Masarif e Zakat | Spending in The Way of Allah
In Arabic, infaq literally means ‘to spend’ and fi sabilillah means ‘in the way of Allah’. So, Infaq fi sabilillah is spending in the way of Allah for achieving His goodwill and consent.
To categorize broadly, infaq fi sabilillah is of two types: infaq-e-wajiba and infaq-e-nafila. One of these is mandatory and the other type of spending is optional.
Infaq-e-wajiba is a religious obligation for all Muslims for which the Islamic terminology is zakat. The Sufis and Fakirs call it zakat-e-sharia i.e. the zakat of sharia. Ushr is also a part of it. On the other hand, infaq-e-nafila includes all kinds of alms and charitable donations that someone gives following the Sunna of Holy Prophet out of one’s own desire to please Allah. It is spending in the way of Allah without being under obligation. The Mystics and Saints call this is zakat-e-haqeeqi i.e. the zakat of dignity.
ZAKAT OF SHARIA
The literal meaning of the word ‘zakat’ is to purify, to grow or to elevate. According to sharia, it refers to the religious obligatory payment of wealth to the deserving people. It is paid at the prescribed rate which is 2.5% of the wealth, at a fixed time per year. Zakat is compulsory on every adult Muslim who owns a specific amount of wealth for an uninterrupted full year. Since zakat is the pillar of Islam, the Quran and Hadith repeatedly instruct about its payment. Zakat is considered next to salat as both are forms of devotion to Allah with a change of their outer aspect. Just as salat is a physical worship, likewise, zakat is the financial form of worship.
The Holy Quran says:
وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ
Meaning: And establish (the system of) prayers and (ensure) the payment of Zakat (the Alms-due). And accomplish (absolute) obedience to the Messenger (blessings and peace be upon him) so that you may be granted mercy. (i.e., the blessings of sovereign rule, stability, peace and security may endure and continue). (an-Nūr: 56)
هُدًى وَبُشْرَى لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ۔ الَّذِينَ يُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَهُم بِالْآخِرَةِ هُمْ يُوقِنُونَ۔
Meaning: A guidance and good news for (those) believers, who establish prayer and pay Zakat (the Alms-due). And it is they who believe in the Hereafter (as well). (An Naml 2,3)
الَّذِينَ يُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَهُم بِالْآخِرَةِ هُمْ يُوقِنُونَ۔ أُوْلَئِكَ عَلَى هُدًى مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ وَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ
Meaning: Who establish Prayer and pay Zakat (the Alms-due) and those who believe in the Hereafter. It is they who are following guidance from their Lord and it is they who will prosper. (Luqman 4,5)
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ الصَّالِحَاتِ وَأَقَامُواْ الصَّلاَةَ وَآتَوُاْ الزَّكَاةَ لَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
Meaning: Surely, those who believe and do pious acts. And establish Prayer and pay Zakat (the Alms-due) regularly have their reward with their Lord. And (on the Last Day) they will neither fear nor grieve. (Al-Baqarah, 277)
EMPHASIS ON PAYING ZAKAT IN HADITHS
- Abu Darda related that the Holy Prophet said, “Zakat is the bridge of Islam.” (Tibrani)
- Abdullah bin Masood reported that the Holy Prophet said, “We have been ordered to offer salat and give zakat. Those who do not pay zakat, their salats are not accepted.” (Tibrani)
WARNING ON NOT PAYING ZAKAT
The Quran and Hadiths contain severe warnings for those who do not pay zakat. So much so that Allah counts such people amongst the polytheists.
وَوَيْلٌ لِّلْمُشْرِكِينَ۔ الَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ
Meaning: And destruction awaits those who associate partners with Allah. Those who do not pay Zakat (the Alms-due), and it is they who deny the Hereafter as well. (Fussilat: 6, 7)
It has been narrated that on the night of Miraj, the Holy Prophet saw a group of people who were barely covered with bits of cloth. They were grazing the hot and thorny bushes of hell like animals. The Holy Prophet inquired Gabriel about them. Gabriel replied, “They are the ones who refused to pay zakat. Allah did no cruelty to them. Indeed Allah is never cruel with His men.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
ZAKAT OF DIGNITY (ZAKAT-E-HAQEEQI)
The Quran and Hadiths repeatedly command to spend in the way of Allah. Just to please Him and out of His true love. Although, earning money lawfully through hard work has been appreciated at some places in the Quran and Hadiths. But accumulation of wealth is always condemned by Allah and His Prophet. Rather, it has been clearly ordered that the wealth which exceeds one’s personal and household necessities should be spent in the way of Allah. This spending in the way of Allah is known as ‘infaq-bil-afwu’. The Arabic word al-afwu means ‘the surplus’. Hence infaq-bil-afwu means spending in the way of Allah whatever is surplus to one’s needs.
