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Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) addressed Asmaa (radiyallahu anha) and said, “Continue spending (in the path of Allah Ta’ala) and do not count and hoard, or else Allah Ta’ala will count and give you.” (Saheeh Bukhari #2591)

In counting and accumulating our wealth, it becomes an everyday concern of how much do I have and how much do I still need? This results in depriving the needy while at times one’s own needs are neglected. This is not the manner of the people of Imaan.  At the time of giving as well, do not “count” and give. This simply means that do not have a strict rule that, for instance, you will only spend R50 a month in the path of Allah Ta’ala. Once this is exhausted, not a cent more will be spent. Or for example, a beggar asked to be given something. You put your hand into your wallet and out came a R1. You immediately put it back and start searching for a 50 cents coin since that is your “budget” for the beggar. Avoid this and give the R1. Allah Ta’ala will bless you with much more. By hoarding, the blessings are removed. The “buying power” of such wealth diminishes. Therefore, according to your capacity, give as much as you can. Allah Ta’ala will continue to shower you with much more.