Charity Chart 2

Charity Chart 2

Charity Across Religions
What do the major religions have to say about charity and giving to the poor? Check out these quotes from the texts of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

Religion On Charity
Islam "And serve Allah and do not associate any thing with Him and be good to the parents and to the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the neighbor of (your) kin and the alien neighbor, and the companion in a journey and the wayfarer and those whom your right hands possess; surely Allah does not love him who is proud, boastful; Those who are niggardly and bid people to be niggardly and hide what Allah has given them out of His grace." --Qur'an 4:36-37

"Take alms out of their property, you would cleanse them and purify them thereby, and pray for them; surely your prayer is a relief to them; and Allah is Hearing, Knowing." --Qur'an 9:103

"They feed with food the needy wretch, the orphan, and the prisoner, for love of Him, saying, 'We wish for no reward nor thanks from you.'" --Qur'an 76.8-9

"There is a key for everything, and the key to Paradise is love for the poor." --The Prophet Muhammad, Hadith reported by Ibn Umar

"Every person's every joint must perform a charity every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it is a charity; a good word is a charity; every step you take in prayers is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity." --Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi 26
Christianity Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you. --Matthew 5:42

God loves a cheerful giver. --2 Corinthians 9:7

Give, and it shall be given to you: good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.
--Luke 6:38

Lend expecting nothing back... --Luke 6:35

As a matter of equality your surplus at the present time should supply their needs. --2 Corinthians 8:13-14

Judaism "And if thy brother be waxen poor, and his means fail with thee; then thou shalt uphold him: as a stranger and a settler shall he live with thee." --Leviticus 25:35

"Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked."--Psalms 82:3-4

"'Ye shall walk after the Lord your God' [Deuteronomy 13.4]. But how can a man walk after God who is a devouring fire? [Deuteronomy 4.24]. It means, walk after His attributes: clothe the naked, visit the sick, comfort the mourner, bury the dead. --Talmud, Sota 14a

"If there is among you a poor man, one of your brethren, in any of your towns within your land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him, and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.... You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him; because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For the poor will never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and the poor, in the land." --Deuteronomy 15:7-11
Buddhism "One should always speak the truth, not yield to anger, and give, even though it be little, to the person who begs. By these three virtues, a man is able to come into the presence of the devas." --Dhammapada 224

"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without have given, nor would the stain of selfishness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared, if there were someone to receive their gift." --The Buddha, Itivuttaka Sutra

Hinduism "The husband and wife of the house should not turn away any who comes at eating time and asks for food. If food is not available, a place to rest, water for refreshing one's self, a reed mat to lay one's self on, and pleasing words entertaining the guest--these at least never fail in the houses of the good." --Apastamba Dharma Sutra 8.2

"When help is rendered by weighing the receiver's need And not the donor's reward, its goodness grows greater than the sea."
--Tirukkural 11: 103

"He is liberal who gives to anyone who asks for alms, to the homeless, distressed man who seeks food; success comes to him in the challenge of battle, and for future conflicts he makes an ally.

He is no friend who does not give to a friend, to a comrade who comes imploring for food; let him leave such a man--his is not a home-- and rather seek a stranger who brings him comfort.

Let the rich man satisfy one who seeks help; and let him look upon the long view: For wealth revolves like the wheels of a chariot, coming now to one, now to another.
-- Rig Veda 10.117.1-6