Charity of One-tenth Income

Zakat and Dasamansh

Charity shows compassionate and kind disposition. Compassion dwells in the mind of a donor and he is always open-minded. The leaders of all religions have accordingly laid emphasis on charity.

According to Muslims, everyone should give a fortieth share of his income in charity.

The Sikhs are directed to spend one-tenth of their income in charity. This rule relating to the spending of one-tenth income is very ancient in India.

The ancient records recovered in the East from Egypt to Afghanistan show that in the days of Prophet Ibrahim, all nations used to spend one-tenth of their income on charities.

Grotus says that to give one-tenth of the income in charities was a very old tradition. History shows that Arabs and Afghans, Carthaginians, Egyptians, Greeks and Turks were all acquainted with this rule.

It appears from the writings of Clement, Avi Canna, Trevelyan, Cyprean, Jerome and other Christian writers that all ancient people were familiar with it.

In the beginning the Jews and the Christians also used to pay one-tenth. The saying was 'Pay one-tenth and become rich'. Historical writings show that traders used to offer one-tenth of their income to the priests who used to present the same before the Lord.

Saxons used to offer one-tenth of the booty from the captives to the sea-god Neptune as a religious duty.

Similary, Xenophon, when he returned from his Asian conquest, offered one-tenth of the booty to Apollo.

Prophet Ibrahim said that the universe belonged to the Lord and proclaimed,

"Glory to God the Lord of the Earth and Heavens."

He offered one-tenth of his income to Him.

Prophet Jacob also acknowledged God as Lord of all and said,

"Whatever you give me, I would offer one-tenth of the same to you."

Jesus said to one of his disciples,

"Sell what you have and distribute it among the poor so that you may get treasure of the Kingdom of Heaven."

He again said,

"Give food in the name of the Lord so that your godowns may be full of cereals and you may lack nothing."

Kabir Sahib says that charity does not lead to scarcity.

Wealth is not decreased by giving charity Like the water in the river. See it with your eyes open, Kabir has said so.

Kabir Sahib

He again said that as long as there is this body (deh) go on giving (deh). When this body would not remain, nobody would say 'please give' (deh).

This is the advantage of coming in this body (deh) that you should give (deh). Oh Kabir, give (deh) as long as you have this body (deh). Go on giving something as long as you have the body. When this body is reduced to dust, no one will ask you to give. Go on giving something as long as you have the body. Do good to others, this is the fruit of this life.

Kabir Sahib

Guru Nanak says that we can know truth only if we follow the true teachings. We should show compassion to creatures and share the income earned by meritorious deeds with the poor and the needy.

Truth can only be known by following true teachings. Have compassion on beings and do some charity.

Asa War M1, 468-18

Seekers after spirituality always do charity.

First comes charity by distributing food. The sick and the helpless are treated and are looked after. Widows, orphans and sufferers are assisted in all possible manners. They are assisted by charity and assured of help. They are encouraged by sweet words.