A Gift of Sacrifice and Charity

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by Binth Niwas

The “Saving for Others” Till

Do you remember having tills in the good old days? Maybe some of you still have them. I especially remember one kind of till used by my family. It was labelled: “Saving for Others.” The money that went into this till was special: it came from sacrifices— small but beautiful sacrifices.

My father had given the instructions. When we felt like buying a snack that was tempting but not really necessary, when we wanted that interesting pen that was the all the rage but that we didn’t actually need, or when we desired to buy a toy or flower that was really attractive but not something that we couldn’t live without, we were asked to willingly sacrifice them for Allah’s sake, putting that amount of money into the till.

The Lesson of Simplicity

You see it was all about cutting out the extravagance and learning to live on what we actually needed and not giving in to all our wants and desires. We were also being trained to realize that others needed us and that we had to be there for them. As Allah (swt) says in the glorious Quran [2: 219] . . . And they ask you what they should spend. Say, “The excess [beyond needs].” Thus Allah makes clear to you the verses [of revelation] that you might give thought.

Instilling this quality in tender ages of your children is essential. It’s so easy to help them build a mentality of helping others. It makes them grow with the thought that there is a world out there that actually needs their care.

The Reward

I also remember that sometimes our parents would reward us for our little sacrifices, with something better than what we’d given up. That was an outpouring of their love. But the focus was not the reward from parents but rather from our creator. As our lord says in His holy verses, Chapter 2, Surah Baqarah, verse 261: The charity of those who expend their wealth in the Way of Allah may be likened to a grain of corn, which produces seven ears and each ear yields a hundred grains. Likewise Allah develops manifold the charity of anyone He pleases, for He is All-Embracing, All-Wise.
Whose love and mercy could be more profound than our Master’s? Subahana Allah.

Inspiring Childhood and the Gift

Now I can recall the packet of chocolate biscuits that my brother sacrificed or the packet of tip tip (a kind of  snack) I avoided buying on our way home from the shop where we’d run an errand for mother. We were little children then, but our hearts filled with contentment and achievement in these little deeds. Beautiful was the feeling when we opened up the till and gave the whole sum of money for a worthy cause. May Allah (swt) endlessly bless my parents, who made possible for us a wonderful and inspiring childhood.

O Believers, spend of the wealth We have bestowed upon you (in Allah’s way), before the Day comes when there shall be no buying and no selling; when neither friendship nor intercession will be of any avail. [Quran, 2:254]

May Allah accept our deeds and remove the wrong intentions from them. Ameen

 

10 Comments

  1. Shiraz November 20, 2013 Reply

    BEAUTIFULL, INSPIRING AND MOTIVATIONAL, THANKS SISTER FOR SHARING SUCH A BEAUTIFULL ARTICLE, LOOKING FORWARD FOR YOUR FUTURE ARTILES.

  2. Anar November 20, 2013 Reply

    Very good article.

  3. Sofia Minhas November 20, 2013 Reply

    May الله سبحان و تعالى bless your parents, and you too.
    آمين

  4. Musarrat Parkar November 21, 2013 Reply

    Subhan Allah I am so inspired by the idea and can imagine the satisfaction acheived each time you put money in the till. May Allah grant jannat to ur parents.

  5. Razeena.J November 21, 2013 Reply

    Rahimallah walidaik.

  6. Sadia Imran November 21, 2013 Reply

    MA SHA ALLAH GOOD PARENTS RAISEUP GOOD CHILDREN WHO ARE BENEFICIEL FOR OTHERS.
    JAZAK ALLAH SR. A VERY GOOD ADVISE AND REMINDER FOR ALL OF US…..

  7. Tanko mayo November 21, 2013 Reply

    Jazakallahu khairan, may Allah(SWT) reward you for writing and remainiding us, ameen thumma ameen.

  8. fathima zahan November 23, 2013 Reply

    Maashaa Allah, what an excellent way of bringing up children!!! Inshaa Allah, i will put this into the heads and minds of my to be married sons and alhamdulillah i know for sure they will implement it. jazakallah khair for sharing.

  9. Sultana Mukhtar Khan November 26, 2013 Reply

    Masha Allah! a beautiful way to instill the benefits of giving charity in the minds of young children. Jazakallah for sharing..

  10. Napoleon Poole November 29, 2013 Reply

    83. And remember We took a covenant from the Children of Israel (to this effect): Worship none but Allah. treat with kindness your parents and kindred, and orphans and those in need; speak fair to the people; be steadfast in prayer; and practise regular charity. Then did ye turn back, except a few among you, and ye backslide (even now).

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