The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Every Muslim has to give in charity.” The people then asked: “(But what) if someone has nothing to give, what should he do?” The Prophet replied: “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked: “If he cannot find even that?” He replied: “He should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked: “If he cannot do (even) that?” The Prophet said finally: “Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds, and that will be regarded as charitable deeds.” – Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 2, Hadith 524
Now that I am on maternity leave, I spend abit more time at home (the rest of the time is at my parents house).
The downside of being at home is that I can’t avoid the people knocking on the door – I feel guilty if I don’t answer.
One group of people I wish I could avoid are those that are canvassing for charities and asking for regular donations.
Don’t get me wrong, I regularly give to charity and have direct debits set up. However sadly due to my income dropping I have had to cancel some.
So when they come knocking on the door I feel so bad when I have to say sorry but no. The work they do clearly needs supporting. I have had a cancer charity and a heart charity asking for donations. I have wanted to donate, but my financial situation is such now that I can’t commit to any more regular donations. I hate saying no and it makes me feel guilty. But with so many charities out there, who do you support?! We can’t donate to every single one.
I know charities need to raise money but I am against them knocking on your door as I feel it puts added pressure on someone. Yes they have to raise money, but knocking on my door and in some ways pressuring me into donating is not something I agree with.
Maybe I need to stop answering the door……………….