Spending in the way of Allah
Spending in the way of our Creator is another way to increase our wealth. Muslims do this in three primary ways, two of which are obligatory with certain conditions and the other is voluntary.
The two obligatory are zakat, this is given yearly for certain types of livestock, agricultural produce, money and business items) and zakat al-fitr. This is to give to the poor and needy at the end of Ramadan as an expiation for any sins committed while fasting.
The third type of charity is voluntary and is known as sadaqah, this is encouraged at all times and places. All these three types of charities are seen as ‘Spending in the way of Allah’ and these charities can vary from giving money to the poor, helping to build a masjid to supporting the welfare of orphans, widows or students of knowledge. The point is that one should spend of his wealth on causes that are pleasing to Allah (SWT).
One of the proofs that spending in the way of Allah is a direct cause of being blessed with more wealth is in this verse of the Quran that follows:
Allah says in the Quran: “Say: Truly, my Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills of His slaves, and also restricts it for him, and whatever you spend of anything (in Allahs cause), He will replace it. And He is the best of providers.”
Surah Saba’ 39
Ibn Kathir commented on this verse saying that this meant that “No matter how much you spend on matters that He has made obligatory upon you and on matters that are permissible, Allah will replace it for you in this world with a substitute (meaning more wealth) and in the Hereafter with rewards, as has been explained in the sunnah.”
Tafsir Ibn Kathir (3/595).
Therefore, this verse shows that whoever spends in the way of Allah has qualified to be of those whose money will be substituted for other money in this world and those who do not spend in the way of Allah have not qualified for this blessing, hence their money will surly continually decrease.
And Allah knows best.
From “15 ways of increasing your earnings. From the Quran and Sunnah” by Abu Ammar Yasir Qadhi. Publishing and distribution by Al-Hidayah.