Jumu‘ah Mubarak all!
Rasulullah ﷺ teaches us in a hadith, “al-sadaqa burhan” – charity is a proof.
The word sadaqa is from the root 's-d-q', the same root as sidq, or sincerity. He ﷺ also said that charity is a burhan. A burhan is a proof that rests on a 'dalil', or evidence.
One might say: Charity is proof of sincerity. Why?
Giving charity is proof of sidq in my quest for the Divine – proof of my sidq in seeking a 'qalb salim', a sound heart, filled with experiential tawhid and beautiful akhlaq.
In sacrificing to part with the material, I learn to sacrifice the immaterial. Without the sadaqa of the tangible, how can I graduate to sadaqa of the equal, if not more important, intangible resources? Like: Time. Service. Emotions. Values of akhlaq.
Giving charity also proves the sidq of my concern for community. By giving of what I have, I melt my me in the many.
Inspired by the Qur’an and Sunna, the scholar saints of our faith made it a part of their litany of Divine remembrance to give daily sadaqa, even if a little. Let me follow their beautiful example.
And may the proofs of my sidq mount, by His grace, to be my closing argument on the day when I am destined to stand, alone, in His court. Amin.
Shaykh Riad Saloojee