Episode 68: Islamic Principles #23: Charity
Muslims talk about charity a lot, but mostly in the context of the community in need of charitable help. As a first principle, however, charity is more than financial assistance, it is a state of being aimed at helping people in need. In this episode I explore this concept hoping that we can all be more charitable and giving of our selves.
“Why do you say that which you do not do. It is a grave sin to say what you do not do.” (61:2)
“Smiling in the face of your brother/sister is a form of charity”, (Tirmidhi)
“Removing harmful objects from road is a form of charity”, (Muslim)
“From the wisdom of David in the Psalms that the believer knows of their time and circumstance.” (Ibn Hibban)
The first hadith of mercy, (Tirmidhi)
The hadith of the strong believer being more useful, (Muslim)
Understanding the Muslim Mind
If we could take all of Islamic intellectual history, what sort of patterns and principles could we deduce? More importantly, if we found someone who actually knew all this information, what would they look like, think like, talk like, etc.?
‘Abdallah Bin ‘Amr Bin ‘Āṣ said that he heard the Messenger of God (God bless him and give him peace) say, “There are forty acts, the best of which is giving food, if any are done seeking their reward and believing in their promise, God will grant them Paradise by this act.” (Bukhari). Shaykh ‘Abdullah Bin Siddīq al-Ghumārī (d. 1993) wrote a small book enumerating these forty acts and finding all the supporting hadith for them. I took the liberty of distilling this book in the following list, finding the appropriate modern English equivalent of the Prophetic expressions so as to make these acts easy to do and incorporate in our day-to-day life.MORE