It is obvious that everyone is seeking a peaceful life. Nobody wants to be far from relaxing. Having a good wife is one way to achieve peace. Holy Quran says:“It is He Who created you from a single person, and made his mate in order that he might dwell with her (in love).” (1)
It is a God-given blessing for a man to have an angel as his wife in his house, the angel who is so fond of him and made a promise to stay whole of the life. In fact, God has made your wife a comfort, a companion and a protector for you. So for such a great gift, you must respect the rights of the wife.“She should enjoy the rights of mercy and intimacy, as she is an object of tranquility.” (2)
Imam Baqir (the fifth Imam of Muslims) quoted on the authority of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him And His Progeny):“Gabriel advised me about women so much that I thought she could not be divorced unless she clearly commits adultery.” (3)
The status of woman in Islam is very high and therefor, Islam orders to be gentle to woman.
1-The Holy Quran (7:189)
2- Imam Sajjad, the Treatise on Rights, right n.20
It is useful to know the benefits of an action because the person would be interested to do it. For example if a student knows the benefits of studying h/she will do it without the advice of parents. Generally, Human negligence is rooted in ignorance, for instance the ignorance of the truth and the purpose of life and the ignorance of the way to success and some things like that.
The charity is also no exception. Most people think that they lose what they give away in charity while it is not so. The sacred religion of Islam expressed the benefits of charity.
An increase in your wealth Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him and His Progeny) said: “Give charity since it will cause an increase in your wealth. Therefore give charity and God will have Mercy upon you.” (Wasa’il al-Shi’ah, v.6, p.257)
Treatment of Our Patients Imam Sadiq (the sixth Imam of Muslims) has said: “It is recommended for an ill person to give charity to a poor person with his own hands and ask the poor man to pray for him.”(Ibid. v.6, p.262)
Preventing Calamities Imam Baqir (the fifth Imam of Muslims) said: “Giving charity will fend off seventy of this world’s calamities and save you from a bad death in addition to granting you the rewards for the Hereafter.” (Wasa’il al-Shi’ah, pp.268-277)
As you see charity has several benefits for us and it can be realized that the benefits of what we do return to ourselves.
“Nor forget thy portion in this world…”(The Holy Qur’an, 28:77) Islamic teachings are based on reality. So, Islam has never commanded almsgiving entire property because the person will be poor. And it is unacceptable to Islam because one of the main goals of Islam is the elimination of poverty. Hence, Charity in Islam is according to the financial ability of each individual and it is a form of savings. It might seem to us that we lose what we give away in charity while it is not so. Imam Sajjad (the fourth Imam of Muslims) has said:“And the right of charity is that you should know that it is a storing away with your Lord and a deposit for which you will have no need for witnesses, Then once you know this you will be more confident of it if you donate it in secret than if you donate it in public.”(The Treatise on Rights, Right n.13)
Although both forms of public and private charities are beneficial but Imam highly stresses giving charity in private. Charity in private is safe from some pests such hypocrisy. Imam Hossein (the third Imam of Muslims) said:“Giving charity in secret will quench the Wrath of the Lord and wipe out wrong-doings just as water puts out fire. It will also ward off seventy types of calamities.”(Wasa’il al-Shi’ah, p.277)
As it is said, both forms of charities are beneficial. Let’s try.
There have always been poor and needy people in the community. They are deprived of basic rights such as food, clothing and housing. However, what is the way out of poverty? The gap between the various social classes is not acceptable to Islam. So, the sacred religion of Islam has a strong emphasis on helping the poor. Encouraging people to give charity is one of the major orders of Islam. The Holy Quran says:“The parable of those who spend their substance in the way of God is that of a grain of corn: it groweth seven ears, and each ear hath a hundred grains. God giveth manifold increase to whom He pleaseth: And God careth for all and He knows all things.”(2:261) This parable of how a grain of corn grows and yields a manifold increase shows how one’s charity is returned to God.
Islamic teaching says that the benefits of what we do return to ourselves. Hence, Charity has two benefits. One is for the poor and another is for us. There is an event supporting this idea.
A man was going to go somewhere. The Prophet Muhammad said that a black snake would follow him and kill him. The man went and returned after a while with a load of wooden sticks on his back. The Prophet asked him to drop the load on the ground. He did so, and a black snake came out. The Prophet him asked him what he had done that day. He said he had given one of the two loaves of bread he had to eat to a poor man. The Prophet told him that his life had been saved due to his act of charity.(Wasa’il al-Shi’ah, pp.268-277)