widow went to someone's house for a small financial aid. She was known to the
family; and that was not her first visit. However, on this occasion her small
daughter was with her.
A child of the family slightly older
than the visitor's daughter immediately collected his junk of toys and brought
them forth to show to the other child and play them with her. She took great fancy
in one particular piece of his toys. It was not in a good shape though and should
have been thrown away long before. However, the child retrieved his toy from her
hand as the widow stood up to leave with her.
daughter behaved normally as a small child who craves for toys and so did the
other child who wants to cling to his. However, the miserly possessiveness of
the child in the family was normal only because the parents had failed to do what
was normal on their part: - to teach him being charitable. He therefore would
not let the toy go when asked for by anyone of his age or told to do so by the
parents. He would however abandon it later with little interest in it - in this
case, after the orphan had left.
Sadakaat (giving alms and
charity) even under difficult circumstances is a sign of nobility of a family.
It is also believed to be a good divine shield against impending calamities. It
averts calamities by divine grace without one being aware that they" were
Let us consider this: We some times find a person
or indeed a member in the family having a practice of giving alms regularly and
also generously, and yet, very surprisingly, he is seen to be unreasonably stingy
when it comes to making purchases of personal necessities breeds, even small ones,
In contrast, there are also persons who are seen
squandering their hard earned money on personals non-necessities but are stingy
in alms giving. The reason for this is mainly attributed to the programming that
the mind had undergone. It is therefore, truly said that "familiarity breeds
The child having been made familiar with the
practice of giving charity since childhood, has the mind that does not dislike
or hesitate charity-giving as being "unfamiliar".