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Updated on December 22, 2007

Shakespeare said in Henry IV, "He had a tear for pity and a hand as open as day for melting charity."

Mother Teresa said, "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop is missing in the ocean, I think the ocean will be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree of big way of doing things."

Under our present grueling test of financial pressures we find it so hard to give a part of our income in charity. We need to cut down our expenses in order to accommodate charity as it is a mercy we can do to other humans in this life. God is merciful to us in all that He has provided in this life, it is our duty to share that mercy upon others. The culture of charity does not happen overnight one has to practice the mindset in daily tasks.

I read in a newspaper of a touching gesture of an Indian boy named Tejani living in US donating his pocket money of equivalent to Rupees 1001 on the occasion of his birthday to a charitable organization working for curing heart ailments of children. A noble and benevolent act.

Philanthropy is not a new concept for India, but benefactors help people individually and most private donations are given informally avoiding charitable organizations.

Swami Vivekanada has said about the indiscriminate charity of India as compared with legal charity of other nations, the outcome of the system of relief was that the vagabond of India was contented to receive readily what was given and lived a peaceful and contented life; while the vagabond of West unwilling to go to the poor-house for man loves liberty more than food turned a robber enemy of the society and necessitated magistracy, police, jails and other establishments.

In India these festival Christmas and Eid have a special significance as India is known for its unity in diversity worldwide. The festival of Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and conveys his message of love, tolerance and brotherhood. Doctrines of Christianity and Islam lay great importance to charity and giving alms to the poor and straitened specially during these festivals.

Let God direct your charitable decisions. You need to rely on His guidance. Sometimes you have to give when there is no tax deduction available. Other times you need to give cash anonymously.

Look for ways to help others whether tax-deductible or not.

You must make up your mind as to how much you should give. Don't give reluctantly or response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Islam in no way restricts charitable deeds to economic realm. Rather the concept of charity includes every imaginable act of kindness or contribution that one can possibly in order to improve for humans or any God's creatures. Message is empathy and compassion towards those who are less fortunate.

Prophet expounded on the concept of charity even more broadly: " It is imperative on everyone to render acts of charity every single day sun shines in the sky in order to express gratitude to God for every single joint or faculty in his body. It is charity to restore peace between two people with strained relations, it is charity to give a stranded person a ride on his mount or lift his load onto it, it is charity to utter a good word, every step one takes towards mosque for prayer is charity, to remove litter and objectionable thing from people's path are charity.

Unfortunately public confidence in charitable organizations is generally not high. Whether correctly or incorrectly, public has come to believe that substantial number of charitable organizations are either not doing well enough or not doing enough good.

Charitable organizations are having a hard time because of unrelenting scrutiny from regulators, watchdogs and media.

Can we permeate the culture of charity throughout our entire society?


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      gabriella05 10 years ago from Oldham

      Good hub great infornation