Importance of Charity in Islam :
‘Charity does not decrease wealth’ (Muslim) Our Prophet Muhammadﷺ promised us that when we give charity or sadaqa our wealth does not decrease, it can actually increase by up to 10 times more. Allah finds a way to provide in amazing ways smile emoticon and if we truly understood this Hadith many more of us would give a lot more. So today support HOTD and help spread knowledge to over 11 million Muslims globally. Imagine the reward for spreading knowledge to millions of people. May Allah reward your generosity.
When you are charitable to a needy person, you benefit yourself more than you benefit them because you just made a deposit into your own account with Allah.
WHY IS CHARITY SO IMPORTANT IN ISLAM?
You know that zakat, or charity, is the Third Pillar of Islam, a major teaching. Being charitable and providing for the needy are important components of the Muslim character. Why is charity so vital?
The existence of countless starving, poor, hungry and destitute Muslims and non-Muslims in the world points to the need for this essential teaching to be put into practice. Affluent Muslims may not realize how their wealth could strengthen whole communities. Giving charity correctly is crucial to both the well-being of the needy as well as the ultimate happiness of the wealthy. The Prophet emphasized this principle repeatedly.
The Forms of Charity :
The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ ) said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 604
The Prophet ﷺ also said: “Every act of goodness is charity.” – Sahih Muslim, Hadith 496
Several different categories of charity are defined in Islam, the two most essential being zakat (obligatory charity) and sadaqa (voluntary charity). Zakat is a particular, standardized percentage of one’s extra wealth (over and above the necessities of life) that must be given to the poor and those in need. Sadaqa can be given to anyone in many forms including a smile, wise advice, or helping to build a home or masjid.
SMILING IS CHARITY :
The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ ) 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)
BEST FORM OF CHARITY :
The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ ) said: “Shall I guide you to the best (form of) charity? It is to provide for your daughter when she (returns) to you (because of divorce or other circumstances) and has no one but you to provide for her.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1296
Another Hadith illustrates the importance of every 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)
Charity Increases Sustenance And Protects Wealth
Helping Family in Need
It is acceptable to give one’s charity to those in need in one’s own family.
The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ ) 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)