Alhamdulillah, we find that with
the commencement of Ramadaan, thousands of Muslims begin to contribute
to different noble causes – whether these are specific for
Ramadaan, such as providing Iftaar, Sehri or hampers for the poor,
or whether in respect to the general efforts made to alleviate the
plight of those who are suffering in different parts of the world.
…So monies begin to pour in by way of Zakaah, Sadaqah and
Lillah – Alhamdulillah. May Allah Ta’ala accept the
There is, however, one
shortfall when it comes to the payment of Zakaah, and that
is, that the majority choose to give their Zakaah in the month of
Ramadaan, thinking that they are getting a greater reward giving
in Ramadaan; whereas for many, their Zakaah was sometimes due months
deliberate delay in payment of Zakaah makes the person a faasiq
(an open transgressor). …Even though one is
paying later and that too, in the blessed month of Ramadaan, one
reaches Ramadaan and one enters Ramadaan, as a flagrant sinner.
Allah Ta’ala save us and forgive us.
setback to this pattern and tendency is that we have an overwhelming
amount of Zakaah and charity paid out in the month of Ramadaan.
And since Zakaah is something which needs to be distributed and
discharged as soon as possible, we find that for the next
11 months, many organisations do not have such funds to continue
their assistance to the poor and needy – because of the imbalance
everyone paid his or her Zakaah timeously, when it is due –
whether Muharram, Safar, Rabiul Awwal, Rajab, instead of all being
given out in the month of Ramadaan – then some equilibrium
would be established in the discharge of Zakaah and in the assistance
rendered to the poor and needy for the remaining year.
this payment of Zakaah in its correct time, should not thereafter
make the giver negligent in spending in other avenues at other times.
We should increase our generosity in the month of Ramadaan and also
spend whenever and wherever there may be a call for assistance –
and that spending should be from our wealth. …Because Zakaah
is not our wealth. It does not belong to us, that we can keep and
use as we wish. It rightfully belongs to the poor. It is their wealth.
So we should be giving from our own wealth,
over and above Zakaah.
when giving Zakaah or Sadaqah, then it is very important to keep
in mind, the dignity of the recipient and to give with respect and
people consider that they are doing a favour to the poor and needy
when giving charity, and they do so in a manner which demeans and
debases the poor and needy.
us understand this point: We
are in need of them. The reality is that we are the needy ones,
for if there were no poor, needy and destitute people in the world,
to whom would we give our Zakaah and discharge that due? To whom
would we give our Sadaqaat and draw rewards?
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi waSallam) described the poor
as ‘very rich people’ and
directed us to keep contact with them and spend on them because
on the Day of Judgment they will be told
to lead every such person who favoured them, into Jannah.
Ahaadeeth describe how, in the Hereafter, the poor will be the ones
who will come to the assistance of those who did them a good turn
in the worldly life. The poor will thus become the means
of najaat (salvation) for many who may have been very wealthy
in this worldly life. They may even be the ones who will hold our
hands and take us with them into Jannah.
we need to be conscious and mindful of the dignity and self-respect
of the poor. They too have a right to respect.
Allah Ta’ala grant us this understanding, grant us the Taufeeq
to practice accordingly, grant us sincerity in our spending and
accept our Zakaah, Sadaqaat and other humble efforts to please Him.