Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Spirit of Financial Sacrifice

The spirit of financial sacrifice in the cause of Allah is central to the growth and progress of the Community. In the times of a Messenger of Allah, there are many who deeply attach themselves to the Divine cause and are unwilling to let go of the opportunity to learn something new and fresh from the Divine Messenger. They prefer an ascetic and humble life, cherishing knowledge and worship. They forgo the possibility of material gains for the sake of preserving the inherited knowledge for posterity and a distant future. Such dignified people might prefer their poverty over begging to people for their survival. It is the duty and responsibility of the Community at large, especially those who can afford to do so, to take care of the needs and requirements of such spiritual souls.

In his Friday Sermon of October 19, 2012 the Khalifatullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Sahib (atba) of Mauritius continued with the larger theme of spending in the cause of Allah. Read the Extracts from the Friday Sermon:

It is not your duty to guide them, but Allah guides whom He wills. And whatever good you spend is for yourselves, and you do not spend except seeking the countenance of Allah. And whatever you spend of good, it will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged. (Charity is) for the poor who have been restricted for the cause of Allah, unable to move about in the land. The ignorant would think them self-sufficient because of their restraint, but you will know them by their (characteristic) sign. They do not ask people persistently (or at all). And whatever you spend of good, indeed, Allah is aware of it. Those who spend their wealth (in Allah's way) by night and by day, secretly and publicly, they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear shall there be concerning them, nor will they grieve. (2: 273-275)

By the grace of Allah, Allah the Almighty has granted me the great favour to continue my sermon which I started last Friday. After having recited the same verse (2: 273-275) of the Holy Quran in front of you, I have the great pleasure and honour to give you some explanations according to the will of Allah.

Allah the Almighty says that when we spend for His pleasure and cause only, this does not mean that we have to spend only on our children, although it is a good way to have the pleasure of Allah.

When we spend on our wives and children, to spend what is right according to our limit to achieve Allah’s pleasure, that’s very good. But here Allah says that those who spend for Allah’s pleasure while sacrificing their own rights and they spend more on people who have no rights on them, that is, not related by blood. They are people who spend more on others, who become poorer for the cause of Allah. That’s why it is mentioned separately in another verse. On the contrary the word “and” is not mentioned, that is, they spend on themselves, their own family, then moreover on poor people. Here Allah speaks about those who spend on poor people first.

Here it is not the subject which is mentioned in different places in the Holy Quran, but only to spend on poor people. What kind of poor people is mentioned here? Those who have become poor in the way of Allah – they have become very poor so as to promote the religion of Allah, to keep Islam high up, to show the beauty and miracle of Allah’s words. And when you give something to these people, this does not mean that you are giving away a Sadqua, a charity in the real sense of the word – Oh no! On the contrary, it’s a golden opportunity to spend on these people, to take care of them. So Allah says that when you spend on these poor people for Allah’s pleasure, firstly spend on these poor people, those who has spent all their wealth and health for the cause of Allah, those who had cut themselves from mundane activities and entertainment to promote and spread Islam.

There are many people who had shut themselves somewhere and they do not have the freedom to go out elsewhere to seek their provisions or to do mundane work. They are concentrating and devising plans how to spread the perfect religion to reach the outer ears. They don’t have time to do mundane work to get their living. So that’s why Allah has laid emphasis to help these “poor” people. In fact they are not poor. As they are working voluntarily very very hard from morning till late at night for Deen work, they hardly have time to go out to seek money for their own livelihood and for their family. They have become “diwana” (dedicated) in the way of Allah.

For example, the As-haabe Souffa who had great capacity to do Deen work etc. and moreover to stay close to the prophet of Allah, Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) and to listen to the words of Allah coming from the heavens and to propagate them rapidly to others, Khidmat-e-Deen (service to religion). They had preferred to spend most of their precious time with the Holy Prophet (pbuh) in the mosque, in prayer and remembrance of Allah, in reforming themselves and in asking forgiveness for their sins and errors.

Hence, here in this verse, Allah says that those people had the ability to go out to carry out mundane work but despite their capabilities, they had preferred to leave the luxurious life for Deen work, for the cause of Allah. Therefore, if you spend on them, it will be the best way to spend for the cause of Allah.

Those Muslims especially the Ansars (Helpers) of Madina, they had this habit of visiting these people day and night, gifting them some money and other basic necessities. Even Hazrat Muhammad (sa) gave away major part of his gifts to these “poor” people.

(Charity is) for the poor who have been restricted for the cause of Allah, unable to move about in the land. This part of the verse mentions that these people cannot go out for work to earn money. Circumstances compel them to remain confined in a place where they are unable to earn their living. Such persons particularly deserve help from the better-off or well-off members of the community. They are so absorbed in the love of Allah and that of His Messenger Muhammad (sa) that they had no desire to go out to seek their own living despite their great capacities and know-how. The love of the Prophet of Allah (sa) was so profound and vivid that they did not want to leave him even for some minutes.

