Zakatul Maal (Money) - Almsgiving
Islam guides believers to do all kinds of good and virtuous deeds so that righteous living and generosity are established as permanent habits. By giving without complaint Muslims actually help themselves first. As Almighty Allah says in the Qur`an: "Those who spent their wealth (in Allah's Cause) by night and day, in secret and public, they shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." (Al Baqarah, 274)
Muhammad (S) the Messenger of God, said: "Ramadan is the month of caring; and it is the month where sustenance (provisions) of the believer increases." (Ibn Khuzaymah)
Islam teaches believers that giving will not deplete their Rizq (material goods) but will increase them. Thus, giving is not only about satisfying the needs of the poor; it also helps the giver attain priceless riches of peace and satisfaction and banish the forces of rancour and jealousy.
The Qur'an further teaches that charity and generosity done in the name of Allah guarantee success in this world and the hereafter. "And whatever you spend in good, it will be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be dealt wrongly." (Al Baqarah 272)
In a Hadith, it was reported that Prophet Muhammad (S) said: "Protect yourself against the fire, even if it be only by (giving) a piece of date, and if one cannot even fulfill this, then by saying a good word." (Muslim) In another Hadith, he said: "Do not look down on anything good, even if it is meeting your brother/sister with a cheerful face." (Muslim)
Ramadan is an excellent opportunity to spend for the sake of our Creator. One can choose from many community projects, as well as supporting aid to needy brothers and sisters worldwide.
As Bukhari recorded, The Messenger of God gave the best example through his own lifestyle: "Prophet Muhammad (S) was the most generous out of all people and Ramadan was the time when he was the most generous."
There is no better example to follow than in giving Zakat to purify both your property and soul. And by giving Sadaqat ul Jariyah (permanent Sadaqah) for community projects that help maintain our Muslim identity, you are supporting the interests of Canadian Muslims and Canada itself.
During this month of Ramadan, the Muslim Council of Calgary (MCC) is appealing for your Zakat and Sadaqah money to maintain and continue our many worthy projects for Allah`s cause. Your generous donation will help ensure a continued role for us in serving our community.