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Meeting Accident: Due to Not Giving Charity?

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Title Meeting Accident: Due to Not Giving Charity?
Question Dear Scholar, Assalamu alaykum I’ve read that Charity takes harm away from the charity giver. Tomorrow If a member of my family meets in an accident and die Is it a test from Allah for my family for not giving enough charity?
Date 10/5/2004
Mufti A Group of Islamic Researchers

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake. May Allah reward you abundantly for your interest in knowing the teachings of your religion, Islam!

As for your question, there are many Qur’anic verses and hadiths exhorting Muslims to give out charity. However, it is not a necessity to believe that a person afflicted with an accident or any misfortune to be due to not giving out enough charity even if charity purifies property and takes harm away from the charity giver. Following are some Qur’anic verses and hadiths exhorting on giving out charity:

Almighty Allah says, “Take alms of their wealth, wherewith thou mayst purify them and mayst make them grow.” (At-Tawbah: 103)

The Almighty also says, “…and my mercy embraceth all things, therefore I shall ordain It for those who ward off (evil) and pay the poor due, and those who believe our revelations.” (Al-A`raf: 156)

Furthermore, At-Tabarani reported a hadith that reads: “He who pays the zakah due on his property, its (the property’s) evil has gone away.” In another hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) says, “Perform prayers, pay zakah, perform Hajj and `Umrah, and be straight so that all your affairs may be straightened.”

In addition, Ibn Majah reported a hadith in which the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “O people! Turn to Allah in repentance before you die; do good deeds before you get preoccupied; and strengthen that which is between you and your Lord by remembering Him most often and giving in charity most often in secret and in public so that you may be given provision, victory and support.”

In another version, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said, “Immunize your property with zakah, cure your ills with charity, and confront the waves of distress with invocation.”

The above hadith indicates that the charity giver who sincerely fears Allah is contained in the care and mercy of Allah. This is inferred from the first verse we mentioned and from the verses in which Almighty Allah says, “…And whosoever keepeth his duty to Allah, Allah will appoint a way out for him, and will provide for him from (a quarter) whence he hath no expectation.” (At-Talaq, 2-3) Therefore, charity purifies property and takes harm away from the charity giver. However, it has nothing to do with unconditional Qadar (Devine predestination). The same applies to Du`a’ (supplication).

Source:islamonline.net

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