Did you know that the majority of the world’s population lives in poverty? From a more logical perspective, it is clear that the world system we have set up today is unjust and inhumane. Isn’t it unfair that there are people who cannot even afford one meal a day, while others thrown away food? Back then, the Arabs also had a very terrible system and they would not help the poor and needy. With the advent of Islam, all that changed. Islam gave the poor their rights and as such, Muslims must adhere to these rights. Let’s look closely at why we should help those in need!
#1. To Fulfil the Commandment of Allah
As we know, giving out the Zakat (charity) is one of the pillars of faith, making it obligatory on every capable Muslim. Allah says in the holy Quran: “And establish regular prayers and pay the Zakat and loan to Allah a goodly loan. Whatever good you sent forth before you for your souls, you shall find it in Allah’s presence, better and greater in reward”.
#2. To Extinguish Sins
Charity helps to wipe away sins. Allah says in the holy Quran: “If you give charity openly then what a good thing it is; and if you give to beggars, hiding it is better for you than everything, and He will remove some of your sins. And Allah is Aware of what you do.” (Qur’an 2:271).
And it was narrated that Ka‘b ibn ‘Ajrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said to me: “Charity extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire.” (Al-Tirmidhi (614); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Sunan al-Tirmidhi).
#3. To Represent Islam
As a Muslim, your character and conduct goes a long way in representing the religion. Non-Muslims who may not know much about Islam look at you and judge. It is therefore very vital to always show a very good character. Giving charity could show that Islam is a religion of generosity and kindness and love.
#4. To Strengthen the Ummah
Although we do not have an Islamic state anymore, there are many Muslim organizations, schools and groups that function to benefit the needy Muslims all around the globe. They offer scholarships to Muslim students, help Muslims in places of natural disasters and many other amazing acts. We should all actively contribute to these groups so that we may also benefit immensely from the reward, In Sha Allah. This way, the unity and love amongst Muslims is fostered.
#5. To Touch a Heart
Kindness is one of the best ways to touch someone’s life in a positive way. By this is mean even the non-Muslims. Being kind and generous towards a non-Muslim neighbour might make him/her more inclined towards Islam, even if he does not end up taking the Shahadah.
Wealth is from Allah, and as such we must work hard to earn it honestly and then give out to those who have less than we do. We must be content with what we have and be grateful. Allah does not like the greedy, stingy or boastful.