بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Aya of the Day:
And [also for] those who were settled in al-Madinah and [adopted] the faith before them. They love those who emigrated to them and find not any want in their breasts of what the emigrants were given but give [them] preference over themselves, even though they are in privation. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be the successful. [Surat al-Hashr, 59:9]
Lesson of the Day: Protect yourself from the stinginess of your soul
When the Muslims of Makkah migrated to Madina, they migrated without any of their wealth. This meant that they would be, at least initially, dependent upon the hospitality of the Ansaar. Madina was not a particularly wealthy place and this would significantly affect their resources. Yet the Ansaar were special; they welcomed the emigrants and they loved them for the sake of Allah. Even the poorest among them offered the new emigrants places in their homes and food, even though they needed it themselves. All of this because of their certainty in Allah, and their faith that nothing that you do for God goes to waste, and that this life will end one day, and all we will be left with is the good that we do. These people are those who are saved from the stinginess of their soul, from the part that tells us “but you need the food too! Why should you give them half?”. Those are the people who have truly attained success.
Allah (swt) tells us in another verse: “Never will you attain the good [reward] until you spend [in the way of Allah ] from that which you love. And whatever you spend – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.” [3:92] It is easy to give when giving won’t affect us- but when was the last time we gave away something that we love?
One way to purify ourselves and our wealth is to give frequently, no matter how small. This will inshAllah ensure Allah’s blessings remain, and as the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Wealth is never diminished as a result of charity” [Daylami]