OBLIGATORY AND VOLUNTARY CHARITY IN ISLAM

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There are two kinds of charity in religion Islam that are obligatory and voluntary, well known as Zakat and Sadaqah respectively. The concept of charity can be seen in most of the communities of world. The tradition of Islam has rigid laws that are associated with it. Charity in religion Islam is seen as strengthening of the ideal of Muslim community. Every Muslim in the Islamic community is seen to reside with unity as one people.

The Holy Quran states in verse 2:110:

And establish prayer and give zakah, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with ALLAH. Indeed, ALLAH of what you do, is Seeing.

Charity is central to every Muslim’s life. Muslims should make reference library in masjids, where Muslims can go and study and understand Islam. From the masjid, there should be proper management for the collection and distribution of all Sadaqah and Zakat. It would benefit the whole community if each masjid would incorporate a medical clinic free of cost which can meet after Friday Prayer (Jummah Namaz) or any other day. Muslims who are in need of emergency assistance and help can receive urgent treatment. ALLAH Almighty knows each and everything we do in open or hidden, ALLAH Almighty has His own way of punishment and judgment.

Verse 2:43 of Holy Quran,

And establish prayer and give zakah and bow with those who bow [in worship and obedience].

Charitable giving (Zakaat or sadaqah) is highly commended in religion Islam as it is in most affective global traditions. It is through the act of charity or donation that one is elevated to a higher spiritual activity and feels the benefits and happiness of serving humanity. Ramadan of Holy Ramadan is the ideal and best time to give charity; any kind of giving it may be. One form of obligatory charitable giving, Zakat, is one of the five basic pillars of religion Islam. Zakat, means to purify, is giving alms to the needy and poor and it is obligatory for every adult able Muslim of sound mind and means. In the same way, many people choose to give Sadaqah, which are not obligatory but voluntary donations during Holy Ramadan another obligatory charity is paying Fitrana, that is given just before the Eid ul Fitr prayer at the end of Holy Ramadan.

Verse 2:274 of Holy Quran,

Those who spend their wealth [in ALLAH’S way] by night and by day, secretly and publicly – they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.

May ALLAH Almighty make us able to give charity and gives us sense of humanity and save us and guide us away from all devils that are eager to destroy Islam in us. Ameen

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