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Charity Stories: Joy of Charity, Helping the Needy

Charity Stories: Joy of CharityOnce a companion of the Prophet Muhammad (S) called Saad had gone to the battle field outside Medina. On the way, Saad heard that his mother who had been sick had died. Saad who loved his mother very much came to the Prophet Muhammad (S) and said that he had wanted to give charity on his mother's behalf but it had not been possible for him.

Saad then enquired if he could give charity on her behalf now that she was dead. Prophet Muhammad (S) replied in the affirmative. Saad then went on to inquire what was the best charity he could offer. Prophet Muhammad (S) said that on the route to the battle field he had seen that the soldiers were thirsty and there was a dire need of water.

Prophet Muhammad (S) suggested that the best charity was to dig a well on the road so that caravans would benefit from the supply of water and it would also be a continuous form of charity for years to come. That was what Saad did.

Charity Story: Charity to own relatives first

Charity to own relatives firstA woman lost her husband through death. She decided to give charity on his behalf. One Friday night she prepared some food and sent her son to give it to a poor man who lived near her house. While sending the food the dead man's son felt very hungry but he controlled himself and after having given the charity, he returned home hungry and went to bed.

The next Friday the same sequence of events took place. On the third Friday, the orphan while sending the food to the poor, could not control himself and ate the food on the way. That night the widow of the dead man dreamt her husband who told her that: "That night was the first night whence he received the reward of the charity she had given, while the charities she had given before had not reached him."

The widow got up and doubting that her son had committed a blunder went to investigate the matter. Her little orphan said that contrary to her suspicion he had sent the charity the two Friday's to the poor man, and it was on the third Friday that he had eaten the food.

It was then that the widow understood that her son deserved the food more than the poor neighbor. Thus we need to give charity to our near kith and kin before we look further.

Almighty Allah (SWT) says in the Noble Qur'an: "But he would not attempt the uphill road, and what will make you comprehend what the uphill road is? (It is) the setting free of a slave, or the giving of food in a day of hunger. To an orphan, having relationship, or to the poor man lying in the dust." (90:11-16)

Prophet Muhammad (S) also said: "Charity given to a relative it serves a double purpose, being both charity and a connecting link." (Tirmidhi)

Muslim Charity: Help according to your capability

Help according to your capabilitySheikh Abdul Azeem Al Muhtadi Al Bahrani in his book 'Qasas wal Khawatir' relates that a beloved friend of his came to him in need of some money. Although the Sheikh didn't have anything to give this friend, yet he asked the friend to meet him at a certain venue so that he would give away the little he possessed, thinking of the saying that if you can't give everything you can give a little.

As the Sheikh waited for this friend, he came across a verse of Noble Qur'an which says that a person should give charity according to his means, "Let him who has abundance spend out of his abundance and whoever has his means of subsistence straitened to him, let him spend out of that which Allah has given him; Allah does not lay on any soul a burden except to the extent to which He has granted it; Allah brings about ease after difficulty." (65:7)

The Sheikh saw that the verse was describing his position in respect to his friend, as the Sheikh didn't have much to give to his friend but he would help his friend according to his capability. As he took out an envelope containing the little he had, he decided to write the verse of Noble Qur'an on the envelope.

As he finished doing so, he found his friend coming towards him happily and saying that he had obtained what he desired soon after the Sheikh had promised to give him something.

Islamic Charity Story: Charity even in the state of grief

Charity even in the state of griefIt has been related by Allamah Seyyid Muhammed Al Husseini Al Milaani, that Seyyid Abdullah Al Shiraazi once told him that a young scholar in the city of Najaf once came to the great Marja Seyyid Abil Hassan Al Isfahani, and asked him to give him some money as a help to get married.

The great Marja promised to help him the next day. Now it so happened that within that day the great Marja's son was assassinated while praying behind his father in the congregational prayer. This incident is famous and well known in Najaf.

The following day during the burial ceremony, the great Marja was seen to be looking around as if searching for someone. His followers thought that he was mentally disturbed since it was an odd behavior portrayed by the Marja as it was a time of poignant sadness for the Seyyid at the sad demise of his son.

As he kept looking around they saw him calling somebody, and found a young man approaching the Marja and they then saw the Marja give a bag of gold coins to the young man as he had promised to do so, and did not forget this even though he was surrounded with grief.

