mentioned almost 54 times in t he Quran. Allah commands this basic pious spending for His sake on all of human beings. Through Infaq, the redistribution of wealth contributes to the eradication of poverty in our communities. Infaq also provides numerous benefits and securities for the giver, as long as all conditions are complied.
(Source: Zakat Foundation of America, www.zakat.org)
- THE ALMSGIVER WILL OBTAIN PROTECTION OF ALLAH ON THE JUDGMENT DAY
In the well-known Hadith in Bukhari about the seven types of people who will receive God’s shade or protection on that Day, one of those listed is “a man who gives charitable gifts so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given.”
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, Seven people will be shaded by Allah under His shade on the day when there will be no shade except His. They are: (1) a just ruler; (2) a young man who has been brought up in the worship of Allah, (i.e. worship Allah (Alone) sincerely from his childhood), (3) a man whose heart is attached to the mosque (who offers the five compulsory congregational prayers in the mosque); (4) two persons who love each other only for Allah’s sake and they meet and part in Allah’s cause only; (5) a man who refuses the call of a charming woman of noble birth for an illegal sexual intercourse with her and says: I am afraid of Allah; (6) a person who practices charity so secretly that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given (i.e. nobody knows how much he has given in charity). (7) a person who remembers Allah in seclusion and his eyes get flooded with tears. (SAHIH BUKHARI HADITH NO. 1423)
- TO GIVE IS BETTER THAN TO RECEIVE
Narrated Hakim bin Hizam: The Prophet said, The upper hand is better than the lower hand (i.e. he who gives in charity is better than him who takes it). One should start giving first to his dependents. And the best object of charity is that which is given by a wealthy person (from the money which is left after his expenses). And whoever abstains from asking others for some financial help, Allah will give him and save him from asking others, Allah will make him self-sufficient.( SAHIH BUKHARI HADITH NO. 1427)
- DON’T DENY THE HELP SEEKED BY NEEDY
Narrated Abu Burda bin Abu Musa: that his father said, Whenever a beggar came to Allah’s Apostle or he was asked for something, he used to say (to his companions), Help and recommend him and you will receive the reward for it; and Allah will bring about what He will through His Prophet’s tongue.( SAHIH BUKHARI HADITH NO. 1432)
- DON’T HESITATE TO OFFER A CHARITY
Narrated Asma: The Prophet said to me, Do not withhold your money, (for if you did so) Allah would withhold His blessings from you. Narrated `Abda: The Prophet said, Do not withhold your money by counting it (i.e. hoarding it), (for if you did so), Allah would also withhold His blessings from you.( SAHIH BUKHARI HADITH NO. 1433)
- THE CHARITY YOU ARE DOING NOW, IT BENEFITS NOT ONLY YOU, BUT YOUR WHOLE FAMILY
Narrated `Aisha: Allah’s Apostle said, When a woman gives in charity from her husband’s meals without wasting the property of her husband, she will get a reward for it, and her husband too will get a reward for what he earned and the storekeeper will have the reward likewise. (SAHIH BUKHARI HADITH NO. 1437)
- DON’T WAIT FOR IT, DO THE CHARITY IMMEDIATELY
Narrated `Uqba bin Al-Harith: Once the Prophet offered the `Asr prayer and then hurriedly went to his house and returned immediately. I (or somebody else) asked him (as to what was the matter) and he said, I left at home a piece of gold which was from the charity and I disliked to let it remain a night in my house, so I got it distributed .( SAHIH BUKHARI HADITH NO. 1430)
- IT’S ALL ABOUT SHARING WHAT YOU LOVE WITH OTHERS
You shall never be truly righteous until you spend of what you love. And whatever you spend is known to Allah. (Ali-‘Imran:92)
The good charity comes from a beautiful intention of sharing what you love with others, despite knowing that you can expect nothing in return from the recipient.
(Source: Al-Quran, 3:92)
- GIVE, BUT KEEP IT QUIET FOR GOOD
One the seven men that receives protection from Allah on the day after would be the man that does charity via his right hand and kept it private, until the left hand does not know what was given by the right hand.
- SEDEQAH HELPS TO ELIMINATE YOUR SINS
Sadaqah (charity) extinguishes sins just as water extinguishes fire, (Jami’ at- Tirmidhi, 614)