The notion of giving charity to others offers just as much benefit to ourselves as it does to those we give to.
For one, nothing beats the feeling of giving to others and knowing that you have contributed towards someone’s wellbeing or future. We have been put in this world by Allah SWT, and in a way, are inter-reliant on one another for our wellbeing and protection. We have been given a mind, a heart and feelings, to enable us to care and feel for each other – not just for those that we are related to – but also those who are the same as us; human.
Materialistically, we could own everything we could ever want in this world, but this wouldn’t necessarily guarantee us any real happiness or satisfaction. How good does it feel when we plan a birthday surprise or a gift for someone close to us? The thoughtfulness and surprise element of actually giving the gift brings us such excitement and pleasure.
There are those that reside in the exact same world in which we live, who are created by the One and only Lord who also created us; they are, therefore, our fellow brothers and sisters who we should look out for in whichever way we can.
There are many of us in a position to give more, whilst there are also many of us who are able to give less; there is no difference, as the act of giving is far better than not giving at all. Every amount helps, and no amount of charity goes unseen by our Creator. At the end of the day, it is our intention we are judged upon, and we are judged only by our Lord Himself.
Allah SWT promises us that the act of giving to charity shall in no way decrease our wealth – be it in the world of today, in our Hereafter, or both.
The psychological benefits of giving to charity far outweigh anything we could have purchased for ourselves, or perhaps something we already have, but feel we need or want more of.
Finally and foremost, the truest benefit of giving to others is the promise of our reward in the Hereafter, which will far outweigh what we may have given in this world.
Remember, charity does not only consist of monetary giving but also in the volunteering of one’s time to support a good cause.
Nothing can beat the feeling of contentment you get when you know you have made a positive change to someone’s world.
Islam teaches us to be mindful of each other’s duties and rights; this includes all of Allah SWT’s creation – including children.
In order to flourish, a child needs sufficient nutrition, education, emotional and physical support, as well as adequate healthcare and wellbeing.
Most of us do whatever is in our power for our offspring, in order to give them the best start and chance in life that we possibly can. Remember, there are millions of children amongst us and out there that have lost either one, or both of their parents, and do not have the same privileges that we are able to present to our children.
When our children hurt, we hurt – so why should the cries of a child in need across the world affect us any less?
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