“By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you give (freely) of that which you love, and whatever you give, truly God knows it well.”
Love is giving, and real love, true love, radical love is the giving of that which you love. In Qur’an, the path to righteousness is called the steep path, which is the practice of feeding the hungry, honoring the orphan, aiding the destitute down in the dust, and liberating the enslaved from whatever is oppressing them. Prophet Muhammed said, “You will recognize the believers in their having mercy for one another, and in their love for one another, and in their kindness towards one another; like the body, when one member of it ails, the entire body ails.” Our city is hurting.
We must feel the pain of the thousands and thousands of Atlantans without shelter, food, employment, and security, and we must do whatever we can to relieve somebody’s agony and suffering as if it was our own, because it is. Let each of us do more than what we have done, and may the best of us give freely of that which we love.
“You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
For what are your possessions but things you keep and
guard for fear you may need them tomorrow.
… And what is fear of need but need itself ?
Is not dread of thirst when your well is full,
the thirst that is unquenchable ? ….
All you have shall some day be given; therefore give now,
that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.”
submitted by Imam Plemon T. El-Amin