Allah (swt) says in the Holy Quran:
‘And march forth in the way (which leads to) forgiveness from your Lord, and for Paradise as wide as are the Heavens and the earth, prepared for Al-Muttaqun (the pious).
‘Those who spend (benevolently) in ease as well as in straitness and those who restrain (their) anger and pardon men; and Allah loves the doers of good (to others).
In the above mentioned verses Allah (swt) says that the pious people should tread the path which leads to Forgiveness from Allah (swt) and the Paradise. Allah (swt) has forbidden us from running after materialistic success and wealth in this worldly life, at the cost of our life, Hereafter. If we compare our short-lived, worldly life with our life Hereafter, then we may realize that the former is not even a fraction of the latter. Therefore, we should be more concerned about our success and welfare in our life Hereafter, rather than this short-lived, worldly life. In other words, we should make preparations for this worldly life only as much as we may have to live here. Since, our eternal life is ever-lasting so we should focus more on it instead of this one and our main aim in life should be to obtain Allah (swt) Goodwill.
Allah (swt) has also given the good news of Paradise for the pious people.
Verse 3:134 enlightens us about some of the characteristics of the pious people. It states that the pious people are those who spend in the Way of Allah (swt) not just in prosperity but also during adversity. Such righteous people forgive those who wrong them and they control their anger. They do not get enraged because they know that anger is brought on by Satan. It is a trap laid down by Satan. If a person gets caught in this trap then he or she usually ends up doing or saying things which they may regret later on.
In these Quranic verses, charity or donation has been highlighted as a trait of the righteous people, for whom Allah (swt) has specially made Paradise. This means that whatever the righteous people spend in the Way of Allah (swt), whether during good times or bad times, they shall be amply rewarded by their Creator and they shall enter Paradise. All their sacrifice will not go in vain. They shall be amply rewarded for their generosity and compassion which they show in this world by spending in Allah (swt)’s Way, through charity or donation. Since such people show sympathy towards the underprivileged or towards those who get struck by disaster so Allah (swt) shows Mercy towards them. This is evident by the following hadith:
Abdullah ibn Amr reported that Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Those who are merciful will be shown Mercy by the Merciful. Be merciful towards the people of the earth and the One above in the Heaven will have Mercy on you. (Sunan Abyu Dawood-Book of Manners, # 4941, Saheeh)
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