Every little helps when you’re giving charity
There are so many worthy charitable causes to support, from providing life-saving water to rebuilding lives after natural disasters or even traditional dawah kitchens – but it can feel a little disheartening when you can’t give as much as you’d like to.
Have you ever considered not giving charity, fearing that your ‘small’ donation won’t make a difference?
In this blog, we break down why your small donations can achieve so much, both for you and for the world at large, and why you should continue giving – no matter the size.
Truly, every little helps.
Your small donation can still save lives
Every time you give charity and choose to support a good cause, you’re becoming part of something huge. Whether you’re contributing to a specific project such as building a hospital or supporting a movement tackling a societal taboo, your “small donation” is no doubt making a difference.
Over half the world’s population live in poverty. That means over 3 billion people are living in unimaginable conditions and don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Every time you make a contribution to help these people – whether big or small – you’re helping to break these cycles of poverty and to save lives.
Islamic teachings and principles remind us of the importance of giving charity and the great reward that comes with saving lives.
In the Qur’an, Allah (swt) tells us:
“If anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of mankind.” (5:32)
Give even half a date
Through the Qur’an and hadith, we learn of the immense rewards of giving charity and how it purifies your soul and your wealth.
Allah (swt) doesn’t place importance on the amount of charity we give. In fact, time and time again, we’re reminded that small goodness done consistently is what Allah (swt) prefers most.
The Prophet (saw) said:
“Guard yourself from the Hellfire, even with half of a date in charity. If he cannot find it, then with a kind word.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
This hadith provides a striking reminder that no charity is too small and that the smallest act of just half a date could save us from Hellfire.
We also learn through our Islamic faith that the smallest acts done regularly are loved most by Allah (swt). So do good often, even if you feel like your contributions are small.
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.”
The hidden strength of small donations
While big donations are undoubtedly effective, small donations are the lifeblood of all good causes. Every time you make a donation, no matter the size, you’re showing support, respect and admiration for that cause.
Aside from the direct impact your donations have on the project, your act of support encourages campaign creators to continue their important work. It provides them with a confidence boost and leads to increased morale.
It’s also important to note that the number of supporters often carries far more weight than donation size. One of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns in the world includes 12,000 donors raising nearly half a million dollars for a paralysed cancer survivor. That’s an average donation of just $41 per person.
So the next time you feel unsure about donating a small amount, remember your donation isn’t working alone. With the help of other donors, you can make a huge impact.
FundAmal is the meeting place for Muslims who want to change the world. Our goal is to bring Muslims together so we can support life-changing causes, spread good and further our community.
“And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good.” (2:195)