As Muslims, we are taught to be kind, compassionate, and generous. One of the most important ways to show our generosity is by giving in charity. Giving charity is not only a good deed, but it is also a way to purify our wealth and earn the pleasure of Allah (SWT).
“And spend [in the way of Allah] from what We have provided you before death approaches one of you and he says, ‘My Lord, if only You would delay me for a brief term so I would give charity and be among the righteous.'”[Quran 63:10]
Charity, or “sadaqah” in Arabic, is a way to help those in need. It can be in the form of money, food, clothing, or any other kind of help. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Charity is a proof of faith.” (Sahih Muslim: 223) This means that when we give in charity, we are showing our faith in Allah (SWT) and our willingness to help others.
Giving in charity has many benefits. It helps those in need and provides them with the basic necessities of life. It also brings us happiness and joy. When we give in charity, we feel good about ourselves and the good deed we have done. It is a way to show gratitude to Allah (SWT) for the blessings we have been given.
Charity is also a way to purify our wealth. When we give in charity, we are removing the love of money from our hearts and replacing it with the love of Allah (SWT). It is a way to show that we understand that our wealth is not truly ours, but it is a trust from Allah (SWT) that we should use to help others.
Giving in charity is not only for the wealthy. Even small acts of kindness can be considered charity. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Even a smile is charity.” This means that any act of kindness, no matter how small, can be considered charity.
As Muslim kids, we should learn the importance of giving in charity. We should understand that we have been blessed with many things in life, and it is our responsibility to help those in need. We should also learn that giving in charity is not just about money, but it can be in the form of our time, skills, or any other kind of help.
“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.”[Quran 2:261]
In conclusion, giving in charity is an important part of Islam. It is a way to help those in need, purify our wealth, and earn the pleasure of Allah (SWT). As Muslim kids, we should learn the joy of giving and make it a habit to help others whenever we can. May Allah (SWT) bless us all and guide us to do good deeds. Ameen.
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