Let’s take a look at this Ayah from Surah Al-Baqara, Verse 268:
الشَّيْطَانُ يَعِدُكُمُ الْفَقْرَ وَيَأْمُرُكُم بِالْفَحْشَاءِ وَاللَّهُ يَعِدُكُم مَّغْفِرَةً مِّنْهُ وَفَضْلًا وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ
“Shaitan threatens you with poverty and enjoins you to be niggardly, and Allah promises you forgiveness from Himself and abundance; and Allah is Ample-giving, Knowing.” (English – Shakir)
Let’s reflect on what Allah is telling us here:
–Do not fear poverty. Fear for poverty comes from Shaytan.
If we look at businessmen, we’ll notice that sometimes they achieve profits, sometimes they experience losses. There is no guarantee for either, but they still strive for rewards even though there are a hundred bumps on their way. But then we see some of them beginning to fear loss, and gradually, they find themselves looking for means to stay afloat – means like indulging in Ribaa (interest), for example – even if it means going against their Master.
That’s how most people think. They fear loss and they fear death – and we all fear death, but Shaytan uses this fear to play tricks on us.
For example, sometimes when someone asks you for food, and you decide to extend your hand, Shaytan will interfere your actions and whisper to you: “But what if you need this money? What if there’s an emergency in your household? What if you run out of your stock of food for the month? What if this, what if that?”
If you find yourself listening to such whispers then simply remind yourself of the hadith that the food for one can suffice for two, two for three, and so on.
When you’re enjoying halal sustenance, Shaytan will come to you and say: “But what if your job goes today? Who’ll earn for you and feed your dependants? What if you face a major loss? Why don’t you take interest and use it? It’s worth all the effort you’ve put in anyway?”
SubhanAllah! If you come across such a trying situation, turn your attention to the ayah from Surah Al-Isra, Verse 30:
إِنَّ رَبَّكَ يَبْسُطُ الرِّزْقَ لِمَن يَشَاءُ وَيَقْدِرُ إِنَّهُ كَانَ بِعِبَادِهِ خَبِيرًا بَصِيرًا
“Surely your Lord makes plentiful the means of subsistence for whom He pleases and He straitens (them); surely He is ever Aware of, Seeing, His servants.”
This is among the ayahs which speak about Allah being the only One who gives Rizq, so fear not the whispers of Shaytan and continue spending in charity.
Sometimes we are broke, and the least we can spare is a penny. That’s also enough! If that’s what you have at the moment, then give it up for Allah.
Give, even if it’s only a penny!
Remember Allah doesn’t look at the quantity but He looks at the quality of our actions, and whatever good we do, we’ll surely be rewarded for it even if it were like the seed of a grain.
فَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيْرًا يَرَهُ
“So he who has done an atom’s weight of good shall see it.”
(Surah Al-Zalzala, Verse 7) (English – Shakir)
إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَظْلِمُ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ وَإِن تَكُ حَسَنَةً يُضَاعِفْهَا وَيُؤْتِ مِن لَّدُنْهُ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا
“Surely Allah does not do injustice to the weight of an atom, and if it is a good deed He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward.”
(Surah An-Nisa, Verse 40) (English – Shakir)
How wonderful has He made our affairs for us!
Even if you spare a penny – and a penny does not amount to much in today’s time – He acknowledges it and multiplies it and has promised to reward you for it!
May Allah write our names amongst those who spend for His sake! Aameen.
Written by: Sr. Amatullah B.M.