"Prosperity In This World And In The Hereafter"
Allah SWT has created and determined human livelihood and sustenance to be different one from another.
Payment of zakat is one of the pillars of Islam. Through this decree, it is clear that the teachings of Islam are concerned with the rights and welfare of the disadvantaged.
At the same time, it educates and controls the souls of those who are well-off from being engrossed with arrogance, pride and selfishness.
The practice of infaq, or disbursement, is not necessarily restricted to aspects of property, but it is widespread and may include other things that make the Muslim community a community of givers, rather than a community of beggars.
This command and advice is enshrined in Surah al-Baqarah, verse 254, which was read at the beginning of this sermon, and has the following meaning: “O, you who have believed, spend from that which We have provided for you before there comes a Day in which there is no exchange and no friendship and no intercession. And the disbelievers - they are the wrongdoers.”
The practices of zakat, infaq, and charitable contributions are also closely related to the faith of a Muslim. That is, a Muslim individual must believe that Allah SWT has given the assurance that for those who have contributed their wealth for the sake of Allah SWT, they shall soon receive something better as replacement.
This is based on the declaration of Allah SWT in Surah Saba ', verse 39:“Say, "Indeed, my Lord extends provision for whom He wills of His servants and restricts [it] for him. But whatever thing you spend [in His cause] - He will compensate it; and He is the best of providers."
Islam does not require infaq to be performed only by the wealthy. It is even open to those who are not wealthy and even to those who are poor.
What is judged by Allah SWT is the wealth of the soul of His servants. Companions of Rasulullah SAW and the Salafussalih, namely the three (3) early generations of Muslims, have shown superior examples in performing the practices of waqaf and infaq.
For example, the account of Saidina Abu Bakar RA who disbursed all of his wealth “in the cause of Allah”, or Fisabilillah. When asked of what he left for his family members after such a huge disbursement, he replied confidently, “I left them to Allah SWT and His Messenger”. This is an answer that is full of conviction for Allah SWT and the love of Rasulullah SWT.
The act of giving to charity and infaq should be taught to our children from very early in their childhood. Waqaf and infaq are sometimes used to promote the selling of a product or business.
Ending the sermon on this blessed day, the khatib would like to conclude as follows:
First: Islam stipulates that zakat, infaq, donations, and charity as overt acts of taking care of the disadvantaged.
Second: Every Muslim must believe in Allah SWT’s promise that He will replace the sacrifice of His servant with something better.
Third: The culture of giving charity and disbursements of wealth is to be sown and inculcated within the younger generation from very early in their childhood.
Let us observe what has been declared by Allah SWT in Surah Ali 'Imran, verses 133 and 134: “And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as ڤ ڤ wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous. Who spend [in the cause of Allah] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people - and Allah loves the doers of good;”