Sayyidina Abu Hurairah (r.a.) has reported that Rasulullah صلى الله عليه و سلم said : “Charity does not in any way decrease wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” (Muslim Shareef)
Sayyidina Abu Dharr (R.A):
“Some people from amongst the Companions رضي الله عنهم said to Rasūlullah صلى الله عليه و سلم , ‘O Rasūlullah, the affluent have made off with the rewards; they pray as we pray, they fast as we fast, and they give [much] in charity by virtue of their wealth.’
Rasūlullah صلى الله عليه و سلم said, ‘Has not Allah made things for you to give in charity? Truly, every Tasbeeh [saying SubhānAllah] is a charity, every Takbeer [saying Allahu-Akbar] is a charity, every Tahmeed [saying Alhamdulillah] is a charity, and every Tahleel [saying la Ilāha Illallāh] is a charity.
And commanding the good is a charity, and forbidding an evil is a charity, and in the intimate act of each one of you there is a charity.’ They said, ‘O Rasūlullah صلى الله عليه و سلم, when one of us fulfills his sexual desire, will he have some reward for that?’
Rasūlullah صلى الله عليه و سلم said: ‘Do you not see that if he were to act upon it [his desire] in an unlawful manner, then he would be deserving of punishment? Likewise, if he were to act upon it in a lawful manner, then he will be deserving of a reward.” (Muslim Shareef)
- This Hadith draws our attention to how the Sahabah رضي الله عنهم sought to compete with one another for the hereafter and in seeking the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.
- The level of concern for the Akhirah the Sahabah رضي الله عنهم had to constantly seek opportunities to carry out good deeds is evident in this Hadith.
- Although there is nothing wrong with wanting to be wealthy with the intention that we may give in charity and gain rewards from Allah Ta’ala, Rasūlullah صلى الله عليه و سلم directs our attention to how Allah Ta’ala has provided many other ways a believer can give in charity regardless of one’s situation in life.
- Remembering Allah Ta’ala, benefitting others and performing righteous are all considered charity.
- Our primary concern in life should be seeking the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala in as many ways as possible