[Al-Baqarah 2:261] Spending Wealth In The Cause of Allah

The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah,
is that of a grain (of corn);
it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains.
Allah gives manifold increase to whom He wills.
And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.

[Al-Baqarah 2:261]

This is a parable that Allah s.w.t. made of the multiplication of rewards for those who spend in His cause, seeking His pleasure. Allah multiplies the good deed 10 to 700 times. The Sunnah also mentions that the deeds are multiplied up to 700 folds.

Yet the parable in this Ayah is more impressive on the heart, than merely mentioning the number 700. This Ayah indicates that Allah ‘grows’ the good deeds for its doers, just as He grows the plant for whoever sows it in fertile land.

Subhanallah. My husband asked why I was smiling, and it was due from reading the tafsir of this Ayah. What a beautiful parable, that Allah s.w.t. ‘grows’ our good deeds – it gives an imagery of you planting a small, humble plant that grows into a tall, sturdy tree and gives so many benefits to others – its fruits and its shade to those who need them – and you reap all those khayr from that one single tree.

It brings to mind how at times people can be desensitized from the constant appeal for Syria, Palestine, Myanmar, and everywhere across the globe. People cling to their wealth, saying that my money isn’t going to change their condition, plus there are others who donate anyway, so why bother. What people don’t see is that those who do give charity are the wealthy ones – they are making investments that they will reap in this dunya and especially so in the akhirah. Anything that we spend for the cause of Allah will always bring benefit.

This reminds me of a beautiful hadith:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Who among you considers
the wealth of his heirs dearer to him than his own wealth?”

They replied, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)!
There is none among us but loves his own wealth more.”

The Prophet (ﷺ) said,
“So his wealth is whatever he spends (in Allah’s Cause) during his life (on good deeds) while the wealth of his heirs is whatever he leaves after his death.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

O Muslims, remember that the Day will come when there will be no bargaining, nor friendship, nor intercession. The wise ones are those who have sowed their seeds and planted their trees. This is as Ibn Mas’ud r.a. said:

“You are in the passage of day and night, your life decreases [by every passing moment] but your deeds are all preserved and death shall come to you all of a sudden.
So, whoever planted good is soon to expect the harvest of happiness,
and whoever planted evil is soon to expect the harvest of regret.”

Allah s.w.t. then says in the ayah, “And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.” Meaning that His Favor is so wide, that it encompasses much more than His creations. He has full knowledge in whoever deserves it, or does not deserve it.

All praises and gratitude are due to Allah s.w.t.

Tafsir Ibn Kathir