In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Quran: Chapter 5 ‘Wal Muhsanaat’, Sura: 4 ‘An-Nisa’ ‘The Women’,
Verse 38: And (also) those who spend of their wealth to be seen of men, and believe not in Allah and the Last Day [they are the friends of Shaitan, Satan.], and whoever takes Shaitan, Satan as an intimate; then what a dreadful intimate he has!
Difficult words: an intimate: a close friend.
Notes by samia2010oct: Spending money or giving off money to others, with the intention of just showing off so that whoever sees it or hears about it acknowledges the generosity of the giver and the spend thriftiness of the spender. When spending money or giving anything as charity the intentions should be for Allah, then Allah gives the rewards. If the intentions are not for Allah they are for others to see, actually they are for Satan and so the rewards should also be expected from the other people and from Satan. Allah does not reward the actions which are not intended for Him. One forgets Allah when one spends money or gives charity for others to see that’s because one is thinking about other people at that moment and not at all thinking about Allah. If one had remembered Allah while spending or giving charity then he could never think of showing off or never wanted people to appreciate it. He would have only wanted to make Allah happy by his spending and only expected rewards from Him All-Mighty. There is too much emphasis on spending in the Noble Quran and in this Verse 38 Allah Orders not to spend for others to see and to get other’s appreciation. This should not be the intention while spending for self or for charity.
One can tell people about the charities he gave, not mentioning to whom he gave, just to encourage them to do so.
To spend wealth for others to see is Big Sin, Gunaahe Kabira. For Big Sins, Gunaahe Kabira, there is the punishment of unbearable burning of whole body by Unending Fire.