Importance of charity in Islam

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Importance of charity in Islam

Charity is how to bring Prosperity, justice, balance and kindness to each society and community. It’s our hope that the Muslim community fulfills their charitable duty correctly and does their part to eliminate poverty in communities everywhere.

Why is Charity So Important in Islam?

ZAKAT or charity: Third Pillar of Islam, a significant teaching. Being charitable and providing help to those who are needy, is an important characteristic of the Muslim character.

Why is charity so important or of great significance or value?

The existence of numerous starving, poor, hungry, needy and destitute Muslims and non-Muslims within the world necessitates this essential teaching to be put into daily practice. Wealthy Muslims might not realize how their wealth could strengthen whole communities. Giving charity correctly is crucial to both the well-being of the needy and the ultimate happiness of the rich. The Prophet (P.B.U.H) emphasized this principle repeatedly.

Many different kinds of charities are defined in Islam, the 2 most vital being

ZAKAT (Obligatory Charity)

ZAKAT may be a specific, standardized percentage of one’s extra wealth (over and above the necessities of life) that has to go to the poor and people in need.

Sadqah (Voluntary Charity).

Sadaqah are often given to anyone in many forms including a smile, wise advice, or helping to create a home or masjid.

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said: “Your smile for your brother is a charity. Your removal of stones, thorns or bones from the paths of people is a charity. Your guidance of a person who is lost is a charity.” (Bukhari)

Another Hadith illustrates the importance of each a part of a person’s body performing a charity:

 “A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity; a good word is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)

Perpetual Charity

If an individual performs a deed that continues to profit others during a great way , the performer of the deed will still collect the rewards for her single act for as long because it benefits others (even after the person passes away). This is often mentioned as sadaqa jariyah, or perpetual charity.

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said: “When a person dies his works end, except for three: ongoing charity, knowledge that is benefited from, and a righteous child who prays for him.” (Muslim, Al-Tirmidhi, others). The degree of the reward depends on the degree and significance of the advantage of the charitable act, and to what degree the charity was given for the sake of Allah.

Doomsday

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

On the day when all other shade are going to be gone, Allah will shade and shelter those that give charity and look after the poor. The Muslim’s sacrifices during this life are going to be their protection on the Day of Judgment.

A  Door to Shelter from Calamity

By sacrificing a part of one’s wealth and giving it in charity, the individual is guaranteeing protection for themselves from tragedy and misfortune.

The Prophet said: “Give charity at without postponing, for it stands within the way of calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

Supporting Needy Families

It is acceptable to offer one’s charity to those in need in one’s circle of relatives.

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:“To give something to a poor man brings one reward, while giving the same to a needy relation brings two: one for charity and the other for respecting the family ties.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

Hidden or not easily recognized danger of Greed

The longer someone holds onto money and fails to share it as charity, the harder it’s going to be afterward to spare that wealth. Hiding away one’s wealth and depriving the needy of even a little kindness won’t only come to haunt the greedy, but their misfortune are going to be multiplied and that they are going to be led down a misguided path.

The Prophet said: “Avoid doing injustice to others, for on the Day of Judgment, it will turn into manifold darkness, and safeguard yourself against miserliness, for it ruined those who were before you. It incited them to murder and treating the unlawful as lawful.” (Muslim)