Give Charity Apart From Zakat

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.

Being a born Muslim and belonging to a relatively religious family, I now realize that the things that we took for granted were not the same for other families. For Eid festivals, my father always used to get me and my brother Islamic gifts such as Islamic posters, jewellery and stickers with Quranic Ayah, whereas for birthdays, the gifts included interesting and informative Islamic books. These things provided us with loads of information about our religion in a fun and entertaining way, and we looked forward to these occasions to receive great Islamic gifts that would further enlighten us about Islam.

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