VERSES FROM THE HOLY QURAN
وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ مَاذَا يُنفِقُونَ قُلِ الْعَفْوَ
Meaning: And they also ask you about what they should spend. Say: ‘(Spend) whatever is surplus to your needs.’ (Al-Baqarah, 219)
Abu Imama reported that the Holy Prophet said, “O’ son of Adam! It is better for you to spend (in the way of Allah) whatever you have surplus. If you will keep it with yourself, it will be harmful for you.”
Allah commanded the Holy Prophet that he should not make any such person his companion or friend who refuses to sacrifice his every possession in the way of Allah.
فَلاَ تَتَّخِذُواْ مِنْهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءَ حَتَّى يُهَاجِرُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ
Meaning: So do not make friends with (any of) them until they emigrate in the way of Allah. (In order to prove their sincerity and truthfulness). (An-Nisa 89)
There are many verses in the Quran emphasizing upon donating in the way of Allah that exceeds one’s needs:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ أَنفِقُواْ مِمَّا رَزَقْنَاكُم مِّن قَبْلِ أَن يَأْتِيَ يَوْمٌ لاَّ بَيْعٌ فِيهِ وَلاَ خُلَّةٌ وَلاَ شَفَاعَةٌ
Meaning: O believers! Spend (in the cause of Allah) out of whatever We have provided for you. Before the Day comes when there will be no trading. And (for disbelievers) neither any friendship (will be useful) nor (any) intercession. (al-Baqarah, 254)
ORDER TO SPEND IN THE WAY OF ALLAH IN HADITHS
- Abu Huraira related that the Holy Prophet said, “Spending in the way of Allah does not, in any way, decrease wealth. (It keeps increasing; sometimes in the form of increased income. And sometimes in the form of benedictions or the reward from Allah which will be awarded in the hereafter).” (Muslim)
- Ali ibn Abi Talib related that the Holy Prophet said, “Hurry in donating in the way of Allah.”
- According to Abu Huraira, the Holy Prophet told that Allah says, “O’ son of Adam! Spend upon pious deeds and I will spend upon you.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
- One Hadith reveals that spending in the way of Allah guards against seventy catastrophes. The most minor of which is illnesses such as leprosy and leucoderma. (Kanz al-Ummal)
WARNINGS ON NOT SPENDING IN THE WAY OF ALLAH
Allah has strictly warned those who refuse to spend in the way of Allah. Or display covetousness when it comes to paying zakat. Allah says in the Quran:
وَلاَ يَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ يَبْخَلُونَ بِمَا آتَاهُمُ اللّهُ مِن فَضْلِهِ هُوَ خَيْرًا لَّهُمْ بَلْ هُوَ شَرٌّ لَّهُمْ سَيُطَوَّقُونَ مَا بَخِلُواْ بِهِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ
Meaning: And those who (covetously) hoard up that which Allah has bestowed upon them out of His bounty. Must never consider this miserliness of any benefit for themselves, rather, it is injurious for them. Soon, the wealth which they hoard miserly (and do not spend in the way of Allah) will be put around (their necks) like a neck fetter, on the Day of Judgment. ( Āl ‘Imrān: 180)
إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ مَن كَانَ مُخْتَالاً فَخُورًا۔ الَّذِينَ يَبْخَلُونَ وَيَأْمُرُونَ النَّاسَ بِالْبُخْلِ وَيَكْتُمُونَ مَا آتَاهُمُ اللّهُ مِن فَضْلِهِ وَأَعْتَدْنَا لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَذَابًا مُّهِينًا
Meaning: Indeed! Allah does not like the one who is arrogant and boastful. Those, who (miserly) hoard their wealth and enjoin others to do the same and hide that which Allah has bestowed upon them of His bounty. And We have prepared for the disbelievers, a disgraceful chastisement. (An-Nisa: 36, 37)
ZAKAT OF SHARIA IS OBLIGATORY BUT ZAKAT OF DIGNITY IS SUNNA
The Quran and Hadith openly declare that zakat of sharia has been commanded by Allah as an obligation upon the Muslims. The Holy Prophet never owned wealth equivalent to nisab, hence he never paid the zakat of sharia. He immediately spent in the way of Allah whatever he had surplus to his needs. This is the zakat of dignity, which is although not obligatory but Sunna of the Holy Prophet. He deliberately spent all the money which was above the basic necessities rather than saving it and becoming a sahib-e-nisab.
