Charity, great and small, is looked on as both admirable, and a necessity, in the life of a Muslim. Muhammad goes on to caution Muslims against the dangers of greed and injustice, saying that one’s injustice will turn into darkness on the Day of Judgement.

The charity of Islam, if followed as it is written, has the power to unite communities, both within Islam and outside of it.

A Religion of Peace

The word “Islam,” is derived from the word for “peace,” in Arabic, and was revealed to mankind with the intention of teaching the infinite compassion and mercy of God. Muslims are called to live moral lives that are marked by respect for life, kindness, and charity.

When we delve into the actual ideas of Islam, we can see that it truly lives up to its name, and that we have nothing to fear from its teachings. The mercy of the Almighty is one of the most overarching themes in the Quran—no one who deeply reads this holy text could come away with thoughts of war and violence.

The more we learn, the more we, as Americans, can begin to see the Muslim community not as a threat, not as “them,” but as “us”—human beings who mean us well, and aren’t so different as we may have thought.