1. It will give you Baraka in your Rizq. Barakah is the Islamic equivalent of productivity. It is the attachment of Divine goodness to a thing, so if it occurs in something little, it increases it. And if baraka occurs in something it brings holistic good to that thing.
In a Hadeeth Qudsi, Allah says: “O son of Adam, spend (in charity), and I’ll spend on you!” According to the perception of the modern mind charity diminishes wealth. However, the Messenger said that “Wealth is not diminished by charity”. According to our belief; charity granted in the name of Allah blesses wealth and brings Baraka. Allah, the Absolute Possessor, grants ways of increasing wealth for the person who willingly grants charity for the sake of Allah and warms the hearts of people to the charity giver; thus charity increases his trade potential. In another narration, the Prophet was quoted as saying: “Save your commodities by alms, treat your patients with charity, prepare against the evil deed with prayers.”
2. It is a communal obligation: There are two types of obligations within the Shariah. The first type are Individual Obligations, these are acts such as praying and fasting. If a Muslim fulfills these obligations then they are meeting their minimum personal obligation to Allah ﷻ.
The second type is Communal Obligations. These obligations fall upon the community as a whole, they are the provision of services that a Muslim community needs to function and grow. Communal obligations are facilities and services such as Mosques, Janazah Services, educational institutions, social institutions, counseling, marriage and divorce services and recreational space. If these needs of the community are not met then the entire community is in a state of sin before Allah ﷻ. This campaign is one step in helping Muslims in New Zealand fulfill their individual and communal obligations. The Lote Tree Trust mission is to make it easy to be Muslim in New Zealand. All the projects we do are projects which are important components of a healthy functioning Muslim community. These projects are dictated by the Shariah and are categorized as communal obligations.
“And it is not for the believers to go forth all at once. For there should separate from every division of them a group to obtain understanding in the religion and warn their people when they return to them that they might be cautious.” (Qur’an 9:122)
The needs of the Muslim community in New Zealand are forever increasing, and whilst there are many important and beneficial initiatives in our community there are still gaps. The Lote Tree Trust aims to bridge these gaps with the different projects that it offers. Dar Al Quran aims to provide local Muslims with a traditional, yet contextualised and appropriate Islamic education, in a time when outsourcing this to overseas institutions is becoming increasingly hard. Through facilitating the cultivation of local scholars it releases our community from the obligation that rests on all our shoulders. Allah says : “Allah does not charge a soul except (with that which is within) its capacity.” (Qur’an 2:286). We all can’t dedicate our time, or even large portions of it to teaching and learning or community work. However through supporting it we can have a portion of carrying the responsibility of conveying the message of our Prophet. We enjoy the gift of faith through the trials and sacrifices that primarily our Prophet (ﷺ) and his companions made, and secondarily through that of our parents, elders and those who came before. It is important that we protect the faith and identity of our future generations by supporting causes that aim to do so. “And let there be [arising] from you a nation inviting to [all that is] good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, and those will be successful.” (Qur’an 3:104)
There are many unmet communal obligations in our community each deserving of urgency but we need to start somewhere. The Lote Tree Trust board and Dar Al Quran teachers in consultation with other scholars have identified the services and facilities outlined above as the most urgent needs for our community and once completed and made sustainable the next services can be explored.
As long as a community is not meeting its communal obligation then that entire community is in a state of sin. This is about Allah ﷻ and following the example of the Prophet (ﷺ) in exhausting all means to fulfill our duties, not our personal ambitions. Communal obligations in Muslim communities have traditionally been resourced by endowments and local government and supplemented by sadaqa of the Muslim community. Being an emerging community in a country where no such endowments have been established and such community functions are not within the purview of the government, it is our responsibility as Muslims to finance and serve these needs.