Thus, following the example of the Prophet, the best way of spending in the way of Allah is to spend all the money which is left after one’s basic requirements such as food, shelter and clothing for oneself and their family, are met. This is the zakat of dignity which holds way more value and is far more desirable than zakat of sharia.
THE RECIPIENTS OF ZAKAT (MASARIF-E-ZAKAT)
Whether it is zakat of sharia or zakat of dignity, the category of people who deserve it remains the same. The recipients of zakat are known as masarif i.e. those who should be given zakat or sadaqa in any form. The Quran clearly mentions the masarif of zakat and sadaqa in these words:
إِنَّمَا الصَّدَقَاتُ لِلْفُقَرَاءِ وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَالْعَامِلِينَ عَلَيْهَا وَالْمُؤَلَّفَةِ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَفِي الرِّقَابِ وَالْغَارِمِينَ وَفِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ فَرِيضَةً مِّنَ اللّهِ وَاللّهُ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيمٌ
Meaning: “Indeed sadaqa is for Fakirs, Masakeen and for Amileen (those deployed to collect zakat). Those in whose hearts the inculcation of love for Islam is aimed at, and to free the captives. And remove the burden of debtors and (those who toil hard) in the way of Allah and for the wayfarers. This has been prescribed by Allah. Allah, the All-Knower, the Most Wise.” (At-Tawbah: 60)
The above verse describes eight categories of people who are entitled to receive sadaqa and zakat. Out of those people, Fakirs are the foremost.
1. لِلْفُقَرَاءِ For the Fakirs:
In the enlightened perspective of Holy Quran, Fakir refers to the perfect Saint i.e. one who is annihilated in Allah (fana fillah) as described in sura Al-Baqarah:
لِلْفُقَرَاءِ الَّذِينَ أُحصِرُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ لاَ يَسْتَطِيعُونَ ضَرْبًا فِي الأَرْضِ يَحْسَبُهُمُ الْجَاهِلُ أَغْنِيَاءَ مِنَ التَّعَفُّفِ تَعْرِفُهُم بِسِيمَاهُمْ لاَ يَسْأَلُونَ النَّاسَ إِلْحَافًا وَمَا تُنفِقُواْ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَإِنَّ اللّهَ بِهِ عَلِيمٌ
Meaning: Sadaqa is for those Fakirs (who have sacrificed and dedicated their lives in the way of Allah. (Those) who have been restricted (from earning their livelihood) in the cause of Allah. They cannot even move about in the land (due to their full time involvement in matters of religion). Because of their aversion to greed, people (knowing not about their state of heart and soul) consider them wealthy. You will recognize them from their appearance. They do not ask people (for help) at all lest they should humble themselves (before them). And whatever you spend in the way of Allah, Allah knows it the best. (Al-Baqarah: 273)
Grandeur of Fakirs According to Hadith
- Abu Huraira related the Holy Prophet said, “Fakirs will enter paradise five hundred years before the rich.” (Tirmidhi, Ibn-e-Majah)
- A Hadith says that on the Day of Judgment, it would be announced, “Where are the ones who respected and obliged the Fakirs and Masakeen? Today, they can enter the paradise without sorrow or fear.” (Kanz al-Ummal)
- According to a Hadith, Allah would apologize from the Fakir the way we humans do. He would say, “I swear by My Power and Wrath! I did not keep (the luxuries of) the world away from you because I looked down upon you but it was because I wanted to keep all your reward saved for this special day. O’ my beloved slave! Go to the dwellers of hell. Whoever amongst them fed you or clothed you for My sake, he belongs to you.” The faces of the people of hell would be covered in perspiration to the extent that it would be difficult to recognize them. But the Fakir would immediately recognize those who did any good to him in the world and would take them to paradise.” (Riaz al-Rayaheen)
Emphasis on Obliging Fakirs in Hadith
- Another Hadith states that the Holy Prophet said, “Keep the company of Fakirs and oblige them as much as possible because they are very rich.” Someone questioned the Holy Prophet, “What is in their possession that makes them rich?” He answered, “On the Day of Judgment, Allah would say to them, ‘Whoever fed you, gave you to drink or to wear, you can take him to paradise with you’.”
