Why should we do good to others? This is a common question among some people. This group of people looks for a reason to favor others. When someone asks them to help those in need or when they face with the poor they do not accept to help. They think that blessings like healthy or wealth belong only to them and if poor and sick people deserve them they were given. But the reality is something else. According Islamic teachings, this world is a test for us and the test instruments are blessings such as wealth and health. Those who do not use these blessings for the welfare of others in the Hereafter will be punished.
Furthermore, when we ask God for many things and expect a lot from Him, then how can we ignore other people’s needs and neglect their requests. The Holy Quran says: “Nor forget thy portion in this world: but do thou good, as God has been good to thee.”(28:77) this verse is a reminder that all blessings come from God, If you are able to see easily and if you can walk or hear easily you must know that all of them are the grace of God. So, enjoy yourself from the blessings and also favor to others.
It is useful to know the benefits of an action because the person would be interested to do it. For example if a student knows the benefits of studying h/she will do it without the advice of parents. Generally, Human negligence is rooted in ignorance, for instance the ignorance of the truth and the purpose of life and the ignorance of the way to success and some things like that.
The charity is also no exception. Most people think that they lose what they give away in charity while it is not so. The sacred religion of Islam expressed the benefits of charity.
An increase in your wealth Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him and His Progeny) said: “Give charity since it will cause an increase in your wealth. Therefore give charity and God will have Mercy upon you.” (Wasa’il al-Shi’ah, v.6, p.257)
Treatment of Our Patients Imam Sadiq (the sixth Imam of Muslims) has said: “It is recommended for an ill person to give charity to a poor person with his own hands and ask the poor man to pray for him.”(Ibid. v.6, p.262)
Preventing Calamities Imam Baqir (the fifth Imam of Muslims) said: “Giving charity will fend off seventy of this world’s calamities and save you from a bad death in addition to granting you the rewards for the Hereafter.” (Wasa’il al-Shi’ah, pp.268-277)
As you see charity has several benefits for us and it can be realized that the benefits of what we do return to ourselves.
The big problem today is the lack of balance in instincts. Some people in the name of freedom do anything they want. They look at each scene like porno scene and they drink anything like Intoxicating drinks and they do everything like adultery. Have you ever think about very bad consequences of adultery? We just name a few examples. Social disorder is the first big problem of adultery because the relationship of the father and children will become unclear. Increasing in adultery around the world is terrible even to imagine, because in such a world the father-child relationship will be eliminated and there is also no love for these children because of the unclear relationship between child and parents. In addition, adultery leads to many contagious sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) many of which are life-threatening. The disease called AIDS is just one example.
Due to these very bad consequences, the sacred religion of Islam has prohibited adultery. Prophet Muhammad said:There are six bad effects of adultery. Three of them are in this world and the other three are in the Hereafter.
The effects of adultery in this world are as follows:
Adultery takes away one’s sincerity and divine illumination.
Adultery stops the arrival of one’s share of daily bread.
Adultery speeds up man’s destruction.
The three effects of adultery in the Hereafter are as follows:
Adultery will raise the anger of the Lord.
Adultery will make the Reckoning difficult.
Adultery will result in entry (or remaining forever) in the Fire of Hell.”