Muslim Charity Stories: Charity averts death

Charity averts deathAllamah Hilli relates in some of his books that Prophet Muhammad (S) once passed by a Jew who was going to chop some wood. On seeing him, Prophet Muhammad (S) said that the Jew would be bitten by a poisonous snake and die.

In the evening the companions saw the Jew and found it strange that he was still alive contrary to what Prophet Muhammad (S) had predicted. So they questioned Prophet Muhammad (S) about his predictions. Prophet Muhammad (S) asked for the Jew to be presented to him so that he could be questioned.

When the Jew came, Prophet Muhammad (S) asked him to open the bundle of chopped wood, and out popped a snake. Prophet Muhammad (S) asked the Jew what act he had done on that day.

In reply the Jew answered that he had not done anything in particular except that as he was eating some food a beggar asked him for some of it, so he gave one of the two cakes he had without any hesitation to the beggar.

Prophet Muhammad (S) then said that the Jew had been destined to die but for the charity he had given which removes seventy evils. The Jew accepted Islam.

Indeed charity increases your good deeds and your life.

Charity in Islam: Effects of Charity

Effects of CharityOne famous scholar, Sheikh Muhammed Hadi Al Amini relates that his father while acquiring knowledge in Najaf, Iraq, went to his home town Tabriz. While he was in his home town, he used to visit his relatives and friends.

Sheikh Amini's father didn't see an old acquaintance of his who was a poor and needy man. When he didn't see this friend, he asked about him and was told by people, that the man he was asking about was a rich man and no longer poor. Sheikh Amini's father decided to pay a visit to his friend.

While conversing with his friend he asked his friend the reason for the change in his economic position. The man replied that he had been very poor to the extent that he was forced to sell some properties that belonged to him, like furniture etc. By selling these things he had collected some money enough to start a business with.

As he was on his way back to his house with the capital, he saw a poor lady crying. The man asked the lady the reason for crying, and she explained that she was a widow with orphans who were hungry. The man felt pity on her, and on seeing that she needed the money more than himself he gave the whole amount of money to her. He returned home and spent the night depressed and worried for his family.

The next morning, surprisingly he was summoned to the house of a rich man. When he went to the rich man he was told by the rich man that he had six thousand bags of rice which he feared were on the verge of expiring. The rich man suggested to him to buy the rice at a low price on loan from him. The poor man did so and sold the rice bags quickly. He took some more and in this way was able to make much profit. Soon he became rich and well to do.

Indeed Noble Qur'an says that: "Who is it that will offer of Allah a goodly gift, so He will multiply it to him manifold, and Allah straitens and amplifies, and you shall be returned to Him." (2:245)

Charity Stories: To buy happiness spend on others

To buy happiness spend on othersMoney can buy happiness, but only if you spend it on someone else, researchers reported on Thursday (22 Mar 2008).

Spending as little as $5 a day on someone else could significantly boost happiness, the team at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School found.

Their experiments on more than 630 Americans showed they were measurably happier when they spent money on others - even if they thought spending the money on themselves would make them happier.

"We wanted to test our theory that how people spend their money is at least as important as how much money they earn," said Elizabeth Dunn, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia.

They asked their 600 volunteers first to rate their general happiness, report their annual income and detail their monthly spending including bills, gifts for themselves, gifts for others and donations to charity. "Regardless of how much income each person made, those who spent money on others reported greater happiness, while those who spent more on themselves did not," Dunn said.

Dunn's team also surveyed 16 employees at a company in Boston before and after they received an annual profit-sharing bonus of between $3,000 and $8,000. "Employees who devoted more of their bonus to pro-social spending experienced greater happiness after receiving the bonus, and the manner in which they spent that bonus was a more important predictor of their happiness than the size of the bonus itself," they wrote in their report.

"Finally, participants who were randomly assigned to spend money on others experienced greater happiness than those assigned to spend money on themselves," they said. They gave their volunteers $5 or $20 and half got instructions on how to spend it. Those who spent the money on someone else reported feeling happier about it.

"The findings suggest that alterations in spending allocations - as little as $5 - may be enough to produce gains in happiness on a given day," Dunn said. This could also explain why we are not happier even though society is richer. "Indeed, although real incomes have surged dramatically in recent decades, happiness levels have remained largely flat within developed countries across time," they wrote.

Prophet Muhammad (S) said, "The food of two is enough for three, and the food of three is enough for four." The beauty of Charity

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