(In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, all praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger)
Islam teaches us the lesson of helping the poor and the needy in the time of need when they are most deprived of things that are otherwise the necessities of life. In the Holy Quran, Allah Almighty has mentioned at different places the significance of Zakat, but at the same time, the word charity has also been used as an important task that we should perform every now and then.
“Amongst them are men who made a covenant with Allah, that if He bestowed on them of His bounty they would give (largely) in charity, and be truly amongst those who are righteous.”(Surah At-Taubah)
So, apart from Zakat, charity is also equally important. Although Zakat is a farz worship and has to be carried out by people who are able to pay Zakat. Charity is something which is optional but if given, it is ‘ahsan’ meaning it is liked by Allah Almighty. In this regard, hajjahnazihacharity is equally important.
“Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity: for He loveth not creatures ungrateful and wicked.”(Surah Al- Baqarah) (Quran Online)
The purpose of mankind in this world is to carry out actions of community service and to help other creatures of GOD, apart from worshipping Him. When people are helped without an expectation of the reward, it is most liked by Allah and he has great rewards for people who shoe humility. He says in the Holy Quran:
“In most of their secret talks there is no good: but if one exhorts to a deed of charity or justice or conciliation between men, (secrecy is permissible): to him who does this, seeking the good pleasure of Allah, We shall soon give a reward of the highest (value).”(Surah An-Nisa)
This verse means that if you do some good, then you must refrain from bragging about it because the goodness in it dies and the whole act is compromised.
“That which ye lay out for increase through the property of (other) people, will have no increase with Allah: but that which ye give for charity, seeking the Countenance of Allah (will increase): it is these who will get a recompense multiplied.”(Surah Ar-Room)
Through the act of charity, the property of a person is blessed, and as the verse explains, if it is done for seeking countenance, then Allah Almighty compensates the giver with multiplied returns.
At one other occasion, the Holy Quran says:
“And stay quietly in your houses, and make not a dazzling display, like that of the former Times of Ignorance; and establish regular Prayer, and give regular charity; and obey Allah and His Messenger. And Allah only wishes to remove all abomination from you, ye Members of the Family, and to make you pure and spotless.”(Surah Al-Ahzab)
This verse encompasses the whole concept of a charity. May Allah help us with the understandings that He blessed us with to perform the actions that please Him. Quran Online is a place available on the internet from where one can learn how to read the Holy Quran via Internet.