10 Islamic Acts of Charity Not Involving Money

Allah emphasises the importance of charity throughout the Qur’an and Sunnah and it is one of the greatest ways to control our nafs from becoming corrupted through greed, miserliness and stinginess. The poor and needy who accept charity feel fortunate and thankful whereas in reality the one who should be thankful is the giver, the one whom Allah has blessed with the chance to spend towards their home in the hereafter. Charity protects and preserves us to the extent that the prophet  (salalallahu alayhi wa salam) was reported to have said:

“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” – Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 589

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has blessed some of us with abundant wealth, some of us have enough to get by, some haven’t got a penny to their name and others are overwhelmed with the burden of debt. Those who do not have the means to spend in charity should not fret as Allah is the most Just of those who show justice. Here are 10 islamic acts of charity every single one of us can fulfil for abundant reward that lies with the most Generous of those who show generosity:

1. Tasbeeha:

Glorifying Allah by saying Subhan Allah, Alhamdulilah, La illaha illalah, Allahu akbar are acts of charity that are so easily performed anywhere and at anytime. Whether you are in seclusion inside the masjid or on your way to and from your place of work, these are words that are light on the tongue and heavy on the scales. [Source: Sahih Muslim]

2. A kind word:

A good word is an act of charity. Using the most noble of speech when conversing with everyone is rewarded by Allah. Your kind words are an indication of your faith because the prophet sallahu alayhi wa salam told us:”Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.” (Muslim). Unfortunately it’s become somewhat of a stereotype amongst ‘practicing’ muslims where the more they observe the commandments of Allah, the stricter and harsher they become with the people. This is contrary to the teachings of Islam, sincere knowledge that you seek for the sake of Allah is supposed to humble you, make you aware of your words and how they affect others and make the people happy to be advised by you. However this is another topic altogether! [Source: Bukhari & Muslim]

3. A smile: 

It still baffles me how a religion that rewards the worshipper for smiling at his brother can ever be seen as aggressive! A simple stretch of a few muscles in your face earn you a reward that could stand between you entering Jannah or entering Jahannam wa iyadhu billah. It’s an act of charity that you give not only to the needy or the poor but to even the wealthiest of your brothers or sisters in Islam, those who you know closely and those who you merely pass on the street never to see again. [Source: Tirmidhi]

4. Every Step Toward Prayer:

From the moment you make wudhu to the few seconds you spend walking to your place of prayer you’re in a state of worship that many of us do not even realise! Each step you take is rewarded by Allah as if you have given in charity. Especially when praying in the masjid it is recommended to walk for those who can do in order to increase your reward with Allah. The more steps you take, the greater the reward. Those whose houses are furthest away from the masjid are the forerunners! [Source: Bukhari & Muslim]

5. Removing Harm from the Road:

The next time you’re out and about in the city and you walk past something that could make someone trip or hurt themselves, take care of it, dispose of it and regard it as an act of charity in the way of Allah. Rasulallah salallahu alayhi wa salam told us that removing any harm from the road is considered to be an act of charity. Put aside your pride, your ego, your busy schedule and never belittle any act that can tip your scale of deeds in your favour. [Source: Bukhari & Muslim]

6. Enjoining Good & Forbidding Evil:

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala personally praised every single member of this Ummah in the Qur’an when He said in the Qur’an: “Kuntum khaira ummatin ukhrijat linnaas.” You are the best nation produced for mankind. Subhan Allah… Allah has honoured us in the best way. The reason why Allah praised us for being the best of mankind is stated next in the ayah: “Ta’maruna bil ma’ruufi wa tanhawna ‘anil munkari wa tu’minuna billah.” You enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil and believe in Allah. Not only is enjoining good and forbidding evil an obligation upon every member of this ummah, it is an act of charity on your behalf! The next time you see an evil, do not ignore it but advise in the best way possible knowing that you will be rewarded, whether they accept your advice or not. [Source: Muslim]

7. Settling Disputes:

Our family members, friends, brothers and sisters within our ummah are bound to fall into disputes and arguments. Reconciling between two people is a noble and charitable act and one of the situations where it actually becomes permissible to even lie in order to achieve it. For example, informing one party that the other feels regret and sorrow over their dispute, even if this is not true, comes under the heading of lies that are not considered to be haraam. Rasulallah salallahu alayhi wa salam tells us that: “Bringing about justice between two is an act of charity.” [Bukhari & Muslim]. Be an arbitrator between people, do not ignite the flames of discord and do not be a cause of disruption for others. Earn the reward for a charitable act that makes Allah pleased with you and consequently the people pleased with you.

8. Intimacy With Your Spouse:

It’s almost mind boggling to know that acts that are enjoyable to ourselves are rewarded by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. One of the purposes of marriage as we all know is to prevent us falling into haraam. By being loving with your spouse you are not only fulfilling your own happiness but you are in an act of worship as you are actively staying away from committing sins. It would be enough for us to be granted a loving companion who helps us strive through the troubles and trials of this destructive world. To help one another please Allah and accompany each other in Jannah is already a blessing in itself, but on top of that Allah rewards us for it as if we have given in charity for every intimate moment you have with your loved one. Allahu akbar. Remember to have the correct intention and in shaa Allah your act will not go to waste. [Source: Muslim]

9. Spending On Your Family:

Most of us (I would hope) love our families and spending on them is something that gives us happiness. When your family are happy with you, it automatically makes you happy. Giving in order to see a smile on the face of your loved ones should bring you nothing but contentment and gratitude to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. However we know from authentic ahadith that rasulallah salallahu alayhi wa salam told us that with the correct intention of seeking to please Allah ‘azzawajal, spending on your family is an act of charity! Perfect your intentions and do not let any act that you could be rewarded for go to waste. Whatever you spend for only yourself is temporary but whatever you intend in the way of Allah will be kept safe with Him to be bestowed upon you on the day you need it most! [Source: Bukhari & Muslim]

10. Every Act of Goodness:

This sums it up perfectly. Every single act of good that is intended to be for the sake of Allah is regarded to be an act of charity. It doesn’t matter how minuscule and insignificant it is in your eyes or the eyes of those around you, with the correct intention, anything and everything can be an act of charity. As I have said throughout this post, our intentions make all the difference! [Source: Muslim]

Truly none of us have an excuse on yawm al qiyaamah with the multitude of opportunities Allah presents to us everyday, so take account of yourselves and make your book on that day one that is worth reading… May He grant Jannah to all of us, ameen.

Wallahu a’lam.

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2 thoughts on “10 Islamic Acts of Charity Not Involving Money

    • Assalaamu alaykum dear ukhti. That is so kind of you jazaak Allahu khairan. I haven’t been very active lately but hope to get back into it in shaa Allah. xxx

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