September 5th – “The importance of giving charity in Islam”

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Letter Title: “The importance of giving charity in Islam

September 5th marks “International Day of Charity.” The act of giving alms or charity is always regarded as a noble act that betters the human condition. As an Ahmadi Muslim, we are taught from a young age that giving charity or “Zakat” is one of the five main requirements of our faith referred to as “The five Pillars Of Islam.” 

God says in the Holy Quran, “And observe Prayer and pay the Zakāt; and whatever good you send on before you for yourselves, you shall find it with Allah; surely, Allah sees all that you do.” (Chap. 2 v. 111)  

In recent months, many people have been financially impacted by COVID and may feel like they have nothing spare to give. But, Islam has a solution for that.  

In his Friday Sermon of April 24th, 2009, the worldwide spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, related this story of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). He said, “The Holy Prophet (peace be on him) was asked what if a person does not have the means to give alms. The Prophet replied, such a person should use their hands to work hard, derive benefit from the work and give alms. He was asked what if a person cannot manage this. The Prophet replied, a person in need should help a person in difficulty. It was asked what if this is also not possible. The Prophet replied then such a person should desist from evil and do good, this would be his alms-giving.”   

May we all be blessed to be of service to others and daily more. Amen!

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