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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

#0859 The importance of giving back some of your wealth

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# 0859 Peace and Blessings Every Day
The importance of giving back some of your wealth
I’ve started listening to a series by Shakyh Hamza Yusuf entitled
“Purification of the Heart.” This is a lecture series based upon
Imam Al-Mawluds Matharat al-Qulub study of Spiritual Diseases of the Heart.

One of the earlier lectures was based upon the importance of giving back your
money to charity. Muslims are required to give 2.5% of their wealth, with exceptions,
back to charity to help out those in need in the community. The purpose of this
requirement is to help purify our wealth, which in turn purifies our hearts.

Shaykh Hamza provided an analogy, which helped to illustrate this point. The food
that we eat helps to provide us with many benefits. It helps restore cells, provides us with
energy, deters hunger. However, just as it has many benefits that the body can utilize,
so too does it have things that are not beneficial.  This is why anything that the body does
not use or is not helpful, the body turns it into the form of waste.

Just as food has benefits for our bodies but also has waste that turns into fecal matter, which
must be discarded, so too can money and wealth provide benefit to us, but a part of it is like
waste where it must be discarded.

Now you may be saying to yourself, “So we are pretty much giving our waste back as charity?”
Not really. The fecal matter that we discard can be used in the form of fertilizer which is recycled
back into our environments to help grow things. So too does the money we donate to charity help some other aspect of our environment, which is in need of it.

So how does it help purify our hearts? By giving back some of your wealth to help others,
you are removing yourself from the attachment that would otherwise take place to
the money.  When this happens, any loss of your wealth will create pain, anguish, stress, and turmoil, which ends up creating a disease in  your heart.

Purify your heart by purifying your wealth.  

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