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Besides educationg the self, charity promotes love and harmony in the society we live in.

Though charity and alms-giving are always stressed in Islam, they assume added significance in the blessed month of fasting, as is evident by narratives reaching us from the Prophet and his progeny.

What a wonderful social institution Islam has created by emphasizing on these wonderful aspects. It instills in the society a feeling of brotherhood and makes us realize the fact that before our Lord the Creator we are all equal. We are in need of His mercy as the less fortunate in this mundane world of matter deserve kindness and generosity. After all, we have been given wealth and power as a trial, to see how we spend it and how we care for our fellow humans.

Ramadhan is the month of freedom from sins and bondage, from desire and exploitation. As we wish to attain forgiveness for our past mistakes so should we mete out pardon and justice to those in our temporary worldly power.

It was the habit of the Prophet to set free prisoners of war during Ramadhan.

Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq (a.s.) narrates that his illustrious grandfather Imam Zain-ul-Abideen (a.s.) used to emancipate twenty or more slaves on the last day of Ramadhan.

Thus charity does not go unanswered. In fact it is a sin to hoard and make things rust and rot instead of giving to the needy and the deprived.



Blessed Ramadhan, as we have explained, is the month of action, reform, creativity and generosity, and besides it contains a very special occassion, the immortal night called Laylat-uI-Qadr. Roughly translated as the Night of Grandeur, it is the night on which the Holy Qur'an was sent down:

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