Charity and Hospitality

I used to say to my people that even though United States is facing a lot of natural calamities year by year and the terrorist attack on Sep.11, 2001, the Citizens of USA were never been collapsed by the grace of the Almighty. Even there are some sinful acts (like Homosexual practices, Immoral Sex culture, Abortions, Divorces) and sinful earnings (from war equipment) happening, overcoming all these, the great nature of US citizens is Charity and Hospitality. They treat people equally irrespective of their religion, race etc., and welcoming immigrants every year with loving hearts which is not found in most of other countries. Even after terrorists’ attack, their hearts are not shrunk to think differently. This makes USA as a “dream country” that every citizen of other nations dreams to settle in USA including me. The constitution, the laws, the legislative set up, the governance, the judicial systems and the political, trade and economic systems and too the people are more conscious on the equal rights which are just found on books in many democratic countries. It is because of the mind-set of the native citizens in the USA.

When George Perry Floyd Jr., an African American man was killed during an arrest after a store clerk alleged he had passed a counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis, the most of the Native Americans (White People) came down to the roads to show their agitation. Even the policemen knelt down before the people to regret for the incident made by another police man. Really it made me to feel the difference in maintaining of justice and equality in USA and other countries. We used to get jealousy on the democratic values of USA. According to the Treasury Department’s citing figures from the Giving USA report on charitable donations in 2019, confirmed that Americans gave an estimated $449.64 billion to charity last year 2019, with a 2.4% increase from 2018 and the second highest amount on record. Other than this, the Americans are donating to other Nations individually or through organisations. It is a very true statement made by the Secretary Steven Mnuchin that “The American people are among the most generous in the world,”. He added that, “President Trump’s pro-growth economic policies have provided hard-working Americans with robust opportunities, including the opportunity to give back to their communities, organizations and causes that strengthen our country”. Truly saying, American Food supplies by donation had been feeding most of the developing countries and under developed countries during 20th century and still have been feeding to some poor countries. USA is blessed as the most largest economy conforming the Biblical verse “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).

Islam also teaches us all many beautiful things through Quran and Sunnah, and giving charity is one of them. Charity is one's way to show compassion towards the needy. It acts as a reminder to try fulfilling the needs of others for the sake of humanity. A small portion of charity from our income gives a greater life to the needy people and it gives the pleasure to us seeing the joyful smiling of those who receive it. “Charity begins at home but should not end with it.”. If charity is not within humanity, there is no use of it. Charity gives lives to many in the World to reconstruct individual life as well as society. Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead. He who has no charity deserves no mercy. At the same time some trusts, organisations and individuals are cheating others to get money in the name of charity. They are the stains and hurdles in the society for the generous people to rethink of charity.

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17)

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