- According to a Hadith, Allah would announce on the Day of Judgment, “Where are the Fakirs of the umma of Prophet Mohammad. Get up and search for those people who gave you one bite of food, one drop of water or new clothes to wear only for My sake and take them to paradise with you.” The Fakirs from the umma of Prophet Mohammad would hold their hands and say, “O Allah! This person gave me food, that person gave me to drink.” In this way, all the Fakirs of umma of Prophet Mohammad, whether high ranked or low ranked, will take with them all those who obliged them in any way in the world. (Kanz al-Ummal)
Al-Qushayri’s epistle on Sufism about Fakirs
- Faqr is the way of Saints of Allah and the ornament of chosen ones. Allah has liked it for His special men i.e. Prophets and Saints. Fakirs are the people whom Allah has specially chosen and appointed among His men. Among all the creation, only they can bear the secrets of Allah. It is due to them that Allah protects other creations and provides them with sustenance and shelter. The Fakir who adopts patience would be the companion of Allah on the Day of Judgment.
Sultan Bahoo Says
- Fakir is the secret of Lordship. (Qurb-e-Deedar)
- The Fakir, who possesses love of Allah in his heart, is the secret of Allah. (Noor-ul-Huda Kalan)
- Perfect Fakir is the one who has become desirable in the court of Allah. And ever remains present in the Mohammadan Assembly. (Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan)
- Follow the commandments of the Fakirs as their opposition leads to disgrace in both the worlds. (Kaleed-ul-Tauheed Kalan)
These Hadiths and sayings are about the Fakirs who are annihilated in Allah and have reached the status of “Death before dying”.
Ghawth al-Azam Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jilani has said about them that Fakir is not the one who does not own anything but is the one who orders “Be” and “It is done”. (Ar-Risala tul-Ghausia)
Ali ibn Abi Talib narrated that the Holy Prophet said; when people keep enmity against the Fakirs. Show off worldly splendour and become greedy in hoarding wealth, then Allah sends four kinds of calamities upon them:
- Cruel ruler or king
- Dishonest officials
- Dominance of enemies.
2. وَالْمَسَاكِينِ For the Masakeen:
Umar ibn Khattab related the tradition of the Holy Prophet, “There is a key to everything and the key to paradise is the love of Masakeen.” (Kanz al-Ummal, RisalaQushayriyya/Al-Qushayri’s Epistle on Sufism)
Abdullah related from the Holy Prophet that he said:
Miskeen is not the one who keeps wandering (to beg for money) and at last gets a bite of food or a few dates.” The Companions of the Prophet inquired him, “Then, who the Masakeen are?” The Holy Prophet replied, “Miskeen is the one who does not have enough money to be called wealthy but feels shy to ask people for financial help, neither people know about his condition, so no one gives him sadaqa.” (Musnad-e-Ahmed)
Prophet Mohammad said to his wife Ayesha bint Abu Bakr;
Ayesha! Never return the Maskaeen empty handed, give them whatever you have even if it is just a date. Ayesha! Be loving towards the Masakeen and keep them close to yourself. Allah would keep you close to Himself on the Day of Judgment.” (Mishkat al-Masabih)
Arabic word Masakeen is plural of Miskeen which literally means indigent. But mystically it refers to the Saints who perpetually remain with Allah i.e. they are ever engrossed in the remembrance of Allah. That is why, the Holy Prophet said, “O’ Allah! Let me live as a Miskeen, die as a Miskeen and raise me amongst the Masakeen on the Doomsday.” (Mishkat al-Masabih)
The word Masakeen has been used at least twenty three times in the Quran whereby it has been ordered to give them sadaqa and be good to them.
3. وَالْعَامِلِينَ For the Amileen:
People appointed by an Islamic government to collect zakat are called the Amileen. Zakat can be given to them and it can be used to give their salaries as well.
4. وَالْمُؤَلَّفَةِ قُلُوبُهُمْ Muallafat-ul-Quloob (To win hearts):
Zakat can also be spent to invite the non-Muslims towards Islam. And to win their heart so that they get inclined towards Islam. This category also includes giving money to support those who seek help from Islam especially the newly converts to Islam. After the battle of Hunain, the Holy Prophet gave a large amount of booty to the newly converted Muslims. When the Ansars questioned him, he said that he wanted to please their hearts as they had just entered Islam.
