Charity is a central tenet of Islam: everything one has belongs to God, and therefore, a Muslim is obliged to share wealth with those less fortunate. There are three primary forms of charity in Islam: Zakat, sadaqah, and waqf. Sadaqa is voluntary charitable giving and appears several times in the Qur’an: ‘They feed, for the love of Allah, the indigent, the orphan and the captive’ (76:8).
Islamic charity can be seen as an act of worship or ibadah. It does not necessarily need to be monetary; actions such as feeding someone who is hungry or helping a sick person also form part of this broad term. A charity that involves money is often referred to as sadaqah. Charity can also include giving and lending things to other people; this charity is called Zakat. Zakat, which means purification, is an obligation on all Muslims who meet specific criteria relating to their wealth and possessions.
It has been described as ‘purifying the soul and removing the rust from one’s heart.’ There are eight zakat recipients: the poor, elderly, orphans, widows, debtors, those in captivity (slaves), travelers, and amaranth or trusts.
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Islam encourages charitable giving because it rewards both the giver and the receiver with benefits in this life and an eternal place in paradise for those who die. Yet, at the same time, they still owe a debt -a common occurrence for many of the poor.
In addition, the charity helps society as a whole; by helping those less fortunate, it both encourages good people to do more and discourages terrible people from doing evil things – an example is if there is a thief, they will not be able to steal so much if there are other people who can help them acquire food and nourishment that they need.
The most well-known charity in Islam is Zakat, which was mentioned above. Muslims must pay 2 1/2% of their savings each year. It has been called ‘the single most important social welfare program ever devised.’ Since before Islam, charity tax systems have existed since Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) introduced the concept of Zakat but did not alter the existing systems.
Charity is not limited to monetary contributions, however, and has been mentioned in the Qur’an as part of ‘enjoining good and forbidding evil’; that is, telling those who do bad things and telling them they are wrong. Furthermore, Islam encourages Muslims to be charitable with their time and money: donating blood, for example, can be seen as a generous contribution because it saves lives; just doing something like looking after someone’s children if they need some help is an act of charity also. Therefore, a charity in Islam is not simply giving someone something: It involves allying oneself with others.
Some people say that charity should only be given when a person isn’t suffering from any form of financial difficulty themselves; this belief comes.
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