Giving alms not only helps the poor and needy in the society, but alsobridges the gap between the rich and those who are in need. This ensures that the basic needs of everyone are met, diminishing socio-economic disparity and allowing harmony to prevail.
By giving alms, especially during Ramadan, the urge for greed and envy is purified and good intentions are stimulated within the person. Even in the Quran Allah has promised that whosoever spends in the My cause with good intentions, He will replace it with far bigger reward.
The Obligation of Zakat and Benefits in Afterlife
Zakat has a special place in Ramadan and makes up one of the five pillars of Islam. Zakat is an obligatory charity paid by a certain threshold of wealth a person has. Zakat makes a key contribution in social justice, as the rich share their prosperity with the underprivileged without letting them ask or beg for it. In Muslim community, it plays a central role in providing funds for good causes and for community projects. Allah promises that the giver of the zakat will receive a ‘hundred-fold’ back in the afterlife.
Spiritual Wellbeing of Giving Fitrana
Giving fitrana is based on the Islamic principle that everything belongs to Allah; and we human beings are only trustees even of our own wealth.
Giving fitrana cleanses the giver’s personality, purifying it from selfishness, and love of materialism. It invokes compassion, induces sense of care, and strengthens the Muslim brotherhood. With deeds of fitrana, Allah protects the person from harm and provides sustenance in time of need.
Helping Strengthen Social Harmony
Giving charity empowers the Muslim community by setting aside the differences of wealth and sharing it with the less fortunate. This encourages others to join their efforts and look out for the poor and connect with them. This ensures social security and demonstrates Muslim unity in time of turmoil. This thereby builds an unbreakable bond amongst the people and promotes the values of love, compassion and equality. Even offering a glass of water is an act of charity that can build unity in the community.
Celebrating with Eid-ul-Fitr
Ramadan offers the perfect oppurtity for believers to share their prosperity with less fortunate fellow beings. But with a month of fasting and controlling worldly temptations, Eid-ul-Fitr commemorates the sacrifices for the cause of Allah by celebrating Allah’s blessing among family, friends, and other fellow human beings. This again acts as a social guard by removing barriers in the community, adopting humility and engendering solicitude with within every act.
A Blessing on Humanity
Spending in the way of Allah in Ramadan is no simple act. It enhances the person’s sense of compassion, and strengthens the allegiance the society. This results a chain reaction of positive acts that leads the person to Jannah. Charity is something that is not just compulsory in Islam, but in every religion. It restores the person’s faith in the Sustainer and Provider, and even turns the most wicked and evil souls into the servants of Allah.