Friday Sermon 17 July 1998
[Those] Who are niggardly and enjoin people to be niggardly and conceal that which Allah has given them of His bounty. And We have prepared for the ungrateful an humiliating punishment. And for those who spend their wealth to be seen by people and believe not in Allah nor the Last Day. And whosoever has Satan as companion has an evil companion! And what would it do them if they had believed in Allah and the Last Day and spent out of what Allah has given them? And Allah knows them full well. ('The Holy Quran'. al-Nisa [The Women]: 38 - 40). The reason I have recited these verses is because this verse mentions a group of people other than those I mentioned in the sermons delivered on financial contributions. These types are in addition to the types of people mentioned previously who fear spending in the cause of God. One type is of those who are stingy and teach others to be stingy and hide what Allah grants them out of His grace. They appear to be believers but Allah the Almighty calls them infidels and says that there is an humiliating punishment destined for them. Niggardly people whose hearts are miserly, sometimes also tends to be tight upon themselves. They cannot generally even spend for themselves. Sometimes when these people spend for the world they do so in order to show off. There are 2 sides to miserliness: One consists of those who are miserly in making promises. Most of those who have attributes of miserliness disappear when it is time to contribute. Thus I have instructed that no contributions should ever be received from such people: Narrated Abdullah bin Umro bin al-Aas (Allah be pleased with him) that I heard the apostle of Allah ﷺ saying 'Beware of miserliness. It is miserliness which destroyed the nations of yore'. (Ibn Hanbal, Abu Abdullah. 'Musnand Ahmad ibn Hanbal'). We are to live and to deliver the message of God to the future generations so it is most important that we avoid miserliness: Narrated Abu Hurairah (Allah be pleased with him) that the Holy Prophet stated 'The example of a miser and a generous person is like that of 2 men dressed in armour up to their breasts but when the generous one spends his suit of iron is a little loosened. But the suit of a miser gets tighter around him.' (Ibid). This is based on a very deep psychological wisdom. Whether it be offerings for the world or for the faith a generous person enjoys making them and is heartened by it: [God] ... loves not those who are niggardly and enjoin other people to be niggardly, and conceal their wealth and tell those who are needy that they have nothing which they can give them. (Ahmad, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam. 'Islami Usool Ki Philosophy' ['The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam']. Matba Siddiqi, 1896. English: 1910, 1979, 2010. 73. 'Ruhani Khazain: x'. 358). Similarly His Holiness the Promised Messiah (peace be on him) has advised praying to be saved from the disease of miserliness. Those who are generous are always modest. A modest person is embarrassed to express their virtue and one who is not is sometimes not even ashamed at committing a foul deed. There are incidents of some of the Companions of His Holiness the Promised Messiah (peace be on him) who spent for the pleasure of Almighty God that are very faith-inspiring. Allah the Almighty then accepted their pious deeds. His Holiness the Promised Messiah (peace be on him) has drawn attention to spending one's wealth by reason of the love of God. Wealth does not come of its own but by the will of God. The Jamat is proceeding ahead speedily in its financial contributions and also the sermons delivered in America drawing attention to financial contributions have borne very pious results. I had not delivered these sermons for money but delivered them so that people may reform themselves and receive recognition in the eyes of Allah. The text http://www.alislam.org/urdu/sermon/FST19980717-UR.pdf © The Tahir Archive / MTA International,, 2016.
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