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There is no doubt that the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – has certainly explained the immense structure and status of giving charity. There is no doubt that Zakaah holds a very important position in Islam. It is obligatory upon a Muslim who can afford once every year.
Even after this, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – had continued to encourage the Muslims to give other charities as well. He has also explained the several benefits and excellences of this. He has also mentioned that when everyone will be worried about their own affairs on the Day of Judgement, at that time also, it would be the charity of a person that would be able to help and protect him. In other words, the person would be under the shade of his charity.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Uqbah bin Aamir – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – has stated that, “Every person would be under the shade of his charity on the Day of Judgement until the decision is made on each person.”
(Musnad Imam Ahmed, ibn Hibban, Imam Haakim)
In another Hadith Shareef, the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – had also mentioned that one of the surest ways of protecting oneself from the Divine Wrath and Anger of the Allah Almighty is through charity and almsgiving.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Aanas bin Maalik – may Allah be pleased with him – narrates that the Holy Prophet – may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – has stated that, “Sadqah and charity lowers the Divine Wrath and Anger of Allah Almighty and also (protects one) from a bad death.” (Sunan Tirmid, Ibn Habban)
The following is an eye opener in this regard:
It is reported that once the Governor of Egypt called a person named ibn Furaat. He then said to ibn Furaat, “I curse you. I do not have a very good opinion about you and that is the reason that I am always looking for a moment to have you killed. I also intend to capture all your property. However, when I see you in a dream, I see that you protect yourself all the time with a piece of bread. I have seen this dream on many occasions. I have the intention in the dream to kill, but always you save yourself through a piece of bread. In fact, in the dream, I also saw that I have sent an entire army against you but you are able to stop the entire army with a mere piece of bread. None of the attacks against you seem to succeed. Please tell me what the story with this piece of bread is.”
Ibn Furaat explained, “When I was a child, my mother used to place a piece of bread under my pillow and when morning arrived, she used to give this away as charity on my behalf. This continued during her lifetime. However, when she passed away, I continued to do this and have continued to do this during my life time.”
When Ibn Furaat heard this explanation, he replied, “I swear by Allah Almighty that from now on, I will never try to cause any harm to you.” He also mentioned, “You have cleared any misconception in my mind about you.”
(Al Farj ba’das Shiddat, Al Haazimi)