What is Charty in Islam?
Giving money (charity) to the poor is an emblem of Islam and a sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). He was never asked for anything, except that he gave it. and he would give without fearing poverty. People said that he was more generous than the “sent wind” that brings the rain clouds.
“Those who spend (in the cause of Allah) privately or publicly. by night and day, have their reward with their Lord. And (on the Day of Resurrection) they shall neither fear nor grieve.” (Al-Baqarah 2:274)
Allah says in the Holy:
“And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: and whatever good ye send forth for your souls before you ye shall find it with Allah; for Allah sees well all that ye do.” (Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 110)
Charity for Women:
A woman lost her husband through death. She decided to give charity on his husband’s behalf. One Friday night she cooked some food and asked her son to deliver it to a poor man who lived near their house. While sending the food the son of dead man’s felt very hungry but he controlled himself and after delivering the charity. he returned his home hungry and went to bed.
The next Friday the women again cooked food to deliver it to the poor man. On the third Friday, the orphan during sending the food to the poor man, could not control himself and ate the whole food on the way. That night the widow saw his dead husband in the dream who told her that: “That night was the first night whence he received the reward of the charity she had given. while the charities she had given before had not reached him.”
The widow got up and doubting that her son had committed a mistake, she went to investigate the situation. Her little son said that I had delivered the food to the poor man. During last two Fridays I had fulfilled my duty but on this Friday I had eaten the food because I was very hungry.
It was then that the widow understood that her son needs the food more than the poor neighbor. Thus we need to give charity to our near kith and kin before we look further.
Almighty Allah (SWT) says in the Noble Qur’an:
“But he would not attempt the uphill road, and what will make you comprehend what the uphill road is? (It is) the setting free of a slave, or the giving of food in a day of hunger. To an orphan, having relationship, or to the poor man lying in the dust.” (90:11-16)
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) also said:
“Charity given to a relative it serves a double purpose, being both charity and a connecting link.” (Tirmidhi)
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