Importance of Charity and How to Decide Where to Give Charity?
“Did universal charity prevail, the earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable?” (Charles Caleb Colton)
The generous act of helping out fellow humans in time of need is classified as a charity. Charity is a voluntary humanitarian act of providing assistance to those in crisis and supporting them to recover from it. Giving charity is not limited to money. One can help the victims with other necessary resources such as food and water, shelter and clothes and even medical aid.
Including poverty, there are other disasters that people go through, like floods and earthquakes, hunger and diseases, and some tragedies like war and orphanhood. The proverb best defines the act of charity, ‘A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses, which means that provides mutually to the donor and the receiver, while the receiver satisfies the needs the donor satisfies the soul.
Along with supporting communities and building people up, the charity also has economic benefits. Indeed, it improves social capital but primarily helps the economic growth of the local community. Charitable donations made to small, local businesses helps them grow and prosper. It also keeps the money circulating within the local area and supports the people set up their work to eradicate financial dependability and thus poverty.
In 2019, 10,000+ houses in Kenya received a charity of $1000 each. Researchers from prestigious institutes then studied the effects. As a result, each dollar spent in the local market, buying and purchasing, produced two-plus dollars, which means the local market’s growth and progress in financial conditions.
Importance of charity in the light of Islam:
“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Prophet Muhammad s.a.w, Al-Tirmidhi)
The above Hadith describes the importance of charity in Islam. Muslims are advised to help their fellow Muslim brother as well as fellow humans. A person is to take care of the other like their own. The amount or quantity of the charity is not to be considered as long as the donor has pure intentions, the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w said,
“Protect yourself from hell-fire even by giving a piece of date as charity.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).
Similarly, Muslims have Zakat. All Muslims must pay Zakat, which is alms every year, to those who are in need. The importance of Zakat is mentioned in the Quran many times, and it is the 3rd pillar of Islam. Although the charity’s quantity made in goodwill does not hold importance, Zakat is to be paid according to the Islamic laws, 2.5% on all the earnings according to the lunar calendar. Zakat helps pure the wealth, the heart and the soul of a person. It encourages compassion and promotes sacrifice.
“Of their goods, take zakat, so that you might purify and sanctify them.” (9:103, Qur’an)
The trouble that individuals usually face is about deciding where to give charity. For that, some steps can be followed.
Choosing the type of Charity:
Foremost, firm your intentions and then decide where to donate. There are many charities, animal and environmental charities, international, health care and education charities and even art charities. The choice related to donation lies in the hands of the donor.
Once the choice becomes evident and decided to donate, search for places in the local areas or internationally for charitable organisations.
Donation is a noble deed indeed. First, however, one must check the credibility of the organisation donation is being made to. It can be done by checking up reviews, calling the organisation or mailing them. Talking it up with people can also help clarify its authenticity if it is local, better to go in person and check.
That is pretty much all it takes to donate. Nonetheless, the research should be vital not to end up donating money to a scam.
Here’s a list of some trustworthy charitable organizations in Pakistan;
- Edhi Foundation
- Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital
- Chhipa Welfare Association
- Transparent Hands Trust
- Aurat Foundation
- Darul Sukun
- Ansar Burney Trust
- Al- Khidmat Foundation
- PAWS; Pakistan Animal Welfare Society
- ACF Animal Rescue
- IPS Animal Rescue
- Zindagi Trust
- DIL; Development in Literacy
- Shahid Afridi Foundation
It is advised to always keep in mind the Importance of Charity and How to Decide Where to Give Charity because,
“Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead.” (Thomas Aquinas)
Article by, The Hub Daily’s Writer
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