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2:261 The parable of those who spend their substance in the way of Allah

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The parable of those who spend their substance in the way of Allah is that of a grain of corn: it groweth seven ears, and each ear Hath a hundred grains. Allah giveth manifold increase to whom He pleaseth: And Allah careth for all and He knoweth all things.

Ibn Kathir writes,

Rewards of Spending in Allah’s Cause

Allah says;

The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way
of Allah, is that of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears,
and each ear has a hundred grains.

This is a parable that Allah made of the
multiplication of rewards for those who spend in
His cause, seeking His pleasure. Allah multiplies
the good deed ten to seven hundred times.

Allah said,

(The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah…),

Sa`id bin Jubayr commented,

“Meaning spending in Allah’s obedience.”

Makhul said that the Ayah means,

Spending on Jihad, on horse stalls, weapons
and so forth.”

The parable in the Ayah is more impressive on the heart
than merely mentioning the number seven hundred. This
Ayah indicates that Allah `grows’ the good deeds for its
doers, just as He grows the plant for whoever sows it in
fertile land.

The Sunnah also mentions that the deeds are multiplied
up to seven hundred folds. For instance, Imam Ahmad
recorded that Abu Mas`ud said that a man once gave
away a camel, with its bridle on, in the cause of Allah
and the Messenger of Allah said,

On the Day of Resurrection, you will have seven
hundred camels with their bridles.

Muslim and An-Nasa’i also recorded this Hadith,
and Muslim’s narration reads,

“A man brought a camel with its bridle on and
said, `O Messenger of Allah! This is in the sake of

The Messenger said,

You will earn seven hundred camels as reward for
it on the Day of Resurrection.

Another Hadith:
Ahmad recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the
Messenger of Allah said,

Every good deed that the son of Adam performs
will be multiplied ten folds, to seven hundred
folds, to many other folds, to as much as Allah

Allah said, “Except the fast, for it is for Me and I
will reward for it. One abandons his food and
desire in My sake.”

The fasting person has two times of happiness:
when he breaks his fast and when he meets his

Verily, the odor that comes from the mouth of
whoever fasts is more pure to Allah than the
scent of musk.

Fasting is a shield (against sinning), fasting is a
Muslim recorded this Hadith

Allah’s statement,

Allah gives manifold increase to whom He wills,
is according to the person’s sincerity in his deeds.

And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, AllKnower.
meaning, His Favor is so wide that it
encompasses much more than His creation, and
He has full knowledge in whoever deserves it, or
does not deserve it.
All the praise and thanks are due to Allah.


Kathir, Ibn. Tafsir Ibn Kathir. (surah 2 verse 261).

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