THE UPPER HAND!

 

By Mira El-Deeb

Since we are in the blessed month of Ramadhan and Allah (i.e. God), The Exalted, has promised the hardworkers in this month to multiply the rewards of their good deeds, Muslims are challenged by this overwhelming opportunity and are striving to do as much good as they can. Therefore, it would be important to highlight the virtues of one of the hot topics of this month: ‘The Charity’.. as well as some of the Islamic Etiquettes and Manners of giving a charity.

Islam encourages the Muslim to spend from his money for Allah’s Sake whenever he is capable of doing so, and it stresses on the great virtues of giving a charity. The prophet (PBUH) said, ‘The Upper Hand is better than the Lower Hand. The upper hand is the one that gives, and the lower hand is the one that takes’. Allah SWT said in the Holy Book, ‘The likeness of those who spend their money for Allah’s sake, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn), it grows seven ears, every single ear has a hundred grains, and Allah multiplies (increases the reward) for whom He wills, and Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures needs, All Knower’ (2: 261). And He SWT said, ‘Whoever works righteousness, whether a male or a female, while he (or she) is a true believer, verily to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do.’ (16: 97)

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