In the Quranic verse 36:47 Allah (swt) says:
‘And when it is said to them, ‘Spend from that which Allah has provided for you’, those who disbelieve say to those who believe, ‘should we feed one whom if Allah had willed, He would have fed? You are not but in clear error’.
This verse says that when the disbelievers are told to spend in charity from their wealth, they out rightly refuse by making a baseless claim that if Allah (swt) had Willed then He would not have made anyone poor. They therefore refuse to act against the Will of Allah (swt). The disbelievers also taunt the Muslims that they are on the wrong path and they should not ask others to help the needy when it is Allah (swt) Himself who has made them poor.
The argument of the disbelievers that the state of poverty and misery of some people is because of Allah (swt)’s Will is right, however, it is morally wrong on the part of the disbelievers to make this excuse in a cunning way in order to escape the Law of Allah (swt)’s of spending in His Way. The disbelievers had conveniently forgotten the fact that it was Allah (swt) Himself who had ordered the prosperous people to help those in need.
The Will of Allah (swt) lies in the fact that those who are in distress should be given a helping hand by those who have been bestowed with wealth. So the disbelievers have proved to be obstinate people with a wicked philosophies and warped thinking. By reacting in this way on being asked by the Muslims to help the poor, they have displayed their immorality and inhuman nature.
The true followers of Islam should abstain from this kind of thinking in order to protect their life Hereafter. Leaving someone is distress and being apathetic towards them is surely not the sign of Faith. We should make it a point to spend in the Way of Allah (swt). We are often asked for a donation for some noble cause such as building of a mosque, providing relief to those who are stuck in a crisis, for teaching poor children, for orphan care etc
We should not consider a donation to be wastage of money because charity is a great investment for one’s worldly life and the life Hereafter. If we do not think twice before spending for our own needs, whether simple or lavish, likewise we should not hesitate to spend for the poor and deprived also, because they have a share in our wealth, according to the Law of Allah (swt). We should, therefore, make it an effort to detach ourselves from the lust of wealth because of the fleeting nature of this worldly life.