One of the insincerely criticism made by the ones who are searching contradiction in the Qur’an which is the word of Allah is the subject regarding the charity giving of the people before meeting with the Prophet of Allah in the al-Mujadilah Surah Verse 12. When the real meaning of this verse which they think that the prophet requires charity from the ones who request meeting is understood, this absurd slander will also be exposed. The related verses that are subject to this claim are as follows;
O you who believe! When you converse privately with the Messenger, offer something in charity before your conversation. That is better for you, and purer. But if you do not find the means—God is Forgiving and Merciful. (al-Mujadilah Surah, 12)
Are you reluctant to offer charity before your conversation? If you do not do so, and God pardons you, then perform the prayer, and give alms, and obey God and His Messenger. God is Aware of what you do. (al-Mujadilah Surah, 13)
First, we need to know what the word “charity” means. Let’s remember what charity means;
(صدق) Sa-De-Qa This root word is one of the most beautiful words. This word which is the opposite of KEZEBE=Lying, deny means telling the truth, be correct, confirming. There are many derivations of this word: SADIK = Loyal person
SADİK = Intimate friend (person who treats other person truthfully) TASDİK = Verification SIDK = Trueness SADAKA = Property given for prove truthfulness, sincerity, friendship MUSADDIK = Declarator
Charities are for the poor, and the destitute, and those who administer them, and for reconciling hearts, and for freeing slaves, and for those in debt, and in the path of God, and for the traveler in need—an obligation from God. God is All-Knowing, Most Wise.(at-Tawbah Surah,60)
Hence as ordered in at-Tawbah Surah Verse 60, we must prove our truthfulness, sincerity to;
– poor people, – wretched people, – deprived people, – unemployed people, – working officers, – ones whose hearts to be filled with love, – people under the yoke and to be freed, – highly indebted people, – people en route to Allah , – stranded people.
So, we should give charity to those people. Also, there is an important point; We should give the best of the blessings we have as charity.
To summarize, it is ordered in the al-Mujadilah Surah verse 12 to PROVE YOUR SINCERITY before meeting with the prophet. It is not said to give money to him. Besides, it is forbidden for the Prophets/Messengers to make statements for money in both Ya-Seen Surah verse 21 and many verses in the Qur’an. Of course not only Prophets but also any believer can’t make religious statements for money. According to the Qur’an, this situation is forbidden. Therefore, the claims put forward in this short narrative are slander and totally devoid of sincerity.