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Giving sadaqah for benefits

Fatwaa ID: 1828

As-salāmu ʿalaykum Waraḥmatullāhi Wabarakātuh,

Someone asked:

When we do good deeds that have promised blessings (ex. Giving charity to have our problems solved, have more wealth, etc) what kind of intention should we have? If one has financial troubles and he gives in charity thinking that this will give him barakah in his wealth, does this mean that his intention is insincere? Similarly with du’ā, should our intention strictly be that we are making du’a to deepen our connection with Allah ta’ala and not focus on getting what we are asking for in du’ā?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. When doing good deeds, they must be done for the sake of Allaah Ta’aala. To do it for any other reason is a form of shirk. The benefits that come along with it are merely incentives and perks to encourage us. That too is only a small glimpse of what Allaah Ta’aala has kept in store for us. The true benefits would be seen in the Hereafter. If the incentives were not given, then too we would continue our righteous deeds. If a person gets Allaah Ta’aala, then he has gotten everything.
  2. Du’aa is different. Du’aa is made to ask Allaah Ta’aala for whatever wants, desires or needs we have. We ask Him for it knowing that only He can give. However, aside from this, there should be du’aas in our daily lives simply to connect and talk to Allaah Ta’aala.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

03/24/1445 AH – 10/11/2023 CE | AML1-8424

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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