Seek Not The Bad To Spend
LESSON # 311 FROM HOLY QUR’AN
Seek Not The Bad To Spend
BAQARAH – 2 (The Cow)
Verse –267 of 286, Section –37 (Part - 3)
O ye who believe! Spend of the good things which ye have earned, and of that which We bring forth from the earth for you, and seek not the bad (with intent) to spend thereof (in charity) when ye would not take it for yourselves save with disdain. And know that Allah is Absolute, Owner of Praise.
Yaaa- ‘ayyu-hallaziina ‘aa-manuuu ‘anfiquu min- tayyibaati maa kasabtum wa mimmaaa ‘akhrajnaa lakum-minal- ‘arz. Wa laa ta-yamma-mul-khabiisa minhu tunfiquuna wa lastum- bi- ‘aakhiziihi ‘illaaa ‘an tug-mizuu fiih. Wa’-la-muuu ‘annallaaha Ganiy-yun Hamiid.
‘Al-khabiisu – (bad thing), it aims ‘rejected, inferior and useless article)
Different orders have been delivered regarding spending in the Way of Allah Almighty. It has been mentioned in the previous verses that while spending for the Cause of Allah Almighty; it should be avoided from showing and dissembling. Moreover, intent should not be also to molest the people and to cause to boast one’s bigness. To whom the charity is given, he should neither be placed under an obligation, nor to injure and despair him. Rather the wealth should be spent only with good intent and purity of heart for the Pleasure of God Almighty. There should not be any other purpose except Will of Allah Almighty.
It has been told in this verse that agreeable and of superior quality; things out of one’s lawful and pure earnings should be given in the Path of Allah Almighty. That is to say; the remainder, stale, bad smelling, spoiled and rotten things should not be given to the poor, needy and miserable persons. However, it is fact that if any body gives you ever these types of things, you will never accept them, you will turn up your nose, knit the eyebrows, and declare abomination from it, save it is another matter that you will keep quiet due to any particular reason and overlook from it. Therefore, the bad things should never be given for the sake of God Almighty.
It is necessary that the best of all wealth and the best of all things, which you love most, those should be spent fondly in the Way of Allah Almighty. You will get more reward doing so. Allah Almighty is very Absolute from our alms and charity. He does not need these things absolutely. Nevertheless, with how much pleasure we shall spend, He will give us so more.
Transliteration in Roman Script & English Translation of Holy Qur’an written by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore and Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated by Muhammad Sharif)