5. وَفِي الرِّقَابِ Fi ar-Riqab (To spend for the freedom of slaves):
Sadaqa and zakat can be spent for the emancipation of slaves. Now a days, slavery is illegal but considering the context, this can be replaced with people who are undergoing imprisonment and are unable to pay the fine imposed to get freedom.
6. وَالْغَارِمِينَ Gharimeen:
Gharimeen are those people who are burdened with loan and are unable to pay it back. Sadaqa and zakat can be spent to return their loan. But this spending is not for those who have fallen into debt out of their habit of lavish or illicit spending as this would encourage them to take more loans and later pay them by getting sadaqa.
7. وَفِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ Fi Sabilillah:
Any kind of spending in the way of Allah such as for Jihad, for inviting others to Islam. To help any Muslim, for the exaltation of the religion, to spread the message of Islam. To encourage others to adopt the straight path i.e. Faqr by which one can have Deedar e Elahi. And any other cause whereby the intention is to spend in the way of Allah to please Him.
8. وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ Ibn-us-Sabil:
This refers to donating to help the travellers.
THE ESSENCE OF SPENDING IN THE WAY OF ALLAH
Salat is the best form of physical prayer for getting closer to Allah. However any kind of prayer can only grant closeness of Allah if it is performed after understanding its inner aspect. And following its essence with sincerity and the presence of soul.
Salat, for instance, is not only a physical devotion but its inner aspect is to disconnect with everyone and everything and concentrate completely upon Allah. Similarly, zakat also has both the inner and outer aspects. The spirit or essence of zakat is to get rid of the love of worldly riches. It plays a crucial role in the purification of one’s soul.
If sadaqa and zakat are given only practically with its essence missing, then, although one’s obligation would be performed but it would not be enough to purify the soul or bring one closer to Allah. Everything in the entire cosmos is hollow and useless without its essence. Likewise, a hollow act of charity for sake of Allah would fail to fulfil its desired purpose.
THE PURPOSE BEHIND GIVING ZAKAT AND SADAQA
The real purpose of zakat can only be achieved if its essence is contained within the act of giving sadaqa. This would allow one to get closer to Allah thereby turning a Muslim into a true believer (Momin). Who truly understands the secret of zakat and does not withhold any wealth except that which meets his/her basic necessities.
It is quite unfortunate that today, many formal theologians are at a loss to perceive the actual concept behind sadaqa. They misinterpret it and collaborate their confused definition with its literal meaning believing that zakat ‘purifies’ and ‘increases’ wealth itself. Whereas, it is now clear that zakat ‘purifies’ the soul and ‘increases’ closeness to Allah. Their orthodox perspective in fact re-emphasizes the focus of people upon the growth of their wealth as they believe that they have found a religious methodology that would ‘increase’ their wealth further and ‘purify’ their unlawful earnings. This whole idea completely disregards the soul of zakat and sadaqa. The believer must acknowledge the fact that everything he owns (wealth and other possessions) actually belongs to Allah.
It is my sincere prayer to Allah that He allows us to spend in His way with pure intentions and sincerity of heart keeping in view the essence of zakat. Ameen
SPENDING IN THE WAY OF ALLAH DURING RAMADAN
During Ramadan there is always a remarkable increase in the passion for worships and charity. Most of the people pay zakat during this sacred month as reward of every virtuous deed is increased seventy times. That is why maximum people pay zakat, ushr, charity, sadaqa and donations during this month. Whomsoever Allah has blessed with wealth, affluence and generosity, makes every effort to sacrifice maximum wealth for Allah during this sacred month.
This month is full of blessings and is a golden opportunity for rich people to get closeness of Allah by spending their maximum wealth in the way of Allah. Those who are unable to perform physical devotions or keep fast in this month due to health issues can also make its compensation easily by spending generously in the way of Allah.
Companions of the Holy Prophet spent their entire wealth for Allah’s sake. They always remained keen to make every kind of sacrifice for the happiness of the Holy Prophet. Only by following their footsteps, a Muslim can please his/her beloved Prophet and Allah.
