BY ISHOLA BALOGUN
Fasting for a couple of days might be all it takes to understand the suffering of those who go without food in their own way of life. Understanding the plight of the poor is one part of what Ramadan is meant to achieve. We are therefore reminded severally both in the Qur’an and hadith that giving food to fasting Muslim is a great deed in the month.
Some of the penance for kafarah; and remedies for the aged who cannot fast or the terminally ill person who cannot fast is to feed the poor. That shows how much Allah values putting food at the table of the poor. Abundant rewards awaits anyone who feeds a fasting Muslim for sahur or iftar just as there are devine benefits for those who share their wealth with others during the month or after.
How much better it would be if we could let others see the beauty of the message of Islam by the way of giving. We should not allow this special month to go without a good account of what we have added in somebody’s life. We need to be asking ourselves all the time especially how we are going to benefit maximally from the holy month.
What are we going to do to make the most of Ramadan? Surely, it is a profitable venture in which there is no risk, but fat rewards. There are rewards in this life and the hereafter for giving charity at any moment. This is also not talking about the personal satisfaction one will derive from such act. The receivers of your charity will also connect with you spiritually and both parties will be happy.
It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer’s sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Hell Fire, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all.”
It is not too late to step up the act in this month of generosity and kindness. The Messenger of Allah said, ‘Charity reduces nothing from one’s wealth.’ He also said, ‘Protect yourselves against Hell even if it be with a slice of a date.”
Allah says, “And they give (others) preference over themselves, even though they were in need of that. And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, such are they who will be successful.” (Al-Hashr: 9).
We can bring light and hope into the lives of many people who have none. Islam is the natural religion that considers all social class. Many in the world know nothing about Islam, except for the images of violence by those elements who do not show traits of believers.
By way of giving, we can change that misconception. By our giving for Allah’s sake, we can teach the world how beautiful Islam really is. Maybe our giving could also help us to be better Muslims.