In the Quranic verse 63:9 Allah (swt) says:
‘O you who believed, let not your wealth and your children divert you from remembrance of Allah. And whoever does that then those will be the losers’.
In this verse Allah (swt) says that during this temporary worldly life, a person should not allow his wealth or his children to divert his attention from Allah (swt)’s worship. The love for our children or our wealth should not overshadow our love for Allah (swt) otherwise we may become forgetful of our duties towards our Creator.
This guidance is preceded by the verses related to the hypocrites. This proves that the character of the hypocrites can make them suffer a loss. On the other hand, the character of those who believe in Allah (swt) and the Day of Judgment is such that they will gain Allah (swt)’s Bounties. The believers never swerve from right path and they always fulfill the Commands of Allah (swt).
In the next verse, i.e. 63:10 Allah (swt) says:
‘And spend (in the Way of Allah) from what we have provided you before death approaches one of you and he says, ‘My Lord! If only You would delay me for a brief term so I would give charity and would be amongst the righteous’.
In this verse Allah (swt) has Commanded us to spend in His Way before death approaches us. This proves that there should not be an undue delay in giving charity or in spending in the Way of Allah (swt) by giving a donation in cash or in kind. This is because if we waste our entire lifetime in hoarding wealth then a time will come when we will face the ultimate reality of death and then we will realize our mistake. However, it will be too late by then and regretting about our miserliness, at the time of death, is going to be of no use for us.
This verse teaches us an important lesson that we should not be lax in giving charity or donation for a good cause.
We know that the students need to seriously prepare beforehand, for an exam, in order to obtain a good result. Mugging up one day before the exam does not work out. Likewise, in the exam called life- we should be prepared throughout because the last moment preparations will go in vain.
If we look around and find someone in distress and we feel that we are in a position to help out that person, so we should never hesitate. We are sent into this world by Allah (swt) only once. So we should avail this opportunity by doing as many good deeds as we can, so that we do not have to carry the burden of guilt, towards the end of this life.
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