ZAKAT, SADAQA, DONATIONS AND TEHREEK DAWAT-E-FAQR
The perfect spiritual guide of Sultan Bahoo’s Sarwari Qadri order, the Universal Divine Man (Insan-e-Kamil) and the reviver of Islam in this era Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman set the foundation of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr on 23rd October 2009, so as to revive the soul of Islam and spread the Sufi teachings of Faqr of Sultan Bahoo in a more organized manner as well as make the spiritual legacy of the Holy Prophet common amongst the Muslims in this dark era.
It has been the tenet of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr to avoid collection of donations from people. Instead, the capable disciples and members of Tehreek themselves spend their money secretly and selflessly for the cause of Allah. Now for the first time, masses are being requested to give zakat, sadaqa and charity as per their financial capability for Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr. Before giving donation, you must be satisfied about the genuineness of our organization and our dedication towards Allah. As donations given with trust and satisfaction of heart prove beneficial for both the giver and the recipient and are a source of spiritual elevation.
For that, you can visit our websites or come to our khanqah physically. It must be clear that your donations and support to any department of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr will be a source of continuous reward for you i.e. a sadqa-e-jaaria. This means that if you assist any department of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr, you will be continually rewarded till the expiration of that matter or thing in this mortal world. Following are some of its examples:
Construction of Mosque and Khanqah:
Since the number of devotees and disciples of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman is increasing and his organization is progressing day by day. Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr needs a spacious mosque and a khanqah for offices of its departments, gatherings of devotees and residence of the disciples for spiritual training.
Allah says about mosque and khanqah:
فِي بُيُوتٍ أَذِنَ اللَّهُ أَن تُرْفَعَ وَيُذْكَرَ فِيهَا اسْمُهُ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ فِيهَا بِالْغُدُوِّ وَالْآصَالِ
Meaning: (This Light of Allah illumines) such houses as Allah has ordained to exalt (their esteem and honour) and remember His Name therein. (These are the houses) in which (Allah’s servants) glorify Him morning and evening. (Al-Nur 36)
In this verse, the “houses” refer to mosque and khanqah. Khanqah is a place where the perfect spiritual guide purifies the souls and innerselves of seekers of Allah. Through his spiritually effective sight, sacred company and invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat, hence grants them eternal life. First khanqah of Islam was the platform of al-Suffa. Where the Companions of the Holy Prophet lived in his company and acquired spiritual purgation and closeness of Allah.
The New Khanqah
Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr has planned to construct a grand Khanqah. The new Khanqah will have offices for all the departments of the Tehreek. This includes publication department, digital productions department, IT department and Islamic research department to name a few. There will be dedicated rooms for permanently residing seekers of Allah and guest rooms for devotees visiting from other cities. The new Khanqah will feature a modern library, separate halls for gathering of male and female disciples on the occasion of Milad and other Islamic celebrations, free kitchen and a small hospital. Most important of all, a grand and beautiful mosque will be built adjacent to the Khanqah. Your contribution in the construction of this Khanqah and mosque through zakat and donations would be a source of spiritual beneficence and continuous reward for you till the Doomsday.
Every new disciple receives a framed Ism-e-Allah Zaat for invocation (Dhikr) and contemplation (Tasawur). This is given immediately after taking oath of allegiance at the sacred hand of Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman. Those, who follow the path of Allah sincerely and whole heartedly, are blessed with Ism-e-Mohammad for further spiritual elevation. The cost of a single frame and its mirror is Rs.300. To provide assistance in their preparation is sadaqa-e-jaaria and a form of devotion. Because whenever a seeker of Allah will do invocation and contemplation of Ism-e-Allah Zaat, you will also be rewarded. Till the time Ism-e-Allah Zaat or Ism-e-Mohammad prepared from your donation will remain present in this world, you will keep receiving its reward continually. In addition, printed Ism-e-Allah Zaat is also given freely to the individuals who do not taken oath of allegiance, it costs Rs.200.
Free Distribution of Books:
To preach and spread the teachings of Faqr, Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr has published more than 70 books till now. It is important to mention that the sale price of these books is kept less than the actual expenditure on their publication. Haqeeqat Ism-e-Allah Zaat and Murshid Kamil Akmal books have been published several times. Thousands of copies of these books have been distributed free of cost, each book costs Rs.125.
It is sadaqa-e-jaaria to contribute in the publication of these books because until these books are present in the world and are read by seekers of Allah who will find the straight path towards Allah after reading them, Allah will continuously bless and reward you.
