The similarity ends at the above statement.
How much of your tithes or charitable contribution go out to help not only those in need at your church or temple but also to help those who are in need out in the local community, REGARDLESS of religious affiliation. That is one of the strong foundations of Christianity, Judaism and other true religions. Zakat almost always goes to other Muslims and if it does go to infidels or non believers it comes with a price tag, stealth jihad in a very subtle form.
As Ramadan is coming to an end, Muslims are ramping up their giving to Zakat in promises of greater reward. "Charity is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and, according to teachings, reaps even greater spiritual rewards when done during Ramadan."
As you read the article below from the local fish wrapper note that most of the zakat is going to other Muslims. Note the mention of a coupon for 'halal meals' in food boxes and who are those for? The article is very vague.This is just more Taqiyya from Islam. Lies and deception that are allowed under Islam to deceive us infidels, kafirs.
It is a well known fact (see links posted below at the end of this next post) that a certain percentage of Zakat ends up in the hands of Islamic terrorists both here at home through many radicalized mosques and abroad into the hands of Islamic terrorist organizations such as Hamas or Hezbollah. The article below mentions that giving is up to help the refugees fleeing Syria. It also mentions pro reform Syrian rebels who want to overthrow the regime but also establish a government like Egypt now has run by the terrorist based Muslim Brotherhood.
Ramadan is also one of the bloodiest months of the the year in many Muslim countries.If they are not trying to convert the entire globe to Islam, they are busy killing us and each other.
From the Bend Bulletin.
Season of charity in Islam: Muslims give back for Ramadan
HACKENSACK, N.J. — For Muslim Americans, the holy month of Ramadan is not only a time to celebrate, pray and fast, but also a time to give to charity.
This year, Muslim Americans have ramped up donations and volunteerism in anti-poverty programs during Ramadan, which concludes this weekend with the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Donations to international relief organizations also continue, with much of the support aimed at helping Syrian and Burmese refugees who have fled areas of upheaval and fighting.
Charity is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and, according to teachings, reaps even greater spiritual rewards when done during Ramadan.
“By giving charity during Ramadan, the reward increases multifold," said Imam Hafiz Saeed Qureshi, spiritual leader of Dar-ul-Islah Islamic Center in Teaneck, N.J., adding that rewards can come in the form of protection and blessings.
The mosque has hosted speakers during Ramadan from charities such as Helping Hand and Islamic Relief USA. These representatives talked about efforts to help various groups, including Syrians who have fled fighting between the government and pro-reform rebels and a Muslim minority in Myanmar known as the Rohingya that has been the target of ethnic violence.
“Anytime there is an emergency in the news, irrespective of where the person comes from, they come together in support," said Azhar Azeez, national director of Islamic Relief USA.
Islamic Relief USA raised $2 million during Ramadan last year in its Northeast region based in Totowa, N.J. — about half of what was raised in the region during the entire year.
Azeez said the Northeast region typically generates more donations than any of its seven regions, boosted by “huge support" from New Jersey. Islamic Relief, he said, has visited 30 to 40 mosques in New Jersey in the past month alone to talk about its charitable programs.
Charity also comes in the form of iftars, evening meals for Muslims to break the sunrise-to-sundown fast. Often, iftars are sponsored by families at local mosques and are open to the community. Other times, iftars are ticketed events that serve as fundraisers. Several such events in the area have been dedicated to Syria relief programs.
Muslim immigrants have historically donated overseas because they grew up there and have seen the poverty in their native countries firsthand, said Salim Patel, a community leader and Board of Education trustee in Passaic, N.J.
But first-and second-generation Muslims have wanted to be more involved where they grew up, Patel said, so he helped found The SMILE Organization in Passaic to meet that goal.
“They have a distinct American identity and distinct roots and want to ensure that charity begins at home," Patel said.
The group, supported largely by young Muslim professionals, operates food pantries in Passaic and Paterson, N.J., and has plans to launch a health clinic. This year, SMILE launched a new program called A Rose for Ramadan to distribute food assistance to families.
Two hundred volunteers gathered in Clifton, N.J., on a recent Saturday to pack olive oil, chickpea cans, boxes of dates, and halal meat vouchers into 219 care baskets and loaded them on vans.
“I was looking for something that would help people locally," said volunteer Sameera Iqbal, of Paramus, N.J. “I didn’t think it was OK to just cut a check and send it overseas."
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