As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
One point is clear, as Muslims we need to take care of each other. Why we need to wait for the non-Muslim to defend us, to give us any social-economical help. We are in the need to be self-sufficient and able to give money to our Masjid.
Where are the food, and clothing banks for our families in need? Where is the Janaza found, for the families who have no money to bury their love ones? Where are the programs for our Youth, to help them learn about Islam, and keep them away from the streets? Our Youth is not exempt from the streets, or drugs or any kind of problems. We are not angels, we are just humans trying to strive for Paradise. May Allah protect all of our Youth.
And many will tell me, they have no time, no money, the children are to busy playing sports for their school (non-Muslim school) or the girls want to go the mall with their non-Muslim friends unsupervised. You have no time to volunteer an hour to teach something, anything to either the new shahada or our youth. Yes we have food banks, some are too far from the Newark area, the ones which are in the area are not use or available for the families.
We have brothers and sisters who are professionals and are able to give some monetary compensation to the Masjid, at least once a month. How easy it is for Masajids with members from other countries to get together and build a new Masjid, a new addition to the madrassa or an Islāmic burial found? Because they come together to aid the community and they spend in the way of Allah, for Allah. they don’t worry about the money, they worry about the community as a whole.
Khadijah bint Khuwalyd, Abu Bakar al-Siddiq with the wealth he had, also had a major role in freeing some of the Muslim slaves, and many more companions that I can remember and write in this humble blog, helped Islam to grow and be propagated trough out. And they never complain, they knew their reward was with Allah subhana wa talah. Now tell me why are you are hoarding your money and throw in the sadaqa box two dollars?
Volume 2, Book 24, Number 486 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira
Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever is made wealthy by Allah and does not pay the Zakat of his wealth, then on the Day of Resurrection his wealth will be made like a bald-headed poisonous male snake with two black spots over the eyes. The snake will encircle his neck and bite his cheeks and say, ‘I am your wealth, I am your treasure.’ ” Then the Prophet recited the holy verses:– ‘Let not those who withhold . . .’ (to the end of the verse). (3.180).
Volume 2, Book 24, Number 493 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira
The Prophet said, “The Hour (Day of Judgment) will not be established till your wealth increases so much so that one will be worried, for no one will accept his Zakat and the person to whom he will give it will reply, ‘I am not in need of it.’
Volume 3, Book 41, Number 585
Narrated by Al-Mughira bin Shu’ba
The Prophet said, “Allah has forbidden for you, (1) to be undutiful to your mothers, (2) to bury your daughters alive, (3) to not to pay the rights of the others (e.g. charity, etc.) and (4) to beg of men (begging). And Allah has hated for you (1) vain, useless talk, or that you talk too much about others, (2) to ask too many questions, (in disputed religious matters) and (3) to waste the wealth (by extravagance).