Ramadan 2012

29 Ramadan 2012: The Power of …

He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own. – Confucius (for the second time in a row)

Charity may fall in one of two different categories with the common element being that charity, ultimately leads to societal economic development and revival be it charity that is involuntary (Zakat) or voluntary (sadaqa).

In the first case,

Charity to an individual or family in need, leads to …

    • The purchase of products and/or services required by the individual or family, leading to  …
      • A source of income to the store or business providing these products and Services, leading to …
        • Societal Economic Development and Revival

In the second case,

Charity to registered institutions that manage charities on your behalf, leads to …

    • Salaries to people working at the institutions, and
    • Response to an individual or family in need, leading to …
      • Increased spending by those working at the institutions, and
      • Increased launch of societal and developmental projects, leading to …
        • Increased hiring of consultants, contractors, research, etc…, leading to …
          • Societal Economic Development and Revival

In other words, goodness spreads far and everyone eventually benefits from it even though charity (looks on the surface) as a loss in our own accounts and eventually benefiting the one who gave the charity to begin with.

Some my not like how we looked at charity from an economic perspective, however, the point we wanted to drive home is that in addition to making people happy by meeting their needs, charity makes the ‘economy’ happy too.

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