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
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.
THE GRAND NIGHT
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: