Sadaqah or charity is such a comprehensive and beautiful action that there are several virtues and benefits of giving Sadaqah in the Prophet narrations. In fact, several actions are deemed as Sadaqah in Hadith.
Charity does not decrease wealth hadith is one of the beautiful Hadith on Sadaqah narrated by Imam Muslim.
Charity Does Not Decrease Wealth Hadith
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: Charity does not decrease wealth, no one forgives another except that Allah increases his honor, and no one humbles himself for the sake of Allah except that Allah raises his status.
Charity Does Not Decrease Wealth Hadith In Arabic
عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ” مَا نَقَصَتْ صَدَقَةٌ مِنْ مَالٍ وَمَا زَادَ اللَّهُ عَبْدًا بِعَفْوٍ إِلاَّ عِزًّا وَمَا تَوَاضَعَ أَحَدٌ لِلَّهِ إِلاَّ رَفَعَهُ اللَّهُ ” .
Source: Sahih Muslim 2588
The Prophet said: ‘Wealth does not diminish by giving out charity’. When one desires to give charity, the Devil would say: ‘If you give charity, your wealth will diminish.
You have one hundred dollars, if you spend ten out of it you will have ninety left, and your wealth will be reduced. So do not give out charity. Anytime you give out charity, your wealth will be reduced.
However, the one who does not speak of his own desires has said‘Wealth does not diminish by giving out charity’.
So charity does not decrease wealth; why? Although the wealth may be reduced in quantity but it will increase in worth and blessing. Thus, this ten dollars can transform to a hundred (dollars) as Allah- the Mighty and Sublime – has said:“
And whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allah’s Cause), He will replace it.Surah Saba: 39
That is, he would make a quick compensation for you and a reward in the Hereafter. Allah- the Mighty and Sublime – also says:
“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains.”Surah Baqarah 261
So the Muslims are approaching the month of Ramadan and the month is also drawing close to them, and it is the month of strivings and generosity.
The Prophet SAW was the most generous of people and the greatest giver, and he was usually at his best in Ramadan when Jibreel meets him to teach him the Qur’an.
Thus, the Prophet SAW was more beneficial than the wind that is sent by Allah – the Mighty and Sublime.
The wind sent by Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – is extremely swift, but the Prophet SAW was faster in bestowing goodness in the month of Ramadan.
So, it is important to spend by giving Zakat or voluntary charity in Ramadan because it is a month of goodness, blessing and spending.
After quoting this statement of the Prophet SAW that: ‘Wealth does not diminish by giving charity’, most people would add ‘rather it increases it, rather it increases it’.
This addition is not authentic from the Prophet SAW; what is authentic is only the first statement.
So the increment on wealth spent in charity is either in quantity or worth. The example of the first is that Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – will open unanticipated path to riches for you. The example of the second is that Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – will send blessing to your remaining wealth.