The writer, Asgar Jafferali Dhanji (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) served as the Secretary-General of the Africa Federation for two – 3-years terms. He served as JIBA Vice Chairman – with a particular passion to raise funds and offer Micro Finance to our Community – for low-income, underprivileged, startups, Business loans, individuals, and small enterprises — thereby giving opportunities to grow economically. He is the founder of Imaan Finance Ltd — the First Islamic Finance Institution in Tanzania. and has also served in Dar es Salaam Jamaat’s Arbitration Committee as well as a Board member of Ebrahim Haji Charitable Hospital – with a particular passion for the project of building the new hospital. He is now a motivational/Inspirational speaker giving regular Saturday Fajr lectures at Dar Imambara.
n Islam, giving is considered as a highly significant act that is encouraged and rewarded. Giving to others – through charity, kindness, help, sharing, and caring – including time, knowledge, skills and even social justice – is considered a fundamental part of the faith and is emphasized throughout the Qur’an and Hadith.
Charity, known as “Zakat”(in Arabic), is prescribed as one of the five pillars of Islam and every Muslim who is able, is required to give a portion of their wealth to the poor and the needy.
Beyond this mandatory giving, Islam encourages voluntary charity or “Sadaqah”- such as money, food or even a smile or kind words.
Ultimately, the act of Giving in Islam is seen as a way to purify oneself and to come closer to God.
It demonstrates gratitude for the blessings one has received, and for sharing those blessings with others who are less fortunate.
“Like all wealth-building habits, you must practice Giving before you become wealthy, not once you are there “. Is this your mindset?
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