Bismillaah (In The Name of Allaah)
A great way to find increase in rizq (sustenance) is to increase your charity and pay the zakat, that Allaah (swt) has made obligatory on all Muslims. Giving zakat (Support of the Needy). This is the third most important pillar in the five pillars of Islam. Zakat means ‘purification’ and ‘growth’. Giving zakat means giving a certain percentage of your earnings to the poor. The percentage of zakat is 2.5% of savings, gold and silver (note this is a percentage on savings and not earnings). As everything belongs to Allah money is given to humans in a trust and we are to help the poor and needy with our own share ourselves. This Zakat works the same as pruning a rose bush the cutting back encourages new growth for the roses and for your finances while purifying the possessions you currently have. Paying zakat is worshipping Allah by paying the amount of charity obligated on the ones who have enough money or possessions saved to help the poor in the community. Paying the required zakat leads to cleansing the heart from the evil of misery. It also fulfills the needs of Islam and Muslims.
“By no means shall you attain to righteousness until you spend (benevolently) out of what you love; and whatever thing you spend, Allah surely knows it.”
Soorah Al-Imran 3:92
The parable of those who spend
of their substance in the way of Allah
is that of a grain of corn:
It grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains.
Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases;
And Allah cares for all and He knows all things.
First of all, the business should be Halal.
There are three opinions amongst the scholars:
1. If a businessman earns a certain amount from his business, whatever he saves after taking care of his family’s needs and his business expenses, he pays Zakat of 2.5 percent on what he has saved.
2. A businessman has to pay Zakah on the commodities in his store. This would require evaluating the purchasing power of the commodity and then paying 2.5 percent on this amount.
3. Everything is from Allah and everything goes back to Allah. The more you give on your commodities, the better, and it does not have to be 2.5 percent.
And Allaah (swt) Knows Best.
Please visit the following links and financially support them, insha Allaah (Allaah willing):
Zakat Foundation is dedicated to alleviating the immediate needs of the poorest communities by providing food, shelter, health care and by delivering relief in emergencies. Zakat Foundation also provides education and training in order to equip people with the skills to help themselves.
Hidaya Foundation implement educational, social welfare, and health care programs in economically depressed areas of South Asia, West Africa and North America, with focus on projects which promote self-employment.
Founded in 1986, MercyUSA is a non-profit relief and development organization. Their projects focus on improving health and promoting economic and educational growth around the world.
Islam Care’s vision is to continually evolve as a world class health and human services organization marked by its characteristics of effectiveness, impact, transparency and inclusion. Islamic Universal Care Inc. is working to become the model Islamically influenced service organization driven by great innovations and successful execution.
Islamic Relief strives to alleviate the suffering, hunger, illiteracy and diseases worldwide without regard to color, race or creed and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. It aims to provide rapid relief in the event of man-made or natural disasters. In addition, it establishes development projects in needy areas to help tackle poverty, illiteracy and disease at a local level.
Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an international NGO working in over forty countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty.
Association of Islamic Charitable Projects
The A.I.C.P. is an organization objectively teaching the authentic knowledge of the Religion as taught by the Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, and preserved and passed on through the trustworthy followers of each era.
Red Cross Red Crescent promotes individual and community humanitarian values which encourage respect for other human beings and a willingness to work together to find solutions to problems. From the seven fundamental principles to the “power of humanity” slogan, the aim is to influence the behaviour of the people we work with.
Approaching Jannah a half date at a time. HalfDate is a Sadaqa (good cause) promotion site.
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