In the light of the Holy Hadith
FOUNTAINS OF BENEVOLENCE
“When a man dies, his all acts come to an end except three: ongoing charity (sadaqah jariyyah), knowledge (by which people benefit), and a pious son or daughter who prays for him (after he is deceased).”
(Muslim, Wasiyyah, 14)
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
Umar (r.a) had come into the possession of a date palm orchard in Khaybar. It was the first time in his life that he had such a beautiful orchard. He came into the presence of Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.) and said, “O the Messenger of Allah! I would like to attain the countenance of Allah with this property, so what do you command me to do with it?” Our Prophet’s counsel on this land has been the keystone for the civilization of foundations for centuries to come. He (s.a.w.) said, “If you like, you may keep the corpus intact and give its produce as Sadaqah.” Thereupon, Umar endowed his orchard with the condition that it should not be sold, impropriated and bequeathed.
The divine messages of our sublime book the Holy Qur’an and the exemplary life of our Prophet (s.a.w.) have encouraged Muslims to do charity works throughout the history of Islam. Muslims have strived to perpetuate the charity, adopting as a principle the verse from the Qur’an, “Never will you attain the good [reward] until you spend [in the way of Allah] from that which you love. And whatever you spend – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.” . Both the companions of the Prophet and the following generations acted with the awareness that foundations are ever-flowing fountains of benevolence. Thus, the four corners of the Islamic world have been furnished with foundations – the most precious sources bringing goodness to humanity.
Foundation is the attempt to transform the wealth entrusted to the believers into a way of worship. Foundation is the name of charity without abashing people, without letting the left hand know what the right hand gives. Let us look after these sincere-at-heart foundations of ours, established for the ruling of the earth by benevolence and charity, goodness and beauty.
Jobayer Al Mahmud