The art of giving charity in six easy steps

Charity in Islam, is not defined as one specific act. It is not merely the act of financially assisting the impoverished, feeding the hungry or healing the sick. Yes, spending one’s wealth in charity is a virtuous and noble act, the reward for which is from Allah alone, however, charity has many forms. It is in picking up hazardous material from the road or loving for your neighbour what you love for yourself. If we define charity as simply giving from our wealth, we are depriving ourselves of the deeper understanding of the teachings of our beloved Prophet Mohammed (s.a.w)

Here are six tips to make charity a part of your life together with a teaching from our master Prophet Mohammed (s.a.w):

  1. Donate monthly to a specific charity – “The deeds most loved by Allah (are those) done regularly, even if they are small.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
  2. Keep bottles of water in the fridge to hand out to those out in the heat – “The best form of charity is to give someone water to drink.” (Ibn Majah)
  3. Watch your words, speak kindly – “A kind word is a form of charity.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
  4. Pay attention to your surroundings – “Removing a harmful thing from the pathway is charity.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
  5. Smile more – “Your smile for your brother is charity.” (Tirmidhi)
  6. Do good where you can – “Every act of goodness is charity.” (Bukhari)

May we give of ourselves and our wealth and may it be a means of our salvation in this world and the next.