Do Muslims Serve Others?

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Do Muslims serve others as an obligation to enter heaven? I chose this questions because one of their fourth pillars is to give charity. I have heard of many charities that are run by Muslims and many volunteers who would donate money or help in some way in less fortunate communities. Nonetheless, I always though they did it mostly out of selfishness so they could enter the gates of heaven. According to my understanding, they were counting the amount of good they do in order to stop the negative stereotype that most Americans stick to them. Due to my lack of knowledge of their true intention behind serving other, I never truly valued their work. Even though, others were valuing from their actions I never truly felt like they were doing it whole heartedly. Due to my negative preconceived notion about them, I asked the question previously stated above. In order to answer this question properly, I decided that I would use the material provided to me in this course and look into the way their charity organizations work and see what their mission truly is. I will also use the Qur 'an to see for myself exactly what it says about charity. Using all these sources I will then see if my preconceived notion change or supported by the research that I find. I started to research and understand the Islam religion, I started to learn that their religion isn’t based on only their own self-improvement but they also truly want to help others. The people that Americans label as Muslims are not always Muslims. There is an integration of the religion into the culture, however not all people in the culture follows the same religion. It’s states that “Many pious individuals, from the mightiest rulers to modest merchants, give money to help out the less... ... middle of paper ... ...lves but as an obligation to Allah it states” To those whose hearts when Allah is mentioned, are filled with fear, who show patient perseverance over their afflictions, keep up regular prayer, and spend (in charity) out of what We have bestowed upon them.” Al-Hajj, Chapter #22, Verse #35). Though their religion is based on rules after researching and finding out all the good that they have done, I realize that being religious isn’t always that bad. Though they do good deeds out of fear of God which I believe actually means out of respect and love for God. That same feeling that they feel towards Gods is also reflected in their feelings towards the poor. All in all, Muslims do their good deeds out of obligation to enter heaven but they do it wholeheartedly and shouldn’t go underappreciated because even if there was or wasn’t a heaven I believe they would still serve.

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