Friday, June 3, 2011

Benefits of Generosity

Allah (SWT), the Wise, has said in the Noble Qur'an: 
"Give to your close relatives what they need, and also 
give generously to the destitute and to wayfarers. 
Do not squander your wealth; those who are wasteful 
are the brothers and sisters of Satan and Satan is always 
ungrateful to his Lord. But if, while waiting for the 
Lord's bounty, you are unable to help your relatives, 
the destitute and wayfarers, then at least speak kindly to them.
                                               " Surah Al-Isra (17:26-28)

It is narrated from Imam Musa Kadhim (as) that in Bani Israel 
was a righteous man who had a kind hearted wife.
One night this man dreamt that he was told that 
the Almighty Allah had fixed a particular life span for him. 
Half of it was to be in prosperity and other half in difficulties. 
He had the choice of whichever life he desired first and 
whichever condition he desires to have in the later life. 
The man requested for some time as he wanted to consult 
his wife as he had always sought her counsel in important matters.

Next day he related the dream to his wife who told him to 
ask for a prosperous life first. She said, "And hurry up to obtain it. 
May be Almighty Allah desires to grant us with His bounties." 
The next night when he was asked in his dream he said that 
he wished for prosperity in the earlier part of life. 
He was told that his wish shall be fulfilled.

Thus he began to receive all types of bounties and comforts. 
His wealth and property increased.

Then his wife said, "O slave of Almighty Allah! Now you help 
your relatives and other deprived people. Do good to them. 
Give that particular thing to that neighbour and something to 
that friend of yours."

This man followed the advice of his wife and was not stingy in 
giving his wealth in charity. In this way half the life passed. 
Again he dreamt of the same person and he was saying, 
"You were not stingy in charity, therefore the Almighty Allah had 
decided to grant you prosperity in the later half of your life also."