بسم الله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله
This is a sign outside our local bakery which reads:
“Found inside, free bread for those unable to buy it”
Inside there is a section where there are bags of bread on the shelves for the poor to take from. No need to ask or beg. This really warmed my heart, may Allaah reward the owner for his deed and make it sincere for His Sake only.
“And the likeness of those who spend their wealth seeking Allaah’s pleasure, while they in their own selves are sure and certain that Allaah will reward them (for their spending in His cause), is the likeness of a garden on a height; heavy rain falls on it and it doubles its yield of harvest. And if it does not receive heavy rain, light rain suffices it. And Allaah is All-Seer of (knows well) what you do” [2:265]
“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allaah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allaah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allaah is sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower” [2:261]
The reward for charity is great and this spending does not decrease the wealth of the giver in any way, rather it increases him as the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth, and Allaah does not increase the servant who forgives, except in respect, and one does not show humility except that Allaah elevates him in the estimation (of people)” [Saheeh Muslim:2588]
How easy it is to forget that there are people that cannot afford even a slice of bread when food is so readily available to so many of us. The bags of bread are around 25p each and there are those that will work all day and cannot even afford that. Aishah رضي الله تعالى عنها narrates:
“The family of Muhammad had never eaten their fill of wheat bread for three successive days since they migrated to Madinah till the death of the Prophet” [Saheeh Al Bukhari: 6454]
The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“By Allaah, I do not fear poverty for you, rather I fear that the world will be presented to you as it was presented to those before you, and that you will compete with one another (for it) as they did, and you will be destroyed as they were” [Sunan Ibn Majah: Saheeh]
How true is the statement of the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم! The Muslims are now rich in wealth but poor in eemaan, their numbers are many but they are weak in the land. The Ummah is in dire need to return to the Deen in order that Allaah fulfils his promise of victory. Allaah will not change the condition of the people until they change what is within themselves.
This picture may seem insignificant when Shaytan and his soldiers are inciting the Muslims to believe that all hope is lost, but to me it says that there is still good in the Ummah. There are still people who are taking actions, from what is legislated, to help the poor and weak amongst our brothers and sisters. I ask that Allaah rewards and increases the owner of this bakery in goodness and that He aids the Muslims. It only takes something small to make a difference. The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
“He who alleviates the suffering of a brother out of the sufferings of the world, Allah would alleviate his suffering from the sufferings of the Day of Resurrection, and he who finds relief for one who is hard-pressed, Allah would make things easy for him in the Hereafter, and he who conceals (the faults) of a Muslim, Allah would conceal his faults in the world and in the Hereafter. Allah is at the back of a servant so long as the servant is at the back of his brother, and he who treads the path in search of knowledge, Allah would make that path easy, leading to Paradise for him and those persons who assemble in the house among the houses of Allah (mosques) and recite the Book of Allah and they learn and teach the Qur’an (among themselves) there would descend upon them tranquility and mercy would cover them and the angels would surround them and Allah mentions them in the presence of those near Him, and he who is slow-paced in doing good deeds, his (high) lineage does not make him go ahead.” [Saheeh Muslim]
May Allaah rectify the affairs of the Muslims and guide them to Tawheed and Ittiba’. May the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Messenger, his companions, wives and all those that follow them in righteousness.