Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Stinginess Is Worse For Them Who Hoard


Stinginess Is Worse For Them Who Hoard

Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran (The Family Of ‘Imran, Chapter – 3)

Verses –180 of 200, Section –18 (Part – 4)


And let not those who hoard up that which Allah hath bestowed upon them of His Bounty think that it is better for them. Nay, It is worse for them. That which they hoard will be their collar on the Day of Resurrection. And Allah’s is the heritage of the heavens and the earth. And Allah is Aware of what ye do.  

Wa  laa  yah-sabannal-laziina  yab-khaluuna  bimaaa  ‘aataa-  humullaahu  min-  fazlihii  huwa  khay-rallahum.  Bal  huwa  sharrul-lahum.  Sayu-taw-waquuna  maa  bakhiluu  bihii  Yawmal-Qiyaamah.  Wa  lil-laahi  miraasus-samaawaati  wal-‘arz.  Wallaahu  bimaa  ta’-maluuna  Khabiir. 




Primary part of Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan belonged to the circumstances of the People of the Scripture, (the Jews and the Christians). The event of the Battle of ‘Uhud  had been described in the midst of these lessons to disclose the condition of Hypocrites. Now from here the mention about the People of the Scripture has begun again, because the Jews used to become cause of more harmful to the Muslims and most of the Hypocrites also belonged to this creed.


Allah Almighty commands that those Hypocrites, who escape from the crusade of Islam out of the Jews, they also shirk from spending their wealth in the Way of Allah Almighty. But as it is not in their favor to get rein for some days in the world due to evading from the religious crusade, in such a manner, hoarding by stinginess cannot be useful for them. On the Day of Resurrection, this treasure, which they have collected by hoarding, shall become their collar in the form of torment.


The Muslims have also been warned that they should not slip away from paying Zakaat (Alms and charity) and other necessary expenditures in the path of religion. Otherwise, the person, who will adopt the custom of Hypocrites by hoarding, he also will be punished in such a manner. It has come in the Sayings of the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him), that those persons, who do not pay Zakaat, their treasures will be put in their collars like a frightful large serpent.


Allah Almighty has told a determined truth that, “Allah’s is the heritage of the heavens and the earth”. After death, you will leave every thing in this world. Therefore, every thing will remain in the possession of Allah Almighty. If any person spends for the cause (in the Way) of Allah Almighty, then yours will be a vast reward. Allah Almighty knows intentions and deeds of every body. He recognizes that who hoards and who is generous. He will grant retaliation according to the deeds. So, each person should spend with stout heart in the Path of Allah Almighty.  



  Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore and translated Urdu to English  by Muhammad Sharif.