Giving charity and donating are qualities, which Gracious Almighty Allah loves for Muslims to have. He is the most Generous and Benevolent of all; especially His Generosity multiplies in Ramadan. In the same way, the Prophet’s kindness also increases in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak and definitely he is the character whose persona entails all the qualities mankind strives and vies for.
The blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, when Islamic followers worldwide fast in daylight hours and withhold themselves from other desires, furthermore is the month when Muslims donate to charity work, and contributions for the less privileged. A Unique door of Heaven that Gracious Almighty Allah has unlocked to His slaves to advance big recompenses in the month of Ramadan is through giving charity. Islam always recommends its followers to donate plenty of charities, mainly in the holy month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak.
Amount of Sadaqah-e-Fitar
1.920 Kilograms of wheat or its flour or the money equivalent to the value of this much wheat is the amount of one Sadaqah-e-Fitar. (1)
The main reason why, the noble prophet of Gracious Almighty Allah gave an example to be swift in donating Alms in the blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, is because the benefits and recompenses of donating Alms in this particular month is far better than the other months.
Sadaqah-e-Fitar is Kaffarah for useless speech
Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Abbas رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَنْهُ has stated, ‘The Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم declared Sadaqah-e-Fitar Wajib so that it would cleanse (our) fasts from useless and immoral speech and that it would provide the poor with food.’ (2)
The Creator of the entire Universe, Gracious Almighty Allah the Worshiped and Respected highly praises those who donate their money in charity and giving Alms. He promises ample of virtues and wonderful recompenses for them. There are many signs that express about the good luck, virtue, and decent position of the charity donors.
Intercessor of the Muslim Ummah صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated: Whoever is made wealthy by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and does not pay the Zakah of his wealth, then on the Day of Resurrection his wealth will be made like a baldheaded snake with two black spots on his head. The snake will then wrap itself around his neck and bite his cheeks and say, ‘I am your wealth, I am your treasure.’(3)
Some of the advantages of giving Alms in the blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak are that during this month, people can easily perform good deeds, including donating Alms. The reason behindhand is that in other months, Muslims are easily seduced by devil “Satan”, who makes them abandon the good deeds. But in the blessed month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak, Gracious Almighty Allah imprisons the devil “Satan” creating His slaves (Us) easier to perform good deeds.
Whatever possession lost at a dry place or in the water is destroyed due to not paying Zakah. (4)
Muslims who donate charity in Ramadan-ul-Mubarak and increase their handouts therein have trailed the example of the holy Prophet and recognized the benefit of doing so. However, dear Islamic brothers and sisters it is outlawed according to Sharia to delay Zakat which should be paid before Ramadan-ul-Mubarak to attain its reward.
And those who hoard up gold and silver and do not spend it in Allah’s way – so give them the glad tidings of a painful punishment. (5)
Dear Islamic brothers and sisters, it is for our own success, that we spend time, money and efforts in donating Alms for the pleasure of Gracious Almighty Allah as the rewards of Charity is nothing but success, exclusively in the Hereafter: Since charity is not limited to donate money or part of our riches, every single Muslim as a result can get recompenses from Gracious Almighty Allah. Charity is an easy way to increase our faith and every Muslim whether deprived or prosperous can give charity at all times.
(1) Blessings of Ramadan, chapter, Blessings of Eid-ul-Fitar pp.267
(2) Sunan Abi Dawud, pp. 158, vol. 2, Hadis 1609
(3) Sahih Bukhari, Kitab-uz-Zakah, vol. 1, pp. 474, Hadees 1403
(4) Majma-uz-Za Fitar waaid, vol. 3, pp. 200, Hadees 4335
(5) Part 10, Surah At-Taubah, verse 34 Translation from Kanz-ul-Imaan