1st Sha'baan, 1421 - Charity
All praise belongs to Almighty Allah (swt), the Lord of the Universe.
They will ask thee (O Our Apostle Muhammad) as to what they should spend on others. Say: "Whatever of your wealth you spend, shall (first) be for your parents, and for the near kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer; and whatever good you do, verily God has full knowledge thereof." (Holy Quran 2:215)
If you perform deeds of charity openly, it is well; but if you bestow it upon the needy in secret, it will be even better for you, and it will atone for some of your sins. And God is aware of all that you do. (Holy Quran 2:271)
As noted in the blessed verses of the Holy Quran, charity is a very virtuous act in the religion on Islam. In order for society to strive forward, the wealthy have to support and help the less fortunate amongst us, for miserliness is not a quality of a momin. Giving of charity is not only the responsibility of the privileged. Rather, each individual ought to give charity according to his or her own capability.
It is reported from the Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (as) that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saww) has said, "Charity in secret quiets the wrath of God, and takes away ones sin as the water puts out the fire and keeps away seventy kinds of calamities."
With the coming of the Holy Month of Ramadhan, it
is important that we appreciate the significance of charity, and inshallah purify
ourselves by giving alms.