Episode 68: Islamic Principles #23: Charity
Muslims talk about charity a lot, but mostly in the context of the community in need of charitable help. As a first principle, however, charity is more than financial assistance, it is a state of being aimed at helping people in need. In this episode I explore this concept hoping that we can all be more charitable and giving of our selves.
“Why do you say that which you do not do. It is a grave sin to say what you do not do.” (61:2)
“Smiling in the face of your brother/sister is a form of charity”, (Tirmidhi)
“Removing harmful objects from road is a form of charity”, (Muslim)
“From the wisdom of David in the Psalms that the believer knows of their time and circumstance.” (Ibn Hibban)
The first hadith of mercy, (Tirmidhi)
The hadith of the strong believer being more useful, (Muslim)
Understanding the Muslim Mind
If we could take all of Islamic intellectual history, what sort of patterns and principles could we deduce? More importantly, if we found someone who actually knew all this information, what would they look like, think like, talk like, etc.?
In The Clock of the Long Now, Stewart Brand argues that religion is one of the most durable institutions of civilization that helps ground us all in timeless values. In his concept of the forces of innovation (rapidly changing) and durability (slow changing) of civilization, religion would definitely be amongst the more slow adapting forces.MORE