Consider the following verse:
“By no means shall you attain Al-Birr (piety, righteousness, etc., it means here Allah’s reward, i.e. paradise), unless you spend (in Allah’s cause) of that which you love; and whatever of good you spend, Allah knows it well.” (Al-Imran 3:92)
So what is it that you love the most and how can you spend it in Allah’s cause? Here is a quick exercise.
- Make a list of things you love.
- Divide your list into tangible things and intangible things.
- Now reflect: how can you spend these in the way of Allah?
A typical list might look like this:
You can spend tangible things in the way of Allah (swt), by giving some of the things you love (clothes, jewellery, shoes, etc.) to those who need it more.
You can also spend them in the way of Allah (swt) by using these resources to benefit the Deen, for example, lending your laptop for a presentation at the Halaqah, or offering your house to host the weekly Quran class.
Out of the intangible things, you can spend your time to learn, study and teach the Deen of Allah.
You can volunteer your time to aid the sick, give charity and engage in other humanitarian causes.
Your kids can be future “Daees” in the path of Allah (swt). If you work on their knowledge, their character, and their personality, then Insha’Allah, they will become true Muslims. You can also work on the knowledge and Tarbiyah of your family – this would be considered spending in the cause of Allah (swt).
By writing good articles and reading good books, you can motivate others and help them understand Islam. Also, by reading good books and articles, you can increase your knowledge and further benefit yourself and others.
Moreover, if you love sports and work out daily, you attain a more positive outlook on life and you work better. If you are fit and positive, you are definitely more productive.