A Verse Of The Holy Quran :
"It is not righteousness That ye turn your faces Towards East or West; But it is righteous -
To believe in Allah And the Last Day, And the Angels, And the Book, And the Messangers;
To spent of your substance, Out of Love for Him, For your kin, For orphans, For the needy
For the wayfarer, Nor transgressing due limits, Then is he guiltless. For the Allah is Oft Forgiving Most Merciful.
-----(Verse # 177. Al-Baqarah.)
Tafseer : As if to emphasise again a warning against deadening formalism, we are given a beautiful
description of the righteous and God fearing man. He should obey salutary regulations, but he should fix his gaze
on the love of Allah and the love of his fellow-men. We are given four heads: (1) our faith should be true and sincere;
(2)we must be prepared to show it in deeds of charity to our fellow-men; (3) we must be good citizen, supporting social
organization: and (4) our own indiviual soul must be firm and unshaken in all circumstances. They are interconnected,
and yet can be viewed seperately. Faith is not merely a matter of wordds. We must realize the presence and goodness of
Allah. When we doso, the scales fall from our eyes: all the falsities and fleeting nature of the Present cease Allah's Working
in His world and in us: His angles, His Messangers and His Message are no longer remote from us, but come within our experience.
Practical deeds of charity are of value when they proceed from love, and from no other motive. In this respect, also our duties take
various forms, which are shown in reasonable gradation: our kith and kin; orphans(including any person who are without support
or help): people who are in real need but who never ask(it is our duty to find them out, and they come before those who ask); the
stranger, who is entitled to laws of hospitality; the people who ask and are entitled to ask, i.e., not merely lazy beggars,
but those who seek our assistance in some form or another(it is our duty to respond to them); and the salves (we must do all
we can to give or buy thier freedom). Slavery has many insidious forms, and all are included.