How to be best at giving?
Share your expertise to help yourself and others excel; one of the best ways to learn is to teach. To achieve the best, you will have to give your best, if needed and doable, including your life, time, money, possessions, knowledge, expertise, and efforts (Yassine, 1981). The more you give for a noble cause the better you get from God, hence more success in this life for the next.
Thank God for entrusting you with what you can give; do not betray the trust. Thank Him for giving you an opportunity to give, and for finding someone who is in need of what you have and is willing to accept it. Thank whom you are giving for being a cause for your resulting reward and raised status. Be the first at giving and at offering help before you are even asked to. Seek God’s forgiveness for not giving as much as you can or should and for any showing off. And sincerely wish you had more to give; you’ll be rewarded for it even if you can’t give it. Always be willing and ready to give your soul for a right cause.
How to be best at spending?
Spend on the needy more than what religion/state requires. “A child dies of hunger every six seconds, and hunger now kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.” (Blake, 2008). The most faithful like others to be fed as they do for themselves. “One of you will not have full faith until he likes for his brother (in humanity) what he likes for himself.”
Spend from that which is properly earned . Spend freely from what you love. Spend when there is an urgent need for it, before the Victory. Spend while you are healthy and miserly, fear poverty, and hope to be wealthy. Spend first on your dependentsSaḥīḥ Muslim; Ḥādīth narrated by Thawbān, may God be pleased with him “The best dinar that a man can spend is the one spent on his children, [then] the one spent on his vehicle for the sake of God, [then] the one spent on his friends in the cause of God.” [أفضل دينار ينفقه الرجل دينار ينفقه على عياله ودينار ينفقه الرجل على دابته في سبيل الله ودينار ينفقه على أصحابه في سبيل الله]
but moderately to be able to spend on the needy. Spend the maximum in proportion to your wealth, not in proportion to what others spend ; $1 donated out of $2 is superior to $100,000 donated out of an abundant wealth worth millions of dollars.