A Promise is a Promise

Can you take yourself hundreds of years back? To the days when Islam and the call to Allah by the prophet Mohammed (pbuh) was still in its infancy. The prophet started with those near and dear to him. One of the first to accept without hesitation was AbuBakr (may Allah be pleased with him (ra)). He was called As-Sideeq (the most truthful). He was such a blessing on the Muslims. AbuBakr was the cause for great companions to have accepted Islam, many of which were promised paradise.  

During those early days,  Abu-Bakr (ra) spent  his wealth to free the slaves who were tortured by their masters as a consequence of accepting  Islam.  AbuBakr’s father noticed something else about these slaves. Abu-Quhafah said to his son: “O son I see you setting these weak ones free; why not free someone strong who can support you and protect you. Would that not be better? AbuBakr’s (ra) reply was simple, “O father, I do this only for the sake of Allah”.    

And Allah revealed the following verses:

فَأَمَّا مَنۡ أَعۡطَىٰ وَٱتَّقَىٰ . وَصَدَّقَ بِٱلۡحُسۡنَىٰ . فَسَنُيَسِّرُهُ ۥ لِلۡيُسۡرَىٰ . وَأَمَّا مَنۢ بَخِلَ وَٱسۡتَغۡنَىٰ . وَكَذَّبَ بِٱلۡحُسۡنَىٰ . فَسَنُيَسِّرُهُ ۥ لِلۡعُسۡرَىٰ . وَمَا يُغۡنِى عَنۡهُ مَالُهُ ۥۤ إِذَا تَرَدَّىٰٓ

{So he who gives (in charity) and fears (Allah), And (in all sincerity) testifies to the Best,  We will indeed make smooth for him the path to Bliss. and he who is a greedy miser and thinks himself self-sufficient and lies. We will indeed make smooth for him the Path to Misery; nor will his wealth profit him when he falls headlong (into the Pit).} Surah Al-Layl (92: 5-11)

Did you notice the promise?

Give in charity, safeguard yourself against displeasing Allah by good deeds and testify to the truth and Allah will smooth your path and make your affairs easy.

Subhanallah, when in difficult times give in charity. Our local Imam said the same thing during a Friday prayer khutbah (speech) and we were so moved by the many stories and examples he gave us. Indeed in the book of Allah and his Prophet’s sunnah there is the guidance to our lives.

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P.S. Remember, charity isn’t only by money. You can give your time, a good sincere word, dua for another person, a helping hand, plant a tree, smile. So what are you going to do to ease your path?


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