Charity (Alms giving)We often hear that man has made very great progress in all spheres of life. As compared to the past more civilized ,more comfortable and more happy. All this is quite believable but when we see a beggar in rags or an unfed orphan or a helpless widow, we begin to doubt the justness of our claims to great development.Why are there still countless people who are living in utter want and misery.
removeThe hardships of these poor and miserable persons can only be removed if charity becomes common in modem times. It is a bitter fact at even today, a large number of our fellow human beings are without proper food, clothing and shelter.
Economic disparityReligion has made it obligatory for men to help their poor and
needy brethren. Those who are well-off are clearly told to share their possessions with those who are badly-off. This would reduce economic disparity between the rich and the poor. To regularise the institution of charity, and to ensure its smooth working.
ZakatIslam has imposed Zakat’ upon its followers. Proper collection
and distribution of Zakat will solve the problem of beggary in our country to a great extent. Besides this compulsory tax, Islam bids its followers to give as much in charity as possible. From the humanitarian point of view also, charity has its significance. It is
our moral duty .to support our less fortunate fellow human beings.
People who deserves charityThere are many kinds of persons who deserve alms. Foremost among them are widows, orphans, the disabled and the old.
We can help them in various ways. If we are rich, we can establish orphanages, hospitals, or training centres where they would be taught some useful trade. Otherwise, we can always spare a few coins whenever we meet such a wretched being.