خُذْ مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ صَدَقَةً تُطَهِّرُهُمْ وَتُزَكِّيهِم بِهَا وَصَلِّ عَلَيْهِمْ إِنَّ صَلاَتَكَ سَكَنٌ لَّهُمْ وَاللّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ
Take Sadaqah (alms) from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it, and invoke Allah for them. Verily! Your invocations are a source of security for them, and Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower. (Surat At-Tawbah Verse 103).
Who was the great man who has transmitted to us “Treat your ill with Sadaqah” (Classed as Hasan by Albani). Was it not our prophet, our counsel and our beloved? Have you sought to treat your illness via the medium of Charity? Have you sought Barakah in your wealth via the act of Charity?
Yes, you can achieve this via charitable acts! For indeed, charity is the remedy for every illness. For many a times, you may have given charity but, have you given it with the intention for it to be a foundation of Shifaa’ for the sake of your well-being? Contribute and be reliant upon Allah – Fulfil the hunger of the Faqeer, Sponsor an orphan – Contribute towards an endowment or an ongoing Charity.
Sheikh ‘Uthaymeen says in his tafseer of the aforementioned ayah:
“Verily, Charity is a protection. A protection from diseases and a remedy for every illness. Indeed, Sadaqah lifts diseases (from a person) and turns away calamities and tests”
The righteous predecessors used to give Sadaqah in accordance to the magnitude of the illness and test they faced. They used to give from the dearest of that which they owned.
A man came to ‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak asking him about an illness that had afflicted him in his knees for a period of 7 years. He had tried to treat with various treatments and had sought the advice of a number of doctors yet, there was no benefit! ‘Abdullah Ibn Mubarak said to him “Go forth and dig a well. For indeed, the people are in need of water”. So, the man did this and he was cured from what had ailed him! Allahu Akbar!
Sheikh Mish’al Al-‘Utaibi mentions a story:
“We know of a man that was afflicted with Cancer. He used to travel around the world going from hospital to hospital searching for a cure. He only was met with doctors saying to him “Your condition is terminal! i.e. you are going to die”. So, all the doors in front of him closed instantaneously except, the door of Allah. So, he complained to Allah whilst, repeating
وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ
“And when I am ill, it is He who cures me.” (Surah Ash-Shu’ara Verse 80).
He sought aid in Allah and thus, a man came to him advising him to give Sadaqah. So, he gave Sadaqah amounting to the aid of 30,000 orphans and thus, Allah cured him!.
The sheikh also mentions a story of which the narrator mentions:
“I have a small daughter who was afflicted with an illness on her throat. So, I went with her to many hospitals and showed her to a multitude of doctors. I did not gain anything from them except, bags of medicines and anti-biotics which had run out, yet, my daughters illness remained. So, I experienced a situation that was unbearable. Her mother cried abundantly. And we never complained to anyone except, Allah. Our situation was so bad, we resorted to needles to reduce the pain she was suffering from. The situation resulted in us losing hope in everything if it was not for the Rahma of Allah. Consequently, what followed was hope and the door of relief. A pious man had contacted me and mentioned to me the hadeeth of the prophet SAW – “Treat your ill with Sadaqah”. I replied to him “But, I have donated a lot already!”. He said to me “This time donate with the intention of curing your daughter”. He said “By Allah, I had donated a modest amount to one of the poor but, nothing had changed”. So, I informed my companion and he said to me “You are a man who has been bestowed a bounty and possess a lot of wealth. So, give in accordance to the magnitude of your wealth”. So, I went a second time and filled my car with a plethora of rice and chicken. I distributed it to the needy. Sheikh Mish’al says “Wallahi, I swear by Allah…” the man said – ‘I never expected that the last needle my daughter took before, I gave this Sadaqah would indeed be her last one! She was cured completely bi-hamdillah. Now, my daugher, by the grace of Allah is 3 years old and suffers no outright illness. I have learnt with yaqeen (certainty) that Sadaqah is from the greatest means for Shifaa’. And from that moment, I have given abundantly in Sadaqah in particular, to good endowment projects. Every day, I experience the bounty, blessings and well-being in my wealth and family. By Allah, I encourage every one who has been afflicted with an illness to donate in accordance to their situation. Indeed, Allah will cure him and Allah does not reduce the reward of a good-doer‘.
Brothers and Sisters, the reason why I have posted this is because, InshaAllah, I will be going to Mount Snowdon (Never done anything like this before!!!) with UWT (100% donation policy :) ) and part of the endeavour is raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorships for our brothers and sisters in Syria. They are in need of serious help. More info. could be found in the following website
Please visit my justgiving page and donate generously. I have set the target at £150. AhsanAllahu Iaykum.