This is part of a series to help managers and human resources professionals to understand the various religions in the workplace. Based on the Religion Culture Bridge and used with permission from Max Impact,
The culture of charitable giving reaches back to all of the Abramic faiths as Jews, Christians and Muslims alike place an emphasis on social responsibility and selflessness. In Islam particularly it is considered the duty of every believing person who is capable to give funds to those who are in need.
In the Torah and the Bible Jews and Christians are encouraged to provide for those who have nothing and for those who are suffering. However, at the time of Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), God established critical rules and guidelines for the distribution of charity and established a stronger mandate of charity.
For much of the world, the Charitable Giving Culture was established at that time with the advent and completion of Islam as it does not just leave charity as a one-time task but Islam commands its followers to establish a lifestyle of charity.
In the modern days it is difficult for Muslims and non-Muslims alike to find those who are in need on an individual basis. That is why it is important for organizations like The Zakat Foundation of America to exist. These organizations help people implement the charity that God has asked him or her to do. It is through these organizations that charitable giving not only reaches the proper recipients, but also ensuring that all the funds are maximized.
Predominant religions of the world
- Christian 33.03% of the world’s population
- Islam (Muslim) 20.12%
- Hinduism 13.34%
- Buddhism 5.89%
- Atheism 2.36%
- Sikhism 0.39%
- Judaism 0.23%
- Baha’i n/a
This is an excerpt from the Religion Culture Bridge which is part of the Culture Bridges available from Max Impact, a Rochester Hills, Mich., based leadership development and business strategy website offering a host of complimentary information. © Max Impact, used by permission.
Additional workplace culture resources
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
- Cultural Faux Pas is an interesting quiz about marketing mistakes made by others.
- Culture Quizzes allow you to test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes.
Leading workplace culture books
- Performance Culture provides a simplified approach to create a company culture that has proven to work
- The Great Workplace shows how to build and keep a great workplace and the benefits of doing so.
- Change the Culture, Change the Game offers a breakthrough strategy for energizing an organization and creating accountability for top results.