Benefits of Zakaat, Sadqa and other forms of charity
Muslims give Zakaat because it is the order of the Lord Almighty. Even if there don’t seem to be any apparent benefits; Muslims still follow the decrees of the Lord. They don’t try to rationalize His commands. Let alone objecting to it or hesitating to fulfill those commands, they try to outdo each other in fulfilling those commands.
However, as the command of Zakaat is from the Lord Almighty and His Beloved, the Mercy of the worlds (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), there are many benefits of this. It is not devoid of benefits for the bondsmen of Almighty Allah. There are many worldly and spiritual benefits of charity. Here some of them are being mentioned.
Charity calms the wrath of Allah
People commit various transgressions due to which Allah Most High is displeased. The best means to save ourselves from His displeasure and to gain His approval is “Sadqa” (charity). With the blessings of charity, the wrath of Allah Most High is calmed. Also, a huge benefit of charity in this world is that the person who gives charity is saved from a faithless death.
There is a Hadith in Jame’ Tirmidhi:
Translation: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Anas bin Malik, he says: The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Verily charity calms the wrath of Allah and saves from a faithless death (dying without Iman). (Jame’ Tirmidhi, Hadith No. 666)
Charity – A shade for the believer on the Day of Judgment
On the Day of Judgment, the sun will come down to just above our heads. There will be no limit to its heat. People will be worried senseless because of it. In such a time, charity will be a shade for the believers. Zakaat and other forms of charity that they gave in the world will be a means of relief and solace that day, as given in this Hadith:
Translation: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Marthad bin ‘Abdullah Yazni, he says: A companion of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) told me that he heard the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) say: Verily, the charity of a believer will be a shade of mercy for him (or her) on the Day of Judgment. (Musnad Imam Ahmad bin Hambal, Hadith No. 18530)