Being charitable and providing for the needy is one of the five pillars (tenets) of Islam. Many of the world’s faiths emphasize the importance of charity. In Islam, there is (zakat), obligatory charity and (sadaqah), voluntary charity. The act of volunteering to help those in need is considered an act of worship (ibadah) when done correctly. While the mandatory charity (zakat) is usually monetary, voluntary (sadaqah) charity can be in many forms, such as removing a harmful object from the road, smiling in kindness or helping someone in need. Muslims cannot complete their faith obligations without having been actively engaged in charity.
Special Note: The week’s articles are written by members of the Mosque of Jesus, Son of Mary (Masjid Isa Ibn Maryam). The Mosque continues the traditions of prayer and worship that have enriched the community through their building for generations.
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