Giving charity benefits the Muslim:
Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Among the deeds whose reward will reach the believer after his death are: knowledge which he taught and spread, a righteous child whom he left behind, a copy of the Qur’an which he leaves behind for others to read, or a Mosque that he built, a house that he built for the passing traveller, a canal that he dug, or charity that he gave during his lifetime when he was in good health. These deeds will reach him after his death.” (Ibn Majah, no. 242, authenticated by Shaikh al-Albaanee)
A man asked the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him): “Which charity brings the greatest reward?” He replied: “That you give in charity when you are healthy, feeling miserly, whilst you fear poverty and are in hope of becoming rich. So do not delay until you are at the point of death and then you say: “Give this to so-and-so and give that to so-and-so,” when at that point [your wealth and property] already belongs to so-and-so!” (Al-Bukhaaree, no. 1419)
Small Amounts Help Immensely
If you are not wealthy, then praise is due to Allah, even small amounts of charity aid the believer.Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Save yourselves from the Hell, even with half a date.” (Al-Bukhari, no. 1417) Even an amount as small as £5 per month would be written for the sincere believer as a tremendous good deed, benefitting him until the next life.
Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, has stated: “Spend from what we have provided you before death approaches one of you and he says, “My Lord if only you would delay me for a brief term so I would give charity and be among the righteous.” Qur’an 63:10
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Reminder: The Prophet and his Generosity:
Ibn al-Qayyim stated in Zaadul Ma’aad regarding our Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) that he was the most generous of people in giving in charity, and that he did not think anything too valuable or anything too insignificant to give in charity. Rather if anyone was to ask for something then he (peace and blessings be upon him) would give it to them. Whether it was little or whether it was great. His happiness and his joy in giving were greater than the joy of the one who was receiving that charity from him. This, my brothers and sisters, shows the tremendous Eemaan (faith) that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) had. This is because he hoped in the reward from Allah (the Most High), and he took enjoyment in helping others and giving in Sadaqah (charity).
Ibnul Qayyim also mentioned: And when a person in need submitted his case to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him), he would give preference to the needs of the one who was asking over and above his own needs. On occasions, this was even from the food that he himself needed, and sometimes from the clothes which he himself was wearing (peace and blessings be upon him).
Anyone who was associated with the Messenger of All?h (peace and blessings be upon him) could not help but also be kind and generous. This is because the character of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) was from his excellent noble manners which would also rub-off on to others. So his companions could not help but also be kind and generous. For this reason, he (peace and blessings be upon him) was the most open-hearted of people. He was the finest soul from amongst all of mankind because the giving of charity and performance of righteous deeds has an amazing ability to open up the hearts.
And likewise, our brothers and sisters were you to look at the Sahaabah then there was no one more open-hearted than them, no one more righteous, no one more pious, no one more God-fearing than the Sahaabah. So give something today! Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Let not any of you belittle or look down upon a good deed, even if it be that you smile in the face of your brother.” (Muslim)
Then the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “So do not delay until you are at the point of death and then you say: “Give this to so-and-so and give that to so-and-so,” when at that point [your wealth and property] already belongs to so-and-so!” (Al-Bukhaaree, no. 1419)
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “When at that point [your wealth and property] already belongs to others.” That he makes these statements when he knows that the money already belongs to somebody else, what is he going to do with it now that he is about to die and the soul is about to leave his body?! And now he says: Well this is my wealth! Rather it is no longer his wealth but it is theirs anyway! Because you are about to die, and now you decide to be charitable, at the time of death! The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Do not wait up until the soul is about to depart from the body,” meaning: you are in the throes of death and then you decide that you are going to give in charity!
Rather, the best charity is given when you are healthy and you are feeling niggardly and you fear poverty for yourself and hope for riches.
Allah (the Most High) mentioned in the Qur’an:
“And proceed forth in the way which leads to forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth, prepared for the pious. Those who give charity in times of prosperity and in adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon men. Verily, Allah loves the doers of good.” [Surah Aali-‘Imraan 3:133]