Charity – An everlasting universal virtue.

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“Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He will multiply it for him and he will have a noble reward”
(Surat-ul-Hadeed, 11)

What would be more profitable business than the one done with Allah? Once such dealing was done by Hazrat Uthman (R.A), the third caliph of Muslims, about 1400 years ago and Allah fulfilled His promise as profit is still multiplying.

“Well of Uthman (R.A)” is the only scientifically proved well functioning from more than1400 years. It is the well purchased by Hazrat Uthman (R.A) from a Jew- Rummat Al Giffari for 38,000 dirhams. Being the only source of sweet water in Madinah, people were confound to pay heavy charges for water but Uthman (R.A) allowed to be used for free after purchasing it in the name of Allah. It is marvelous example of perpetual charity- a never ending chain of goodness because Uthman (R.A) converted each drop of well into “a noble reward” and profit by establishing trade with Allah.

The most interesting fact about this charity is that the well has become source of irrigation of many fields around and the income of those fields is transmitted to the bank account with the title of Uthman Bin Uffan (R.A). This amount is further used for charity purposes and development programs. Thus, the shares purchased from Allah for 38000 dirhams are beneficial even after death of Uthman (R.A).

This unmatchable incident proves that charity is like a torch which not only benefits you but also others. Virtue has everlasting effects. A tree you plant, blood you donate, a feed to poor, a water cooler you fix in public place and even a smile is going to pay you eternally. Allah is the most generous towards His people. He does not deprive poor of availing benefits of charity. He pronounces smile, kind words and forgiveness one of the best sorts of charity which are affordable for poor even. Holy Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) declares:

“Your smile for your brother is a charity. Your removal of stones, thorns or bones from the paths of people is a charity. Your guidance of a person who is lost is a charity”
(Bukhari).

Psychology says that sharing is a sort of catharsis indispensable for everyone and person acquires solace with the sense of being helper. Charity proliferate positivity not only in society but also within a person. A person undergoes a sense satisfaction with this act either he is believer or not because love for humanity is the basis of all the goodness inside. Only loving heart has the ability to sacrifice for deprived. Love is not specific to any religion but a universal feeling. That is why every religion preaches love and charity.

Tao Tzu- founder of Chinese Taoism- declares that making person independent as the highest form of charity because charity is not an evil which results in death of action, hard work and independence rather an effort to let people rise to help others even. That’s why Tao Tzu says:
“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”

Buddha promotes concept of sharing by pronouncing it contagious and addendum as he says:
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared”
All revealed religions endorse charity. Judaism mention in Talmud:
“All Jews are responsible for each other.”

Same is appreciated in Christianity as it is said:
“Give and it shall be given unto you.”
(Luke: 6: 38)
In short reward is for those who help others and sacrifice their money or time for others in all religions. We should promote this chain of virtue by idealizing Uthman Bin Uffan (R.A).

Following are some simple ideas of charity affordable for every person:
Keep smile on face and you will charity optimism.
..Give honest opinion when asked.
..Place a nice book you have in library.
..Donate your extra or spare possessions.
..Plant a tree.
..Loan someone and ask him to charity the profit so the chained charity begins.
..Be kind to everyone particularly towards orphans.
..Listen to others to share their pains.
..Pray for others while praying for you.
..Forgive others.
..Convince others for charity.
..Teach others what you have learned.

We must get inspiration for charity from the following saying of Quran:
“And spend something (in charity) out of the substance which We have bestowed on you, before Death should come to any of you and should say, “O my Lord! Why didst Thou not give me respite for a little while? I should then have given in charity, and I should have been one of the doers of good”
(Surah Al Munafiqun, 10).

Author: Fizza Tu Nobia.

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