Being caring and charitable for one’s fellow human beings is an essential part of Islam. When reading the Quran, one cannot help being struck by the number of times charity is mentioned.
- Feeding the poor and needy
- Supporting orphans
- Supporting relatives and travellers
“When a person dies, all their deeds end except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them,” (Hadith, Muslim).
Therefore, Muslims are eager to give charity which will continue to have benefits to people after their death and continue to earn the rewards.
Here question is that what types of donations Islam considers charity. There are many types of donations that Islam considered charity. Some of these are discussed below:
Sadaqa (charity) is charity given voluntarily in order to please God. Sadaqah also describes a voluntary charitable act towards others, whether through generosity, love, compassion, or faith. These acts are not necessarily physical or monetary.
Zakat is one of the five core obligations (pillars) of Islam. It requires every Muslim to give a set proportion of his or her wealth to the poor and needy in proportion to their means. Zakat can be translated to mean ‘purification’ or ‘growth’: by paying zakat a person is believed to be cleansing themselves and their remaining wealth and redistributing wealth to restore social equality and promote a more just society.
Waqf, an endowment of property or investment for a charitable purpose, whereby the assets are retained with the profits applied for charitable purposes. Although not mentioned in the Qur’an, the legal authority for waqf derives from various hadiths. Waqf is a fast-developing area of charitable giving.
According to the teachings of Islam, we can support financially to needy and orphans. We can spend money on the education , nutrition, health, and other basic necessities of needy people.
Prophet Muhammed (saw) said:
‘Blessed is the wealth of the Muslim, from which he gives to the poor, the orphan, and the wayfarer.’
Guide Someone on the right path
Guiding means, if someone you see is misguided, and guiding that person to the right path.
Charity serves as a way to bring justice, balance, and kindness to every society and community. It is our hope that Muslim Community fulfils its charitable duty correctly.
It is also playing an important role in eliminating poverty in communities everywhere. About mentioned acts are considered charity in Islam. We can help the needy, poor, and orphans with our donations. According to Islamic teachings giving charity purifies our possessions. It reduces our difficulties and makes our lives peaceful.