Give Charity and Receive Barakah



Written by Hanisah Adam

Article was featured in Elegance Mag Online December Issue 2015

We often hear our inner voice nagging “I have not enough money left for this month” “My salary is not enough to cover for my expenses” “I am always busy. I don’t have time for this.. for that” “I need to sleep some more. I am still feeling tired”. Whenever the feeling of “not enough” and having the need for more (money, time, happiness), then understand that, there is no barakah in the money you receive and the time you spent.

Understanding Barakah.

What is Barakah?

Barakah is a term that means “growth” or “increase”. Barakah can be received in the form of wealth, attribute of things, places and physical essence which can increase or decrease depending on the good and bad deeds one does.
A Well-known daee explains it as follows:

“Barakah is the attachment of Divine goodness to a thing, so if it occurs in something little, it increases it. And if it occurs in something much it benefits. And the greatest fruits of Barakah in all things is to use that barakah in the obedience of Allah (Subahanahu Wa Ta’ala)”

There are many good ways that you can attain barakah and it can all be summed up to this very point:

“Give more than you receive”

If you are feeling broke, unhappy or stressed, the quickest way of gaining barakah back in your life is to give charity. Charity cleanses your sins, add good deeds and is a source of barakah.

In a Hadith Qudsi, Allah says: “O son of Adam, spend (in charity), and I’ll spend on you!”

Set aside 5% of what you earn every month for charity and stick to it even if the amount is small. Hold strong to the belief that no one ever gets poor by giving and that Allah’s promises are true.

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Charity does not reduce wealth.” [Muslim, Sahih]  The physical amount outwardly decreases, but the remaining amount attracts barakah so that the actual benefit from it is not less. [al-Nawawi, Sharh Muslim]

Next is a write up I got from the internet about the beauty of charity.

To buy happiness, spend on others.

Money can buy happiness, but only if you spend it on someone else, researchers reported on Thursday (22 Mar 2008).

Spending as little as $5 a day on someone else could significantly boost happiness, the team at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School found.

Their experiments on more than 630 Americans showed they were measurably happier when they spent money on others – even if they thought spending the money on themselves would make them happier.

“We wanted to test our theory that how people spend their money is at least as important as how much money they earn,” said Elizabeth Dunn, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia.

They asked their 600 volunteers first to rate their general happiness, report their annual income and detail their monthly spending including bills, gifts for themselves, gifts for others and donations to charity. “Regardless of how much income each person made, those who spent money on others reported greater happiness, while those who spent more on themselves did not,” Dunn said.

Dunn’s team also surveyed 16 employees at a company in Boston before and after they received an annual profit-sharing bonus of between $3,000 and $8,000. “Employees who devoted more of their bonus to pro-social spending experienced greater happiness after receiving the bonus, and the manner in which they spent that bonus was a more important predictor of their happiness than the size of the bonus itself,” they wrote in their report.

“Finally, participants who were randomly assigned to spend money on others experienced greater happiness than those assigned to spend money on themselves,” they said. They gave their volunteers $5 or $20 and half got instructions on how to spend it. Those who spent the money on someone else reported feeling happier about it.

“The findings suggest that alterations in spending allocations – as little as $5 – may be enough to produce gains in happiness on a given day,” Dunn said. This could also explain why we are not happier even though society is richer. “Indeed, although real incomes have surged dramatically in recent decades, happiness levels have remained largely flat within developed countries across time,” they wrote.

Prophet Muhammad (S) said, “The food of two is enough for three, and the food of three is enough for four.”

Excerpts from here.

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