Spending in the path of Allāh comprises a person spending upon himself, his wife and children, and the people of his household, and he shall have a tremendous reward for doing so. Therefore, if the spending is from lawful earnings and with good intentions, its reward is tremendous and its good is abundant. Therefore, love of wealth, greed, or stinginess should not overtake a person and cause him to deprive himself of the (good of) this wealth. It sits in his hand, and Allāh has given him the opportunity to give charity with it and to send forth good for himself. If he withholds the charity with this wealth, gathering it and hoarding it, then it will depart and leave him and his benefit will go to others while he was the one who wore himself out earning it. So how could he deprive himself? Why did he gather this wealth knowing that he is upon a journey and this wealth will not benefit him unless he sends it forth for himself before death as ongoing charity which will continue after he passes away? The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
إذا مات ابن آدم انقطع عمله إلا من ثلاثة: من صدقة جارية، أو علم ينتفع به، أو ولد صالح يدعو له.
When the son of Ādam dies, his deeds are cut off except three: ongoing charity, knowledge that is benefited from, or a righteous child who supplicates for him.*
Reported by Muslim (1631).
Book: Sittings in the Month of Ramadān & A Gift to the People of Īmān in Lessons for the Month of Ramadān (2 Books in One)
Author: Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān
Published by: Authentic Statements Publishing
Translators: Raha Batts and Rasheed Barbee