Sheikh Bassam Obeid
Islamic Center of Charlotte, 1700 Progress Ln, Charlotte, NC 28205
“Indeed, those who recite the Book of God and establish prayer and spend [in His cause] out of what We have provided them, secretly and publicly, [can] expect a profit that will never perish.” – Qur’an 35:29
Indeed God is most forgiving and most appreciative of what we do. Sheikh Bassam explored the virtues of spending in the way of God as he discussed many hadith and ayat of the Qur’an which compel the cause of charity. He reminded us that of the seven kinds of people who would be shaded on the Day of Judgment, one of those is the person who spends in charity with so much secrecy that the left hand does not know what the right hand has given.
The virtue of giving in secret is so that a believer can delay any reward in this life for the hereafter. Rewards such as praise from his peers, love from the community or charitable giving deductions for economic benefit. Sheikh Bassam reminds us that God has been merciful and giving of his mercy for every day since the creation of Adam and Eve. Therefore, the spring of mercy and the wealth of God is unlimited.
According to the teachings and life example of the Prophet Muhammad, the demand to spend in charity is on all believers. Not just men! Women and young people as well are compelled as an act of faith to give in charity from the money they have legally gained. In return, God has promised that He will guard over us and that we should give without any fear of poverty because He will replace what we have spent for His cause.
Sheikh Bassam expressed frustration that for two Fridays in a row, in spite of over 800 brothers and sisters attending each Jummuah service that the donations did not even reach $1000 on either Friday. If each person only gave $5, there would be over $4000 per week to improve the facilities and provide better services to the community.
Remember, it is our obligation to one another that we build up the community for the benefit of all so that we can be winners in the eyes of God. Contribute to whatever Masjid you visit and may God bless you richly.