NOT TO WRONG PEOPLE

Give relatives their due, and the poor and travellers. That is best for those who seek the pleasure of God. They are the ones who are successful. (Qur'an, 30:38)

Give your relatives their due, and the very poor and travellers... (Qur'an, 17:26)

Old Testament

Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord. Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly. (Leviticus 19:14-15)

He [a righteous man] does not oppress anyone, but returns what he took in pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery, but gives his food to the hungry and provides clothing for the naked. He does not lend at usury or take excessive interest. He withholds his hand from doing wrong, and judges fairly between man and man. (Ezekiel 18:7-8)


RESPECTING PARENTS

Your Lord has decreed that you should worship none but Him and that you should show kindness to your parents. Whether one or both of them reach old age with you, do not say "Ugh!" to them out of irritation and do not be harsh with them, but speak to them with gentleness and generosity. Take them under your wing, out of mercy, with due humility and say: "Lord, show mercy to them as they did in looking after me when I was small." (Qur'an, 17:23-24)

Old Testament

Honor your father and your mother... (Exodus 20:12)

 


PROTECTING THE NEEDY

... Any wealth you give away should go to your parents and relatives, and to orphans, the very poor, and travellers. Whatever good you do, God knows it. (Qur'an, 2:215)

What reason could you have for not fighting in the Way of God-for those men, women, and children who are oppressed and say: "Our Lord, take us out of this city whose inhabitants are wrongdoers! Give us a protector from You! Give us a helper from You!"? (Qur'an, 4:75)

Old Testament

Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to Me, I will certainly hear their cry. (Exodus 22:21-23)

Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82:3-4)

Is not your wickedness great? Are not your sins endless? You demanded security from your brothers for no reason; you stripped men of their clothing, leaving them naked. You gave no water to the weary and you withheld food from the hungry. But as for the mighty man, he had the earth;And the honorable man, he dwelt in it. And you sent widows away empty-handed and broke the strength of the fatherless. (Job 22:5-9)


TO GIVE AWAY FOR THE SAKE OF GOD

You will not attain true goodness until you give of what you love. Whatever you give away, God knows it. (Qur'an, 3:92)

It [the charity] is for the poor who are held back in the Way of God, unable to travel in the land. The ignorant consider them rich because of their reticence. You will know them by their mark. They do not ask from people insistently. Whatever good you give away, God knows it. (Qur'an, 2:273)

They will ask you what they should give away. Say: "Whatever is surplus to your needs." (Qur'an, 2:219)

New Testament

...The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same. (Luke 3:11)

Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. (Romans 12:13)

There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the Apostles' feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need. (Acts 4:34-35)


NOT TO BRAG ABOUT SPENDING FOR THE SAKE OF GOD

And [We have prepared a humiliating punishment] also for those who spend their wealth to show off to people... (Qur'an, 4:38)

O you who believe! Do not nullify your charity by demands for gratitude or insulting words, like him who spends his wealth, showing off to people and not believing in God and the Last Day... (Qur'an, 2:264)

If you make your charity public, that is good. But if you conceal it and give it to the poor that is better for you... (Qur'an, 2:271)

New Testament

Be careful not to do your "acts of righteousness" before men, to be seen by them. (Matthew 6:1)

So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth: They have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret... (Matthew 6:2-4)


THE REWARD FOR DOING GOOD

Perform prayer and give the alms. Any good you send ahead for yourselves, you will find with God. Certainly God sees what you do. (Qur'an, 2:110)

New Testament

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. (1 Timothy 6:18-19)

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