Benefits of Sadaqah
Some of the greatest benefits of Sadaqah are as under:
i) The Best Investment with Allah SWT
The Almighty Lord says in the Holy Quran:
“Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned.” [Quran, 2: 245]
In the above mentioned Ayah, the Most Gracious regards Sadaqah (Zakah here) as being stored as giving loan to Him, Who will surely multiply the effect of this credit given to Him by many folds.
ii) Resulting In Huge Rewards
Allah SWT says in His Sacred Book:
“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” [Quran, 2: 261]
The reward for spending in the way of the Almighty Lord is so immense that it has been compared to a bowing a seed, which ultimately results in getting hundreds of grains after sometime. It means that one gets unimaginable number of rewards and blessings from the Creator of the universe for one act of Sadaqah.
iii) Attaining Shade On The Day of Resurrection
The Prophet ﷺ said:
“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.”(Tirmidhi)
This Hadith indicates that the Judgment Day which will be a great test of everyone as the Sun on that day will be right above the heads; only a charitable act of an individual will soothe a believer with its shadow protecting it from blazing heat.
iv) Protection from Tragedies
The Messenger ﷺ of God has been narrated to have said:
“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Tirmidhi)
Therefore, a continuous assistance given to the needy results in prevention of any unforeseeable misfortune or suffering that might occur in one`s life.
v) Never-Ending Rewards From Allah SWT
Hazrat Muhammad ﷺ, while talking about the high benefits of giving aid to the poor said:
“When a person dies, his works end except for three: ongoing charity, knowledge that is benefited from, and a righteous child who prays for him.” (Muslim)
The above mentioned Hadith clearly indicates that continuous helping deprived people with financial and other support is such a virtuous deed that a person keeps on reaping benefits from it even after its death.
In short, the act of Sadaqah is not restricted to Zakah only, for that is only a part of it. Sadaqah is actually an ongoing process that includes every action of goodness and uprightness, which ultimately results in attaining the Pleasure of Allah SWT and earning great rewards and blessings from Him.
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