Among the factors that contribute to one’s happiness are performing acts of kindness to others and giving charity.
“Spend of that with which We have provided for you…”
“The men and the women who give Sadaqaat [i.e. Zakah, and alms, etc.].”
“And the likeness of those who spend their wealth seeking Allah’s Pleasure while they in their ownselves are sure and certain that Allah will reward them [for their spending in His Cause], is the likeness of a garden on a height; heavy rainfalls on it and it doubles its yield of harvest. And if it does not receive heavy rain, light rain suffices it.”
“And let not your hand be tied [like a miser] to your neck…”
Miserly people are deplorable in their manners and are always ill at ease. They are stingy in sharing the favors of Allah. If the miser only knew that he would achieve happiness by spending money on those who are poor, then he would surely race to give charity.
“If you lend to Allah a goodly loan [i.e. spend in Allah’s Cause] he will double it for you, and will forgive you.”
“And whosoever is saved from his own covetousness, such are they who will be the successful.”
“And those who spend out of what we have provided for them [i.e. give Zakah, spend on themselves, their parents, their children, their wives, etc. and also give charity to the poor and also in Allah s Cause- Jihad, etc].”
A man said to his wife:
“If you have prepared a meal, invite
A voracious eater, for I cannot bear to eat by myself”
Then he said to her, proclaiming his philosophy:
“Name a generous person who died from being generous,
Or a miserly one who lived forever, and I will desist.”