Hazrat Abu Huraira (ra) was one among them. When he was asked why did he not go to his home, why did he stay close to Hazrat Muhammad (sa)? His only reply was that his entire life was spent in an unislamic way, against Islam. But now, there is very little time to live. So how was it possible now to spend that little left far from Hazrat Muhammad (sa)? It’s impossible, whatever happens, I will never leave my beloved master Hazrat Muhammad (sa), I don’t need anything except staying whole day and night in his company and to help him in Khidmat-e-Deen. I want to spend each second, minute of my life here with him. I don’t want to lose this favour; not all people receive this divine favour. [Inset: Maqbara of Hadhrat Abu Huraira (ra) at Jannat-ul Baqi, Madina, Saudi Arabia] 

So, that was the state of the heart of Abu Huraira (ra) which he expressed in his own words. In fact, he really had that great desire to spend all his remaining life in the company of our beloved Hazrat Muhammad (sa) and he was elated when he witnessed so many revelations from the Heavens and sayings of the prophet (sa). He always used to say that he never heard such sweet words since his childhood, and now he wanted to stay close to the prophet (sa). Hence, he never missed those golden opportunities of revelations and sayings of the prophet (sa). He was the Sahabi (companion) who related most sayings of the Holy Prophet (sa). And to reward him, Allah has kept him alive a bit longer so as he could relate most of the Hadiths of the Holy Prophet (sa). And Allah made him live longer so that he could relate all these sayings which he heard (from the lips of the prophet (sa)). Therefore, these are people who do not possess complete capacities and abilities, yet they were so much imprisoned in the love of Allah and that of His prophet (sa) that they were unable and did not want to come out of it. It is those kinds of people who have been mentioned in priority in this verse.

Then Allah continues in the same verse that the ignorant imagine them to be free from want because of their abstaining from begging. Those ignorant people believed that they were rich. And now, how can we imagine that these people were rich? Those whose poverty was apparent, how could we have these thoughts about them? In fact, these people did not like begging. The Holy Prophet (sa) has condemned begging. The verse incidentally praises those self-respecting persons who abstain themselves from begging – they prefer to live on very little they had; very often on dates and water only; there were even days when they had nothing to swallow, they attached one stone on their stomach. They did not want to let people know about their poverty because they had preferred this way of life to win Allah’s pleasure. Hence, those who become poor in the cause of Allah, they expect nothing from others.

People all over the world think that they do not need anything, that they are sitting quietly, peacefully. But in fact Allah tells these ignorant people to say whatever they wish to them. You can recognise these people by their foreheads, by their faces. Allah the Almighty says that these people had never annoyed someone by asking for charity they do not even have this habit! After He mentions this, Allah says: “And whatever you spend of good, indeed, Allah is aware of it.”

Now, in the next verse (275), Allah comes on a general subject. Verse 274 mentions that special category of people who had abandoned their own right but to spend on people who had deliberately dedicated themselves in Khidmat-e-Deen, for the cause of Allah. Now here in this verse Allah is addressing to people belonging in the Ummah of Muhammad (sa) that there are many people who spend their wealth at night as well as during daytime, secretly, or openly also. These people will be highly rewarded by Allah. Make sure that you don’t spend openly for ostentation (show off), by arrogance and pride! Make sure then, that no reward will be allocated; instead Allah will remove all His light and divine favours from you.

Hence, people who sacrifice themselves financially in the cause of Allah are really happy people. They experience great joy within themselves without neither the least fear of being poorer nor grief. They know that they are the luckiest people in this world and in the Hereafter also. People who make such great financial sacrifice for Allah’s pleasure in this world and in obeying Allah’s Chosen Servant without expecting an increase in their wealth, definitely Allah the Almighty will multiply their wealth more than that, that is, an expected result and whenever they see that increase in their wealth, they do not show pride, instead they prostrate, they bow down to their Rab, praising and thanking Him constantly.

And they continue to spend more and more what they have been gifted. Allah rewards these types of people both in this world and in the hereafter also. They increase their Zakat, Chanda, Lillah (voluntary donations in the pathway of Allah), Muqaddam Fund, Jalsa Salana Fund etc. But beware! People whose wealth is increased without the grace of Allah, by hook and by crook, fraud, in lotteries, in gambling etc. Make sure that Allah has no connection with them and it is very easy to distinguish them also because they are misers and greedy. They do not spend on what they earn licitly. They concentrate more on what is temporal rather than what is eternal and what shall make Allah pleased with them. They do not even seek to please Allah.

This is a subject which has connection with “Inda Rabbihim”. So, Insha-Allah, May Allah continue to bless the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam (the new Jamaat of Allah with His Chosen Messenger) which is found in different parts of the world, in different islands, to preserve all the time this spirit of sacrifice. And those who are deprived of these financial sacrifices, they must bear in mind that they are in fact being deprived of these advantages (spiritual ones) through their own will and besides this they do not do anything.

Therefore, may Allah Almighty widen our heart in such a way that we always keep spending and keep increasing our expenditure for the pleasure of Allah only. Therein is life for the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam and life for the era in which we are living, whereby there are many Deen works which Allah the Almighty has trusted us with. Insha-Allah, Ameen.

A Good News

Moreover, I wanted to share with you all a good news regarding the new post of one of our brothers from Kerala. By the immense grace of Allah, a star of the Divine Manifestation is rising all the more under the gaze of Allah and only for the pleasure of Allah. In this era, the star, after signing with faith and sincerity a Mubahila Challenge along with the Messenger of Allah of the time, this humble self, he has proved that not only he is sincere with Allah and His Messenger but that he can also master the academic world and revolutionise it. Insha-Allah, he shall go from progress to progress when he continues to strive hard for the cause of Allah and of His Khalifatullah of this era and remain ever sincere, simple, joyous, and open-hearted.

All this is a sign of Allah, of His great satisfaction with Mukarram Fazil Jamal Sahib, newfound Assistant Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (at the Centre for International Legal Studies, School of International Studies). And the news of his appointment reached him on a day when he completed two years of Bai'at in the Divine Manifestation, through his acceptance of this humble self as the Khalifatullah of the time. Moreover, in the field of his work and analysis, he wrote an inspiring article which was published in the newspaper “Sikkim Express” on 11 October 2012. Insha-Allah, this article shall be made available on our website for the attention of our readers. May Allah bless him, and the like of him in the Jamaat Ul Sahih Al Islam, who devote night and day for the spread of the Divine Message. May Allah be your Reward. Insha-Allah, Ameen.

The article in Sikkim Express can be read here.