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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of Allah
(swt), the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

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لَن تَنَالُواْ الْبِرَّ حَتَّى تُنفِقُواْ مِمَّا تُحِبُّونَ وَمَا تُنفِقُواْ مِن شَيْءٍ فَإِنَّ اللّهَ بِهِ عَلِيمٌ
Ye will not attain unto piety until ye spend of that which ye love. And whatsoever ye spend, Allah (swt) is Aware thereof.
[Al Qur’an – Surah al Imran (003:092)]

What is meant by charity in Islam?

Charity, for which the expression used in the Holy Quran, is ‘spending out of what God has given you’, means your energy, talent, resources, money, possessions, or whatever else to help and do good those in need. In Islam, charity is very often mentioned alongside prayers because just as the latter is man’s relationship with Allah (swt), or man’s duty toward Allah (swt), the former (charity) represents his relations with fellow-beings and indeed with all the creation of Allah (swt). Prayer expresses love for Allah (swt), submission to Him, and a desire to bring out the Divine qualities that lie hidden in every person. Charity is an expression of sympathy and benevolence towards Allah’s (swt) creation, outing into actual practice the lessons you learn in prayer.

How important is charity?

Being charitable is very strongly urged upon the Muslims, so much so that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saws) has said that on every limb of the body, doing a charitable deed is due every day, whether it is with the hands, feet, or tongue. There is no person at all who cannot do a deed of charity to others. According to our Prophet Muhammad (saws), if someone has nothing to give, he should work and earn and give out of that; if he still doesn’t have anything to give, he should help someone in distress, and if he is unable, for some reason, to do even that, he should try to any good he can refrain from doing any harm to anyone.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saws) said:
“When one of you is poor, he starts with himself. If anything is left, he spends it on his dependants. If anything is (still left) then on his relatives, and then, if more is left, he spends it here and there.
(Related from Jabir)

The Practice of Sadaqa:

The Prophet (saws) was the most generous of men. He used to give with his own hands. When asked for anything, he never refused. If he had nothing to give, he would borrow from one of his companions and pay him later.

The wives of the Prophet (saws) were also known for their alms giving. Zainab bint Khuzaimah (r) was the most generous and was called by the Prophet “longest in arm”. She was also known as the ‘mother of the poor’ (umm al- masakin) for her alms giving. Aisha (r), the youngest wife of the Prophet (saws) too was known as the ‘mother of the poor’.

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Written by al Muddaththir

June 3, 2008 at 5:04 pm

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