01 Feb, 2023 | Wednesday 9-Rajab-1444

The acts of charity and benevolence toward the less fortunate, for the sake of Allah, are highly desired on all occasions, but more so during the blessed month of Ramadan. In the book of Al-Bukhari, Ibn 'Abbas (raa) related: "The Messenger of Allah (saas) is the most benevolent among the people. His benevolence increases markedly during the month of Ramadan when the angel Jibreel meets him every night of Ramadan, to rehearse with him the Holy Qur'an. The Messenger of Allah (saas) was more charitable with his good possessions than the moving winds that bring torrential rain."

As you may be aware, there are two kinds of charitable acts. There is regular, voluntary charity, (sadaqah), that can be given at any time, from inviting others to meals, at iftar time during Ramadan, to outright gifts to an individual or a charitable organization. On the other hand, there is an obligation of Zakaat (obligatory charity), which is the annual return of 2.5 percent that is levied against one's savings or assets that have matured in the last twelve months. Although annual calendars for Zakat can be set in any month, many people prefer to give their Zakaat to its rightful owners during Ramadan so as to offer these two obligations of Islam at the same time. We included a brief Fiqh of Zakat and its recipients in the book.

Charity is a significant part of Islam and is even more significant during Ramadan. However, you don’t have to be a Muslim to give during the Holy Month.

There are plenty of charitable initiatives, Ramadan camps, iftar camps, care packages, and more, all of which can be contributed to during the Holy Month.

The charity helps Muslims to remember that they are humble before Allah(SWT) and that every blessing they have in this life comes from Him. This is why Zakat (standardized percentage,2.5%, of one’s extra wealth) has been obligatory to Muslims, though extensive charity results in blessings and rewards from Allah(SWT). This voluntary charity, also known as Sadaqah, is mainly given when Muslims are facing calamities.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

“A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity; a good word is a charity, and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) never in his life ever said no to anyone that asked him giving and charity The Companions narrate that when the month of Ramadhan would come, he gave like he never gave before.

The month of Ramadhan is not only the month of fasting and praying and Witr and Tahajjud but it is also the month of giving everything. The month of Ramadhan is rewarded more and blessed so what an amazing opportunity that you and I have to give in this blessed month.

The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasalam says anyone who provides food for the fasting person, Allah will reward that person with the reward of that fasting person without diminishing or taking away any reward from the one that fasted.

The prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam says about voluntary fasting. The Prophet says anyone who fasts one day one day voluntary this will be a means to take him away from Jahannam a distance of 70 years. So imagine the month of ramadhan such is the reward of fasting.

What an opportunity to feed you and I both know those that are living in more fortunate places in countries how much waste did we go through in the month of Ramadan.

Let's make a change when we stand in front of Allah and we look back knowing that if you were someone that could but didn't what a regret we will have in your hearts .

At least to put a smile on the face of a young boy in a young girl faster the day and they have something to eat at mark like you an idea so please give generously so that Ramadan will be shared with love and mercy with everyone around the world