Charity is one of the greatest virtues of mankind. Every religion asks its followers to engage in charities for the fellow human beings and even to other living beings. Charity means using your energy, talent, resources, money, possessions, or whatever else, to help people who need them. Jesus Christ asked his followers to do good to the people who are less privileged in the society, homeless charity
“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:13-14).
Holy Quoran exhorts Muslims to perform charity to attain the love of God and follow the path of righteous in the following words,
“You cannot attain to righteousness unless you spend (in charity) out of what you love.” (The Holy Quran 3:92)
The basic spirit behind the charity in religion is that man must share what God has given to him. Thus charity is also a means of giving justice to the fellow human beings and to serve God as all people are the children of God.
Yet, charity must not be done for getting any benefit in return from this world in any form because then it become business and trading of one type of material possession (wealth, time, knowledge etc) with other type of material possession (name, fame, respect from society etc). It has to be done without any expectation as God Himself rewards those who do charity. An ideal act of charity is similar to throwing your money into the river, which is done silently and without any expectation or even a possibility of return.
Charity for Name
Though charity is a great virtue in religions, yet it is often practiced by worldly and material people who do not have much religion affiliation. Charity is done by people who may not have any believe in heaven or God. Bill Gates, who after being the richest man in the world for fourteen years, decided to quit from his company Microsoft, to work full time for the charitable activity of his foundation viz. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates is not alone in such charitable works. Warren Buffet, the second richest man in the world too plans to donate the more than $37 billion from his $44-billion fortune to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Almost all the biggest charities of the world are set up by some of the richest man of the world, who donated most of their fortune for the charitable work.