Mankind has evolved tremendously over the years, not just in technology, medicine and how we live but also in how we treat each other. As human beings, we have an inbuilt desire to help others if we can. This attribute is greatly endorsed in Islam which gives immense importance to charity and helping others. Muslims are advised and encouraged to share what they have been blessed with and distribute it to those who are not so fortunate. Charity is not only beneficial for those who receive it, there also lays a great reward for the ones who give. It is essentially food for the soul and serves as a means of salvation as well.
It is designated by Allah (SWT) himself as it is said:
“Ramadan is the month of giving and mercy, and in it Allah blesses the believers with forgiveness and being saved from Hellfire. Therefore, whoever is merciful and giving in Ramadan, Allah will be even more Merciful and Giving, and will bestow upon him countless bounties and blessings.”
An act of goodwill that is prescribed by Allah himself should be carried out throughout the year with the sole intention of pleasing Him. However, when the Holy Month of Ramadan arrives every type of worship and act of pleasing our Lord should be increased, including the noble act of charity.
The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) is reported to have said:
“Ramadan is an honourable and blessed month, and the rewards for generosity are multiplied in it”.
Zakat and Charity
Due to the countless blessings provided in the Holy month of Ramadan, Muslims tend to donate generously in this month and pay Zakat whole heartedly. For the most part, they spend Ramadan in a state of prayer and meditation but they also invest equally in helping others. Whether it’s a child charity of their choice or assisting a relief aid organization to provide aid to other Muslim countries, Muslims feel salvation by giving Zakat. One of the many great things about Ramadan is Eid-ul-Fitr when the entire Muslim Ummah reunites and celebrates the occasion together, enjoying all the festivities that follow afterwards.
In Ramadan, when we experience the effects of hunger during our fast, we establish a closer association with those people who usually go through the condition due to a lack of food. So fasting serves two purposes. It tests your obedience and devotion to Allah (S.W.T) and how well you can restrain yourself from the pleasures of life and it also reminds you of the people who are starving and living in famine. This feeling inspires and enables us to help others. Charity to these families in this month will not only help them financially but will also help them out spiritually.
With Ramadan just a few weeks away, there is an ever increasing need to give charity and donate. Bosnia is going through landslides and flooding due to heavy rainfall. The people of Syria are stranded and caught in the crossfire of a politically unstable region. Myanmar is seeing one of the worst humanitarian crises on record. These are all indicative of people who have become victims of circumstances they cannot control.
We urge everyone to put in the extra effort this coming Ramadan and graciously donate to Muslim Aid who will help others in need on your behalf. Charity is the truest salvation for a person and such a noble deed never goes unrewarded in the eyes of Allah (S.W.T)