What are the three important benefits of charity?
Charity is an important act of worship in Islam. Some parts of charity are obligatory and some are supererogatory. One of the most significant parts of the obligation is Zakat. Its obligation is proved by Quran and Sunnah. Anyone who is stingy about Zakat or pays less is one of the wrongdoers and deserves Allah’s punishment.
The charity can be made either secretly or openly. All charities have rewards and there are certain benefits of charity. Through charity, Allah maintains the balance of sustenance among the people of the world.
“If ye disclose the alms, even so, it is well, and if ye hide them and give them unto the poor, it will be better for you and He will expiate some of your misdeeds Allah is of that which ye work Aware.” (2: 271)
What is Sadaqah (charity)?
The word Sadaqah comes from the Arabic root ‘Sidkun’. It means truth, accuracy. In Islamic terminology, Sadaqah means spending one’s wealth for others in order to gain the pleasure of Allah alone. In the Holy Qur’an and Hadith, both obligatory and optional charity is called Sadaqah.
Religious benefits of charity
1. Charity is a special pillar of Islam, on which the great welfare of the servant in this world and in the Hereafter depends.
2. Charity, like other acts of worship, brings the servant closer to Allah and increases faith.
3. Charity Bless the wealth.
Allah says: “Whatever you pay as interest so that it may increase the wealth of people does not increase in the sight of Allah. As for the charity that you give, seeking with it Allah’s good pleasure, that is multiplied manifold.” (30:39)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah accepts with the right hand whatever amount of dates you give in charity from halal earnings. Then increase it
for the benefactor, as you raise a calf, then it becomes a giant. And Allah does not accept anything except lawful.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
4. Allah removes the sins of His servants through charity. As the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Charity removes sins, just as water extinguishes fire.” (Tirmidhi)
Character benefits of charity
1. Charity includes a person in the category of generous people.
2. Charity proves that the benefactor is merciful, compassionate, and gracious to the needy. And Allah is full of kindness to the merciful.
3. We also see from experience that the provision of financial and physical services to Muslims widens and invigorates the heart and makes the benefactor dear and close to the people.
4. The benefactor is free from the greed and miserliness of wealth.
Allah says: “Take alms out of their wealth. By this you will sanctify and purify them.” (9: 103)
Social benefits of charity
1. As a result of charity, the shortage of the needy is eliminated, which is more in most parts of the world.
2. Charity gives strength to Muslims and increases their dignity because one of the sectors of charity is jihad.
3. Charity removes envy and hatred of the rich from the hearts of the poor. Because, when the poor see that the rich are fulfilling all their needs with their wealth, but the poor are not able to benefit from that wealth in any way, then many times envy and hatred are born in their hearts towards the rich. But if the rich give Zakat to the poor at the end of the year and extend a helping hand in times of need through charity, then these things will be removed from their hearts, and love and affection will be created between the two classes. In this way, the peace and order of the society are protected from being disturbed.
4. As a result of charity, wealth increases and it is blessed. As stated in the hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “No charity reduces (rather, increases) wealth” (Muslim, Tirmidhi).
That is, although the result of charity is a decrease in wealth outwardly, his blessing and future growth do not decrease, but Allah blesses his wealth and gives him more in return as a gift.
Therefore, it can be said with certainty that the importance of charity in building the individual and society is immense.