The Tehreek has published a number of books of Sultan Bahoo that have been translated in Urdu and English. The cost of these books is kept equal to the expenditure on them. This is so that the mystic knowledge is made available to more and more people. Contributing in publication of these books is also a source of perpetual reward. There are a number of books that have not yet been published due to financial difficulties. Your help is anxiously awaited in this regard.
Delivery through post office costs around Rs.55 per book. These expenses are increasing day by day. Your assistance in this regard will facilitate the delivery of these Islamic books to the people all over the world.
To spread the teachings of Faqr which is the soul of Islam, monthly magazine Sultan-ul-Faqr Lahore is being published since August 2006. It is noteworthy that its sale price is quite less than actual expense. This is Jihad-bil-Qalam (Jihad by means of pen) as our organization is spreading the true Mohammadan religion by means of pen through this magazine. Donation in this regard will also be a sadaqa-e-jaaria. Sizeable quantity of honorary copies of this magazine is presented to different research centres, universities, colleges, schools and is also given for free to financially weak people. Your support in this department will be a greatly rewarding deed for the cause of Allah.
Expenditures of Central Office and Khanqah of Sarwari Qadri Order:
A lot of seekers of Allah permanently live in the Khanqah of Sarwari Qadri order. They have dedicated themselves to promoting the teachings of Islam. Guests from all over the country as well as from abroad are welcomed all the time. The doors of Khanqah are open for everyone day and night without discrimination of any sect, caste, creed or status. In our central office and Khanqah, Langar (sacred food for free) is available round the clock. Every Sunday special Langer is prepared for the guests who arrive from all around the country.
Milad of the Holy Prophet is celebrated in the month of Rabi-ul-Awwal. People from all over the world participate in it with great zeal and zest. A grand gathering is held every year on 10th of Muharram with extreme respect and devotion in commemoration of martyrdom of Imam Hussain. Moreover, the urs (death anniversary) of the spiritual leaders of Sarwari Qadri order are also celebrated with great respect and devotion. During these ceremonies, the teachings of Faqr are highlighted through the biographies of these Saints that are a source of inspiration for the seekers of Allah. Celebrations of these sacred events require a considerable amount of expenditure. Your funding for these expenditures shall surely bring you a great reward.
Information Technology Department:
Department of information technology has been established to introduce and propagate the teachings of Faqr through the internet. The IT department has set up the below websites so far. It continues to work on more ways of spreading the message of Faqr through the internet and social media platforms.
The teachings and blessings of Faqr are being propagated all over the world through these websites. A lot of people have joined the way of Faqr after visiting them and have gained immense knowledge about it. These websites are supervised and updated regularly. Hosting and maintenance of these websites costs a lot. Your financial help in this department will be a great favour to promote teachings of Islam.
There are many disciples who have devoted themselves completely for the cause of Allah. They always remain busy in preaching Islam and inviting people towards Faqr. Due to their complete devotion, they are so occupied in it that they cannot find time to earn livelihood to fulfil their needs. They never ask for financial help from anyone. To assist and support them financially is indeed a sadaqa-e-jaaria.
Poor and Needy Devotees:
There are many deprived and needy devotees in Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr who are unable to fulfil their basic needs. They have also devoted themselves for Allah’s cause and are serving His religion. Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr supports them financially. You are also requested to support them.
This is your privilege to decide whom you give charity, zakat, sadaqa and fitrana. Wherever you give, your heart must be satisfied. If you decide to donate to Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr, we welcome you graciously. You may directly assist any department or you may leave it upon the discretion of our organization to use it where needed. For your satisfaction you are always welcome to check the output of your financial aid.
Sources to Send Donations:
You can money order us on the address of central office of Tehreek Dawat-e-Faqr given below;
Address: Sultan-ul-Faqr House 4-5/A Extension Education Town Wahdat Road Lahore, Pakistan. Postal Code: 54790
You can also send us your donations through Easy Paisa and Mobi Cash. For this, please contact us on following numbers:
- 0321 4254906
- 0321 4507000
- 0322 4722766
Devotees from countries other than Pakistan can send donations, zakat and sadaqa through Western Union, Money Gram or any other remittance service to:
- Moghees Afzal -CNIC 35202-2915149-3, cell # 03004737607
- IBAN # – PK19MUCB0000000002859898
Every Sunday, you can present your donations and zakat directly to Sultan-ul-Ashiqeen Sultan Mohammad Najib-ur-Rehman.
May Allah bless us with the ability to serve the Fakirs and spend in the way of Allah as much as possible so that we may please Him and find His closeness. Ameen