Give Charity Apart From Zakat

Gift giving promotes a happy and healthy relationship between two people. Regardless of the relation between them, when one gives a present to the other, it makes them feel special and closer. Therefore it is important to select gifts that are meaningful and representative of something for the giver as well as the receiver.

A recent discussion between me and my friends about giving Islamic gifts to each other for birthdays and other special occasions led me to think as to why is it that these types of presents are so important to us. When I was growing up, my parents always stressed that we get small religious artifacts for all occasions, but I never thought that the reason behind it was to promote the concept of Islamic gifts between me and my siblings. So when one of my friends said Islamic gifts, I asked her what do you mean by that, aren’t all gifts Islamic? She told me that her parents never bought religious things for them, and only when she grew up she realized the importance these items have in a person’s life.


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