Publication date

9th September 2009


Rianne C. Ten Veen



Charitable Giving in Islam


The principle of giving charity is one that spans all cultures and religious faiths and is an important means of establishing a social safety net for the poor. A general definition of ‘charity’ is: “a voluntary giving of money or other help to those in need” (Bentley, Webber and Hall-Russell 1999).

Oftentimes, charitable giving is motivated by people’s religious beliefs. This report highlights the strong connection between religious belief and the notion of charity. This is an important aspect of all of the major world religions, including Islam. The purpose of this paper is to shed light on some of the key expressions of charitable giving in Islam, which are major aspects of the faith.



Veen, R (2009). Charitable Giving in Islam.  Islamic Relief Worldwide, Birmingham, [Online]. Available: 


  • Charitable-Giving-in-Islam-Sep-09[1]
    Charitable-Giving-in-Islam-Sep-09[1] - English.pdf
    111 KB
More publications in this subject