In the name of Allah the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. Peace be upon Muhammad Rasulullah.
Have we increased our imaan and 'amal as today is the 12th day in Ramadhan? Hopefully, this Ramadhan will enlighten our lives day by day.
However, it is saddening to see some of us do not appreciate the blessings which are given in this sacred month. Spending excessively during iftaar, buying too much dress and accessories for Aidilfitri, but not paying zakat and not giving help to the poor. Such a loss to them! Don't we realize that while we are enjoying a luxurious life and relishing the exquisiteness of meals, there are some people out there who are less fortunate than us. They might be in starvation, living under the bridges, homeless...and they are OUR BRETHREN !
Dear brothers and sisters;
We were reminded by ALLAH SWT in Surah Al-Imraan:134; "Those who spend generously in the Way of ALLAH, whether they are in prosperity or in adversity, who control their anger and forgive other people, Allah loves such charitable people."
This is the love letter from our God. He asked us to give genenerously in the cause of Him. But what have we done to prove that we are the believers?
"Do you think that you will enter paradise without going through trial? Allah has not yet tested you to see who among you strive hard for His cause and show patience for His sake." - Surah al-Imraan: 142.
If we think that we are in difficulty and are not able to help the less fortunate, I think it is enough for us to know the story of a charitable man named Saidina 'Ali. As we know, he was an intelligent but poor man who married Fatimah Azzahra, Rasulullah's daughter. It was told that one day in Ramadhan, their family have nothing to be eaten during iftaar. So, Saidina Ali went out to get some flour to make breads for iftaar. Nearly at the time of iftaar, there was a poor man came to Saidina Ali's house and begging for food. The poor man said that he was starving for few days. He was really in hunger and wanted some food. At that time, the breads in Saidina Ali's house was just enough for his family and he had nothing else. But for the sake of Allah, he gave the breads to the poor man.
I believe most of us currently are not as poor as him. So, why must us be stingy and arrogant while the truth is we cannot deny that all possessions and the wealth we own is not 100% ours ?? Yet, it is by the grace of Allah!
Therefore I'd like to remind myself and my dear brothers and sisters of a verse in Surah an-Nisa': 40; "Rest assured Allah does not wrong anyone even by an atom's weight. If someone does a good deed He increases it many fold and also gives an extra great reward on His own."