Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Message for Friday - If you want more, give more

قَالَ اللَّهُ يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ أَنْفِقْ أُنْفِقْ عَلَيْكَ

G'd says (in hadeeth qudsi), "Oh son of Adam! Spend, then I will spend on you."

Ramadan is the month where Muslims strive to give more in charity. One of the lessons of Ramadan is that the blessings of G'd are multiplied in countless measure for those who are charitable.

Spending means more than just giving a few dollars. People who cannot give money can give their time and energy, which may be worth even more than money.

The simple lesson that G'd teaches the children of Adam is that those who place their thoughts, time and resources for the benefit of others will receive more of the blessings of G'd than the stingy. These blessings are not just the increasement of tangible wealth. These blessings may include protection from calamities to the bestowal of tranquility to the heart and peace of mind.

Giving charity is an investment of the soul that gives a greater dividend than any stock could ever give on Wall Street.

And surely G'd knows best.

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