Charity and Aayat 2.267 and 2.268
Charity and Aayat 2:267 and 2:268
These Aayat 2:267–268 are bent on removing hidden ills of man and squashing his miserliness of heart and making him cheery towards life through his giving of Charity and then that with confidence that what he gives is going to increase his fortune. These Aayat are preparing him to stand against the inducements from Shaitan – the force in the shape of Iblis, the perpetual enemy of man who lures him towards misgivings and doubts about the goodness of the act he was doing and induces him to rather take to miserliness than give in charity. And the Shaitan says it was a wasteful profession what man was doing of giving charity.
But God says, ‘O faithful! Spend in the way of God, help the poor and the destitute from what you earn with confidence that its reward will be given in the hereafter. And in this God also arouses belief in the donor of charity that there is a hereafter and the deal of the charity is between him and God Who is all listening and seeing all minute bits of good done by man in His world He created. And He knows every bit of everything of His creation.
These are great Aayat, so reformative in character that one year sermon by the Bishop in the Church of great following and ten Majalis delivered by the Aayetullah from the Menmber and ten years of sermon of Katha and anecdotes by the Pandit – the Guru in the Mandar of great devotees, and life style reviews and planning done by parliaments in the equal distribution of wealth and facilities, will not match it’s greatness. Covering its precepts and guidelines aside, they will not touch its fringes and these Aayat are everyone’s property. And though it addresses the believers – those who are faithful to the precepts of Islam and believe in the Oneness of God, but its generality does not exclude the non-believer to the Oneness of God, trapped by the exuberating adoration of a God’s servant. Only God seems angry with the nonbeliever in the class of the atheist and Gnostic, those showing every independency from God. He does not consider them worth addressing, because they do not believe in the existence of God and the Aayat startle the reader that the Aayet considers the address to them is futile.
If the Quran reader will read these Aayat with his heart receptive and mind’s eye and eyes with cornea open and assimilate what there is in each Aayet, he will rise a Hatim Tai – died 578 and known for his generosity, with difference between him and the Hatim Tai that there will be a light going in front of him making others be aware that the person dispensed charity in his life and shared in his wealth and fortune what God gave to him.
These Aayat make the man large hearted and suppress his conceit and his false ego and make him more humane and contended with him. And man assured of; the goodness he is doing is not going waste. Though not in publicity and renowned but recorded elsewhere on the planks of light, who’s lush of brilliance was never to fade, and whose manifests declare the inner contents of the donor through the lines and the contours on the face of the donor.
These Aayat tell the man to note the difference between the stature of man and the heights of God. A thing which is impure, which has even a linkage of coming from an impious source of earning, then be aware do not even think of giving from it to God. But the same thing if someone offers you; you show reluctance to accept it while accepting it! That speaks of the difference between the veracity of man and God. That is, God is the absolute virtue and man is of limited virtue and there is no comparison between man and God. And God though He shares in the feelings of enviousness, anger, pleasing and that though what man feels He feels, but in purity and absoluteness of virtue there is no comparison man can claim vis-a-vis God.
And in these Aayat God beckons man to give from his earnings and from what the earth yields out for him, and it is not a favour from him that he gives in charity. It is imperative on him and that takes the load off his chest and saves him bother his little head whether to give or not. He just has to give! And the Aayat convey in absolute terms that it is the word of God. The language is so simple and sentences coming from the mature, mature source and with the definite defining in them. The Aayat read:
Aayet 2.267: O faithful, from your legitimate earnings and from those things I have produced from the earth, spend (in the way of God) and do not even think of giving (in the way of God) from the ill gotten, though if someone wants to give you from it, then you (out of your willing desire) do not become a recipient, except that you show some reservation in accepting it, and know that God is free of need (and) is deserving of being eulogised.
Aayet 2.268: Shaitan instils fear in you from hardship and induces you to do the bad thing (miserliness) and God promises you of His awards, His benevolences, and God is of immense means and the Knower of all things.
In a charity appeal by the BBC’s children in need TV shows, November 19, 2010, in seven hour telethon by the end of the show at 0200GMT, the celebrities had contributed £18, 098,199. The organisers hoped it will be more than £39m once all donations were in, and God cannot be displeased over the performance of England. There was no enumeration as to which celebrity gave what and God says in Aayet 2.271:
If you give charity in open (making it known and publicised) this mode is acceptably good and if you give the charity in secrecy (without publicity) this act is much better and it (giving charity/alms) atones for many of your sins and God is well aware of your doings.
Wassalam (And peace may reach you).
Sayed Athar Husain
Afkar-e Shia (Shia Thought)