IMPORTANCE OF CHARITY IN ISLAM

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In Islam there is great importance of charity. Islam emphasis too much to help poor and needy. Holy Prophet always helped poor and needy people without fear of poverty. Holy Prophet was the most generous in this world.
In Islam meaning of charity are so clear. Islam has given the complete rules for charity. Islam tells that charity is liability to whom Muslim and whom are deserving for the charity. Charity is a way replacing the sins of a Muslim into virtues. There are some important points from which we can assess the importance of charity:-
ACT OF GOODNESS:
Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that “Every act of goodness is charity”-Sahih Muslim, Hadith 496
It means when we do any action with the intention of goodness of someone than it is considered in charity.
EVERY MUSLIM IS LIABLE FOR CHARITY:
Holy prophet (PBUH) emphasis on every Muslim to give charity. There many Hadiths which proves the concern of Holy Prophet in this matter. Holy prophet (PBUH) said that “Every Muslim has to give in charity.”
2.5% EVERY YEAR
Allah has ordered Muslims to give 2.5 % of what they have to help needy people in charity. Allah says in Quran, “O you who believe! Spend out of what we have given you” (2:254).
Secrecy of Charity
If you are giving something in charity keep it secret. Allah says in the Holy Quran, “If you give charity openly then what a good thing it is; and if you give to beggars in secret it is better for you than everything, and He will remove some of your sins. And Allah is Aware of what you do.“(Qur’an 2:271).
Love for Allah
Charity takes a person nearer to Allah. Your charity will only be worthy if you give it only to obey the orders of Allah instead of getting fame in the eyes of other people.
Removal of Sins
Charity is a way to remove your sins. It invites the mercy and blessings of Allah. When you give charity, give it to obey Allah and keep the dignity of the needy person.

Humbleness
One must show your humbleness while giving the charity. Do not show pride by your words and actions. Feeling pride will make your giving worthless.
Zakat
There is a concept of Zakat in Islam. Principle of Zakat makes an equal distribution of wealth in a society possible. To pay Zakat is also an obligation of every Muslim.
Sacrificing dearest things
Charity does not mean giving what you think is useless. Instead giving charity to obey Allah means give what you like the most. Sacrifice your dearest things for Allah who gave you all these things.
There are different ways to give charity. Give such things in charity from which the people could get continuous benefits, i.e. build a mosque or a water system. Our Holy Prophet (S.A.W) says, “When a person dies, his works end, except for three: ongoing charity, knowledge that is benefited from, and a righteous child who prays for him.” [Muslim, Tirmidhi].
If Allah has given you health, you must not be greedy. Rather, use your wealth to help other only for Allah, who gave you all you have. The worldly wealth is nothing. The real thing is to win the love of your creator, Allah by giving charity in Islam.

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