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Almsgiving

The act or practice of giving money to the poor or to an organization dedicated to religious or social issues. Almsgiving is an important part of many religions, which generally encourage or commend taking care of the poor.
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For his part, Zakat House Information Officer Hamad al-Merri said he was so happy to cooperate with Jazeera Airways to raise public awareness of alms-giving as the third fundamental of Islamic religion and to promote charitable activities carried out by the house to help the have-nots and the needy in Kuwait.
The use of the preposition for, however, suggests that Custance (or, strictly speaking, her hand) is the provider of some kind of 'freedom' for alms-giving - in other words, so that, in order that, alms-giving might proceed.
Henderson offers minute analyses of its patchy records of alms-giving to refute "the old historiographical chestnut" (242) that medieval Catholic charity served only stereotypical Biblical categories, while ignoring the needs of the genuine poor.
While charite did cover alms-giving (especially when used in the plural) and took on the modern sense when denoting help in the parishes through the Dames de la Charite, basically it was still most often referred to as the virtue |qui consiste a aimer Dieu de tout son coeur et son prochain comme soi-meme' (Pierre Richelet, Nouveau Dictionnaire francois (Geneve 1750), I, 227-8).
But while funds are accumulated locally from the alms-giving (zakat) of wealthy and pious Shias, it is generally believed that the lion's share of the bill for the welfare projects is picked up by Iran.
Gospel reflections will focus on Jesus' warning against hypocrisy as well as His teachings on alms-giving, works of piety and charity, praying, and fasting which, He said, must be done with the right intentions, "not for others to see, but in secret, so that the Father who sees in secret will give His just reward.
Ramadan is a period of fasting and spiritual growth, and is one of the five "pillars of Islam" (the others being the declaration of faith, daily prayer, alms-giving, and the pilgrimage to Mecca).
Which takes us to a cultural element: We almost seem to encourage mendicancy, both Islam and Christianity encouraging alms-giving as a form of charity.
The Five Pillars of Islam -- Testimony, Prayer, Fasting, Pilgrimage to Mecca and Alms-giving, are practically identical among all denominations, although they vary greatly in their details.
The ministry added that all individuals who are raising funds or receiving donations for religious purposes, including alms-giving and mosque construction, or as religious figures, to contact the ministry and apply for a licence.
In a statement today, the ministry urged all individuals who are raising funds or receiving donations for religious purposes -- such as alms-giving, mosque construction, persons in their capacity as clerics etc - to report to the ministry and apply for a licence as per the formula put at their disposal.
The alms-giving held at the High Commissioner's Residence was followed by a Ceremony involving Sri Lankan expatriates in New Delhi at which High Commissioner Kariyawasam hoisted the National Flag to the accompaniment of ceremonial drums (magul bera) played by traditionally attired drummers of the Sri Lanka Navy Cultural Troupe.