"Whoever builds a mosque desiring thereby God's pleasure,
God builds for them the like of it in paradise"
The Prophet Muhammad - Peace be upon him
Charity is a way of bringing justice to society, and justice is the essence of Islam. It is therefore no surprise that in Islam there is a great of emphasis on the support of needy and disabled members of society. It is in fact a sacred duty of the wealthy Muslims to give part of their possessions to fulfil the needs of the deprived sections of the community.
There are two categories of charity in Islam:
Did you know that the Qur'an advises Muslims "...to perform the worship and give charity (Zakat)..." (chapter 2: verse 43) and warns us of the need for material sacrifice if we wish to attain God's pleasure: "By no means shall you attain righteousness, unless you give of that which you love." (Chapter 3: verse 92)
- Obligatory charity known as Zakat.
- Voluntary charity known as Sadaqa.
Each adult Muslims who is gainfully employed must give two and a half percent or more of their savings to the needy on an annual basis.
Sadqa-e-Jariya - continous charity
The best form of voluntary charity is Sadqa-e-Jariya (continous charity). Examples of this includes:
- Teaching a skill to a person so he/she can make a living
- Educating people about Islam
- Building a School or Mosque
- Or simply planting a fruit or shade tree so that other people can benefit from it.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said "When a person dies his/her actions come to an end except three that he/she leaves behind:
Did you know charity can also be performed in other forms which are non-monetary such as voluntary work, helping others, or using one's talents and skills for good causes. In Islam any good work or deed is regarded as an act of charity.
- Sadqa-e-Jariya (continous charity)
- Knowledge (e.g book, blogs, videos) from which other people derive benefit
- and a righteous offsprings who prays for his/her forgiveness"
The Prophet (peace be upon him ) said: "And your smiling is charity; your removing of stones and thorns from people's paths is charity, (to avoid potential threat from their way) and your guiding a person gone astray in the world is charity".