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'Charity begins at home' - What does the Noble Quran say about it?


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« on: May 20, 2018, 07:16:35 pm »



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There are some who are kind to extended family but unkind to immediate family.  Will their kindness toward extended family be accepted as a good deed in the Sight of Allah?  That's doubtful.  After all, charity begins at home.

Our scholars and other avid speakers / writers do certainly uphold the proverb "charity begins at home" but they claim there is no Verse in the Quran on it.  If they read the Noble Quran with care and reflection, they would know that the Quran does certainly highlight this aspect.  If you kindly check Verse 2:215 which I quote below :

"They ask you, (O Muhammad), what they shall spend. Say: That which you spend for good (must go) to parents and near kindred and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer. And whatsoever good you do, lo!  Allah is Aware (Al-'Alim) of it "   (2:215).

What precisely do you understand from it?  Please note, the recipients of charity are mentioned in the order of priority.  Parents are the nearest.    Then the Verse mentions "near kindred."  This would include your siblings who are living with your parents or living away from them as they are as much your immediate family.  After siblings, it would also include extended family consisting of aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents.   Then the Verse mentions "orphans,"  "needy"  and  "wayfarer" (foot travelers) ....... these may not be related to you but they might be in need of the essentials of life. Travelers are usually tired, hungry and thirsty.  Foot travelers (wayfarers) were very common in medieval times.   

Similarly concerning love and kindness, Verse 4:36 mentions the recipients of your kindness in the same order of priority .. that is ... the nearest in blood relationship come first. 

V. 4:36
"And serve Allah. Ascribe nothing as partner unto Him. (Show) kindness unto parents, and unto near kindred, and orphans, and the needy, and unto the neighbour who is of kin (unto you) and the neighbour who is not of kin, and the fellow-traveller and the wayfarer and (the slaves) whom your right hands possess. Lo! Allah loves not such as are proud and boastful,"


Both the above Verses, 2:215 as well as 4:36, highlight the aspects of not only charity and kindness but also their recipients in the order of priority.

 

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2018, 07:50:26 pm »



Yes, unfortunately there are many folks I've known whose kind behavior travels upside down.  They are marvelously generous and courteous to friends but hardly know of the suffering endured by their own parents and siblings at home. 

For example a person I know:  His old father and sister lived alone while this scum lived abroad with his wife and kids, seeking recognition by meddling with public figures.  Then suddenly a cousin of his (he was close to) passed away and he hurried all the way to assist that cousin's children. But when his father was ill and dying, neither he nor his brothers could care a damn.   His sister was the only one taking care of the father, while that bugger and his other two brothers (just as despicable) came only 10 days prior to the father's death.  But that time he had already lost consciousness and drifted into coma. 

Yet, society speaks of that insensitive man kindly as if it was a great feat that he went all the way to be with his cousin's kids (whom, by the way, he had never before met nor seen) at such a time.   What good will this "kind" act do to improve his book of accounts on the Day of Judgement when this same person couldn't be bothered to be by his own father's bedside while the poor dad drifted into weakness as his health deteriorated rapidly?

Makes me tearful  cryin

Thank you Sister Ruhi for highlighting a very important point directly from the Noble Quran.


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Very, very sad story to learn  Sad   Also makes me quite furious.   Just wonder, what kind of person (rather persons, since all 3 brothers seem similarly callous) could view life through such an ugly prism to get his priorities so wrong?  Regrettably these 3 brothers aren't the only ones of their kind.  The world consists of many more of such rotten eggs who never hesitate spreading the stench of unkindness within the homes where they were raised, but go about displaying generosity to distant ones.  Such folks neither think of nor care for the Day of Judgement.  They are either outright disbelievers or ritualistic 'Muslims' who perform their spiritual duty mindlessly and languidly, and thus it reflects nothing on their practical lives.   They will have tough questions to answer on that DAY, InshAllah.
 

 
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2018, 02:25:17 am »


Very important point to clarify Sister Ruhi.   Of course the Quran clearly highlights the aspect of charity starting from one's own home. 
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2018, 02:33:28 am »




......

For example a person I know:  His old father and sister lived alone while this scum lived abroad with his wife and kids, seeking recognition by meddling with public figures.  Then suddenly a cousin of his (he was close to) passed away and he hurried all the way to assist that cousin's children. But when his father was ill and dying, neither he nor his brothers could care a damn.   His sister was the only one taking care of the father, while that bugger and his other two brothers (just as despicable) came only 10 days prior to the father's death.  But that time he had already lost consciousness and drifted into coma. 

Painfully shocking!



Yet, society speaks of that insensitive man kindly as if it was a great feat that he went all the way to be with his cousin's kids (whom, by the way, he had never before met nor seen) at such a time.   

Never even met the cousin's kids?  And how many times did he meet the cousin to be engulfed with a load of sentiments in preference to his own dad and sister?




What good will this "kind" act do to improve his book of accounts on the Day of Judgement when this same person couldn't be bothered to be by his own father's bedside while the poor dad drifted into weakness as his health deteriorated rapidly? 

This type of 'kindness' only shows how unkind, insensitive and hypocritical the person actually is.

 
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2018, 03:00:27 am »



You're so right brother.  This sort of "kindness" proves the opposite. 

Well, actually he and his cousin lived in different countries since they were in their mid or late 20s.  Then that man went and settled in UK.  Cousin continued to live somewhere else.  Maybe he had met the kids once, at the very most, when the children were very young.  But he hardly knew them for sure.
 

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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2018, 03:23:01 am »



Thanks Sister Ruhi.  I couldn't agree more. 


The true story posted by Sister Zeynab is indeed agonizing to say the least.  That guy and his brothers sound like handpicked buggers born without a heart.


 
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