Wednesday 8 July 2020

Reward for those who fear Allah

Spending in the way of Allah sometimes irks humans, even believers. Mostly they are of the view that if they spend in the name of Allah, like giving Zakat, charity, alms or even helping someone who has been unjust to them would drain out their resources and make them poor. But they forget the fact that it is Allah who has given them more than what they deserve and Allah can take back what He has given to them. But alas the greed in man and fear of being poor still restrains him to spend in the name of Allah.

For such poor hearted people, Allah reassures them that if the fear Allah, Allah will open avenues unknown to them and help them to make up for what has been spent in the name of Allah, as promised in the verses 2-3 of Surah 65. At Talaq:

 وَمَنۡ يَّـتَّـقِ اللّٰهَ يَجۡعَلْ لَّهٗ مَخۡرَجًا ۙ‏
وَّيَرۡزُقۡهُ مِنۡ حَيۡثُ لَا يَحۡتَسِبُ​ ؕ وَمَنۡ يَّتَوَكَّلۡ عَلَى اللّٰهِ فَهُوَ حَسۡبُهٗ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ بَالِغُ اَمۡرِهٖ​ ؕ قَدۡ جَعَلَ اللّٰهُ لِكُلِّ شَىۡءٍ قَدۡرًا‏ 
Allah will find a way out for him who fears Allah, and will provide him sustenance from whence he never even imagined. Whoever puts his trust in Allah, He shall suffice him. Surely Allah brings about what He decrees; Allah has set a measure for everything.

Believers thus take heart and should never act miserly when it comes to giving away a part of their wealth or resources in the name of Allah. 

These verses have in fact been meant for those men who divorce their wives and whom Allah asks to be given something more than what is due to them for their settlement. This means a lot to the woman who has been divorced for she needs a shelter to restart her life alone. This may amaze many non Muslims as this verse was revealed at a time when women were treated as a third rate human and were not given anything for their protection once divorced. 
To spend on a woman whom one has already decided to send away because of strained relations will surely be irksome, and if the man is also poor, this expenditure will further pinch him. But a man, who fears Allah, should endure all this gracefully. Allah is not niggardly as the people are. If a person spends his wealth in accordance with His law, He will provide for him in a manner beyond all expectations.
In fact this is the time when anger and our impatience have to be curbed. Our friends and our mates or associates may seem to us ever so weak and unreasonable, and the circumstances may be ever so disheartening; yet we must trust in Allah. How can we measure our own weakness or perhaps blindness? He knows all. His universal Purpose is always good. His Will must be accomplished, and we should wish for its accomplishment. His ordering of the universe observes a due, just, and perfect proportion. 
The West came to realize this many centuries later when rights of women were accepted and were protected legally after divorce. Those who allege that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) wrote the Qur'an should realize that such commandment can come only from Allah as the time when these verses were revealed, the non Muslims considered women worse than their animals and even buried them alive. Islam is a complete code of life and tells men how to constitute a healthy and just society in which all could live peacefully with their dues properly catered for.

For details of these verses and matters related to divorce, please read our earlier post on exegesis of Sürah 65. Al Talaq (Divorce)
May Allah help us understand Qur'an and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. Aameen.

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Reading the Holy Quran should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully.

An effort has been made to gather explanation / exegesis of the surahs of the Holy Qur'an from authentic sources and then present a least possible condensed explanation of the surah. In that:
  • The plain translation has been taken from the Holy Quran officially published by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. [1]
  • The exegesis of the chapters of the Holy Quran is mainly based on the "Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an" by one of the most enlightened scholars of the Muslim World Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi. [2]  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided by [2], additional input has been interjected from following sources: 
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Al-Quran, Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
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