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Charity has great significance in Islam; it is one of the clearest indications and most truthful signs of the sincerity of one’s faith, as souls were created to love money and strive to save it, so whoever spends his money and contradicts his instinct, it is a proof of his faith and sound belief. Regarding this, the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “…and Charity is a proof,” which means it is proof of sound faith – that is, if he intends it for the sake of Allaah The Almighty, not for showing off or for enhancing one’s reputation.

This is why many texts show the virtues of charity and spending for the sake of Allaah The Almighty, and urge the Muslim to give charity, seeking the reward from Allaah The Almighty.
One of the specific characteristics of the righteous servants of Allaah The Almighty is spending on the poor and the needy; Allaah The Almighty Says (what means): {Indeed, they were before that doers of good.They used to sleep but little of the night And in the hours before dawn they would ask forgivenessAnd from their properties was [given] the right of the [needy] petitioner and the deprived.} [Quran 51:16-19]
Allaah The Exalted has promised – and He is the Generous who does not break His promise – to compensate those who spend for His Sake; He Says (what means): {Say, “Indeed, my Lord extends provision for whom He wills of His servants and restricts [it] for him. But whatever thing you spend [in His cause] – He will compensate it; and He is the best of providers ].}[Quran 34 :39] And He promised to multiply their rewards many times for them, Allaah The Almighty Says (What means): {Who is it that would loan Allaah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allaah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned.}  [Quran 2:245]
Giving money is one of the types of Jihaad (striving in the cause of Allaah The Almighty); rather, Jihaad with money precedes Jihaad with one`s self in all the verses that mentioned Jihaad except in one place in the Quran. The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Fight the polytheists with your wealth, yourselves, and your tongues.” [Abu Daawood]
There are many Hadeeths (narrations) in the Sunnah (Prophetic tradition) which encourage giving charity and clarify its reward are a comfort to the eye of the believers and a delight to the hearts of the charitable, for they state that charity is one of the best acts of worship that is beloved to Allaah The Almighty. Ibn ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them narrated that the Messenger of Allaah,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “The most beloved acts of worship to Allaah are: happiness that you bring to a believer’s heart, relieving his distress, paying off his debt or driving away his hunger.” [Al-Bayhaqi] [Al-Albaani: Hasan]
Charity elevates its giver to the highest rank; the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “This worldly life is for four categories of people: a man to whom Allaah has given wealth and knowledge, so he fears his Lord, maintains ties of kinship with this money, and he knows the rights of Allaah regarding it, this one is truly in the best rank …” [At-Tirmithi]
Charity protects its giver from calamities and misfortunes, and saves him from distress and hardship; the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Performing good deeds protects from bad ends and calamities, and those who act righteously in this world will be the good people in the Hereafter.” [Al-Haakim] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh]
Consider this Hadeeth which signifies the multiplied reward of charity: The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said, “No one gives charity out of his honest earning –and Allaah accepts only what is from lawful earning – but The Most Merciful accepts it with His right hand even if it is only a date, and then fosters it as one of you fosters a colt or a young she-camel, till it becomes like a mountain or even greater.” [Muslim]
Charity extinguishes sins, and expiates evil deeds; the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said:“Charity extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire.” [At-Tirmithi]
It is one of the greatest causes for attaining blessings in money, the increase of provision, and compensation from Allaah The Almighty with what is best. The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Allaah The Almighty Says, ‘O son of Adam, spend and I will spend on you.” [ Muslim]
It is also protection from the punishment of Allaah; the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said:“Protect your selves from the Fire, even with one half of a date.” [Al-Bukhaari]
Spending in charity is an indication of the sincerity of one’s faith, strength of certitude, and having good expectations from the Lord of the worlds. Besides, it has many other virtues, which make the believer look forward to the reward of Allaah The Almighty and overlook the whispers of the devil who frightens him with poverty, and beautifies for him stinginess and miserliness. Allaah The Almighty Says (what means): {Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allaah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty. And Allaah is all-Encompassing and Knowing} [Quran 2 :268]. We ask Allaah The Almighty to enable us to spend for His Sake, and to protect us from being stingy, for He is able to do all things.