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Charity

We Pakistanis are one of the most philanthropic nations in the world and there is doubt about that! As in the Oct 2005 earthquake ,Balochistan earthquake 2008 and again now with the IDP crisis everyone is coming forward to help and is keen to do their part.

Its good to give but if we do so for allah’s sake and not just because we think ‘its the right thing to do

‘Umar b. al-Khattab narrated that the Prophet (S) said: Deeds are [a result] only of the intentions [of the actor], and an individual is [rewarded] only according to that which he intends.Narrated by Muslim & Bukhari

Some of the Islamic Etiquettes and Manners of giving charity

  • Must be given from hilal income

‘O ye who believe, spend from what you (lawfully) earned’ (2: 267)For the will of Allah Sincere intentions

  • With heartfelt pleasure
  • After giving sadqa do not waste it by
  • a) Showing off
  • b) making the person feel obliged
  • c) by giving them grief (physical/emotional)
  • Give only of what is good and what you like for yourself

‘By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you give (freely as a charity) from that which you love; and whatever you spend Allah knows it well.’ (3: 92).

  • Sadqa can be anything ;

Good advice, a smile, visiting the ill,donating blood,condoling the grieved, removing a stone/glass shard from the road, giving our time and resources in Allah’s way, sharing your knowledge with others, helping someone whenever we can in whatever way.

Since its summer it is a good idea to offer cool drinks(lemonade,sharbat,even water) to people braving the heat on the roads.Particularly the guards and traffic police.Keep those pepsi pet bottles and fill them with the prepared drink along with paper glasses.Its the effort that counts.

Also since we dont always give money to beggers we can keep packets of biscuits or other such edible items in the car to give.That way at least we know that the person got to eat something.

There is plenty of information about how we can help the IDP’s  http://changinguppakistan.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/the-status-of-pakistans-idps/

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