Diapers are so expensive!
The bills are so high!
But did you know that you can turn everyday family expenses into treasure chests of rewards? Next time you pay the rent, go out on the weekly grocery run, or pay the childrens’ sports activities, intend to do so for the sake of Allah ‘azza wa jall as an act of charity, and Allah will count these expenditures as sadaqah, inshaa’Allah!
Abu Mas’ud al-Badri [رضى الله عنه] narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: Without a doubt, when a Muslim spends money on his family while considering (the action as worship), it is an act of charity.[Ahmad, Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) also said: A Dinar (a currency) that you spend on your family, a Dinar that you spend on a poor person and a Dinar that you spend in the sake of Allah. The one that carries the most reward is the one that you spend on your family. [Muslim]
- The next time you pay a household bill or shop for groceries, intend or consider in your heart that this spending is a sadaqah.
- Keep reminding yourself to rectify your intention while dealing with family expenses, making it an act of worship.
- Teach others the importance of renewing intentions while spending on the family!