‘Make alms-giving a daily habit’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MUSLIMS are encouraged to give more alms and refrain from overspending, especially during Ramadhan, a speaker from the Islamic Da’wah Centre said.

Delivering a talk during the opening ceremony of Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB)’s 8th _Jalinan Kasih Project _at Dewan Raya RTB in the capital yesterday, Ustaz Isham Ismail said that giving alms is not limited to donating money or basic necessities, but also by lending a helping hand or giving words of encouragement.

Examples include helping an elderly carry heavy bags or resolving feuds between two parties.

“Don’t wait until you’re rich to give alms. Just give what you can as the more you give, the more Allah SWT will reward you,” said Ustaz Isham.

He urged the audience to give alms not just during Ramadhan but also all year round to help ease the burden of those in need.

“We should give to those in need regardless of race or religion. Our acts of kindness can leave a huge impact to those who receive it.”

He also encouraged parents to teach their children the act of giving, so they will grow up generous.

“We must be grateful of the blessings given by Allah SWT and one of the ways to show our gratefulness is by giving alms. We must remember that those who receive our sedekah will thank us by praying for us. Giving _sedekah _also prevents us from entering hellfire.”

Ustaz Isham also reminded Muslims not to overspend during Ramadhan and to practice saving.

“We must practice controlling our desires during this month as Ramadhan is a time to increase acts of worship or religious duties.”

In his talk, the speaker also stressed that Allah SWT commands Muslims to fast during Ramadhan in order to gain taqwa (becoming more conscious of Allah SWT).”

Allah SWT has promised in the Quran that those that are noble are those that are most pious and one way to achieve taqwa is by fasting, said Ustaz Isham.

“Among the reasons we are required to fast is for us to experience what it is like to feel hungry and thirsty and therefore understand the meaning of hardship.”

When we understand the meaning of hardship, we will complain less, he said.

Ustaz Isham said Allah SWT wants us to experience hardship in order for us to realise that there are others suffering.

“This is why we are required and encouraged to give alms (sedakah) which must come from the heart and must be sincere.”

The Brunei Times