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Charity, The Path to Happiness and Peace

Charity is not just a great humanitarian deed; it also speaks volumes about the person giving. Nobody would argue when we say charity is one of the greatest virtues of mankind. Islam teaches people to get involved in charitable causes. In fact, this act is encouraged in Islam, according to the Holy Quran. There are a number of verses in which Allah (SWT) has clearly told His followers that he loves those who give charity from whatever amount of money or resource they have.

"You cannot attain to righteousness unless you spend (in charity) out of what you love." (The Holy Quran 3:92)

Islam is not alone in emphasizing the importance of charity work. Almost every religion encourages people to give charity, and the reason behind the instruction is the same; to help people who are poor, needy, disabled or suffering from dire circumstances beyond their control. One of the examples of this is the millions of Syrian refugees living in foreign countries. They rely heavily on aid programmes like the Syria Aid Appeal campaigns to ensure that the bare necessities of life are provided to them.

An interesting thing about charity is that it doesn’t always have to be a financial commitment. Charity can be done without having to spend a single penny. People can donate their time, volunteer for a few hours or undertake a certain aspect of relief aid work such as creating awareness or utilising their current talents to assist in whatever way they can.

Volunteer work is one of the most popular ways to get involved in relief aid work. Most of Muslim Aid’s volunteer work revolves around different cities in the United Kingdom. However, in some instances, people go beyond that and travel to different continents to ensure the campaign’s success. Anyone who doesn’t have the capital to help the poor can volunteer instead and physically help those in tough situations like the Syrian refugees.

There is more than one reason why charity has been given such importance in Islam and Allah (SWT) not wanting his people to suffer is not the only reason to help the poor and needy. The  Holy Quran has exhorted Muslims to indulge in charitable activities so that they can attain the love of Allah (SWT). The concept of charity helps people walk on the right path, which is the path of righteousness and the path that leads to a better life and hereafter.

"You cannot attain to righteousness unless you spend (in charity) out of what you love." (The Holy Quran 3:92)

Thus, charity is the true path to happiness and peace. It is our responsibility to give time or resources to charity so that we can help our Muslim brothers and sisters in tough times, and this is especially the case for those who need to be helped with our Syria Aid Appeal campaign. Charity should also be done with a view to becoming better Muslims who walk on the right path and get closer to our Creator, Allah (SWT). For more information on how you can make a difference with your donation or your time, visit Muslim Aid’s newly designed website for details.

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