“Be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity. Whatever good you send forth for your souls before you, you shall find it with Allah. For Allah sees well all that you do” (Q2:110)
“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon” (Isaiah 58:10)
“Those who in charity spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve” (Q2:274)
“ Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” (Deuteronomy 15:10)
The above are Quranic and biblical verses that reiterate the importance of Charity. It is very important to know, that you do not have to be extremely wealthy to consider giving charity. Whatever you give out of the little you have, will help the other person and will bring you more blessings, just make sure to purify your intentions about the action.
I once helped someone out with some money she needed to complete a purchase. She needed to do it urgently and I saw her post about it, I wasn’t so buoyant myself but it was an amount I could afford so I went on to ask for her details and I sent it. I had totally forgotten this singular act until she reached out to me to say she would love to do something for me regarding my brand. I tried to reject the offer but she insisted and she went ahead to execute the service. Need I tell you that the service was multiple times the worth of what I had earlier done for her? I extended a hand of charity to her without expecting any reward except putting a smile on her face, and I got many hands in return . It is one of my best and widely told stories. It taught me a lot about life and the importance of being readily willing to help.
The best kind of charity is that which you do without even expecting that the recipient would give you anything in return. That one you do because you genuinely want to make someone happy and grant them ease. And if not monetary, you need to understand that kindness is a form of charity in itself, smiling to the next person could make their day, Showing genuine concern towards the wellbeing of someone you see could be the light in their lives for that day, and so on.
Today, we are going to give some of our money or food or water in charity. The gateman at your house or shop would appreciate 500 Naira, the lady who sells pure water to you would be happy if you tell her to keep a change of 200 Naira. The man who asks for alms at your junction would be blessed to have a contribution from you. Your maid could do with some extra today, the workers around you would love some food/water. If you can’t step out? There are lots of fund raising appeals online presently, for just causes. Please donate any amount you have to it, and very importantly, make your intentions pure.
I’ll be back. OBA