Altruism is the principle and moral practice of concern for happiness of other human beings and/or animals, resulting in a quality of life both material and spiritual.

Charity definition is – generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering; also : aid given to those in need. 

Generosity is the virtue of being unattached to material possessions, often symbolized by the giving of gifts.

Altruism: Unselfish concern for the welfare of others. The altruistic action is characterized by the gratuitousness of the giving – the pricelessness of the resources or the time or whatever it is that is given for nothing in return.

Charity: Generosity, charity, self-sacrifice; the term should not be confused with the more restricted modern use of the word charity to mean benevolent giving

Generosity: The highest gift we can give to another is the gift of ourselves. Giving ourselves in this way epitomizes the virtue of generosity. 

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The Virtue Of Generosity

The Virtue Of Generosity Generosity inspires gratitude, and gratitude inspires generosity. God is generous to us and our generosity, as St. Paul tells us, gives proof of our gratitude towards God (2 Cor. 9:11). In gratitude we are human; in generosity we are divine: “You received without pay, give without...

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The Virtue Of Unselfishness

The Virtue Of Unselfishness The story is told of a Chinese hero who acted with remarkable unselfishness during an earthquake. From the vantage of his hilltop farm, he noticed the ocean swiftly withdraw, like some prodigious animal crouching before a leap. He knew that the leap soon to take place...

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I’thar (Altruism)

I’thar (Altruism) Altruism (i’thar), preferring others to oneself when doing a good deed, is, according to the moralists, giving precedence to the common interests of the community over one’s own interests; according to Sufis, it is devoting oneself to the lives of others in complete forgetfulness of all concerns of...

Sadaqah

What Is Sadaqah? Sadaqah or Sadaka (صدقة‎, “charity”, “benevolence”,[1] ṣadaqāt صدقات) in the modern context has come to signify “voluntary charity”.[2] According to the Quran, the word means voluntary offering, whose amount is at the will of the “benefactor”.[3] Etymology and meaning ‘Sadaqa‘ literally means ‘righteousness’ and refers to the voluntary giving of alms or charity.[4] But...

Tzedakah

What Is Tzedakah? Tzedakah or Ṣ’daqah in Classical Hebrew (צדקה‎) (A-Sadaqah الصدقة ), is a Hebrew word literally meaning “justice” or “righteousness”, but commonly used to signify charity. Notably, this concept of “charity” is different from the modern Western understanding of “charity”, which is typically understood as a spontaneous act of goodwill and a marker of...

Ren (Confucianism)

Ren (Confucianism) Ren (仁) is the Confucian virtue denoting the good feeling a virtuous human experiences when being altruistic. Ren is exemplified by a normal adult’s protective feelings for children. It is considered the outward expression of Confucian ideals. Yan Hui, one of the Four Sages, once asked his master to describe the rules of ren. Confucius replied,...

Philanthropy

What Is Philanthropy? Philanthropy means the love of humanity. A conventional modern definition is “private initiatives, for the public good, focusing on quality of life”, which combines an original humanistic tradition with a social scientific aspect developed in the 20th century. The definition also serves to contrast philanthropy with business endeavors, which are private initiatives for private good,...

Dana

What Is Dana? Dāna (दान) is a Sanskrit and Pali word that connotes the virtue of generosity, charity or giving of alms in Indian philosophies.[1][2] It is alternatively transliterated as daana.[3][4] In Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, dāna is the practice of cultivating generosity. It can take the form of giving to an individual in distress or...

Alms

Alms or Almsgiving Alms or almsgiving involves giving to others as an act of virtue, either materially or in the sense of providing capabilities (e.g. education) free. It exists in a number of religions and regions. The word, in the modern English language, comes from the Old English ælmesse, ælmes, from Late Latin eleemosyna, from Greek ἐλεημοσύνη eleēmosynē (“pity, alms”), from ἐλεήμων, eleēmōn (“merciful”), from ἔλεος, eleos (“pity”). Judaism...

Alms and Almsgiving

Alms and Almsgiving Any material favour done to assist the needy, and prompted by charity, is almsgiving. It is evident, then, that almsgiving implies much more than the transmission of some temporal commodity to the indigent. According to the creed of political economy, every material deed wrought by man to...

Charity and Charities

Charity and Charities In its widest and highest sense, charity includes love of God as well as love of man. The latter kind of love is so closely connected with, and dependent upon, the former, that neither it nor its fruits, under the Christian dispensation, can be adequately set forth without a brief preliminary glance at the relations existing between...

Magnanimity

What Is Magnanimity? Magnanimity (from Latin magnanimitās, from magna “big” + animus “soul, spirit”) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity (Latin: pusillanimitās). Although the word magnanimity has a traditional connection to Aristotelian philosophy,...

Altruism

What Is Altruism?

What Is Altruism? Altruism is a concern for the welfare of others. It is a traditional virtue in many cultures, and a core aspect of various religious traditions, though the concept of ‘others’ toward whom concern should be directed can vary among cultures and religions. Altruism is the opposite of selfishness. Altruism...

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Called To Greatness: The Virtue Of Magnanimity

Called To Greatness: The Virtue Of Magnanimity “The ways of the Lord are not comfortable. But we were not created for comfort, but for greatness.” -Pope Benedict XVI When faced with choices in life, do you tend to pursue what is most noble – what will form you in excellence...

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One Take Aways One Is Equal To One

One Take Aways One Is Equal To One Generosity in Islam If everything flows from Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’aala and everything returns to Allah, do you truly own anything? Are you not but a steward, taking care of that the portion of this world under your care, which is to...

Generosity in Islam

Generosity As humans, we have an innate sense of morality. No matter what religion, race or colour we are, certain qualities serve as the moral standard. We admire justice, bravery, honesty and compassion. We abhor those who demonstrate treachery, cruelty or corruption. Moral standards are universal, and one of the...

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Generosity

What Is Generosity? Generosity is the virtue of being unattached to material possessions, often symbolized by the giving of gifts. Generosity is regarded as a virtue by various world religions, and is often celebrated in cultural and religious ceremonies Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in...

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Charity

Charity as a Virtue In Christian theology charity, or love (agapē), means an unlimited loving-kindness toward all others. Some delineate charity to mean only benevolent giving, while others, such as Roman Catholics, have multiple interrelated meanings (i.e. charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things...

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Man of Service

Man of Service Man of service must, for the sake of the cause he has given his heart to, be resolved to cross over seas of filth. When he has attained his object, he must be so mature that he will attribute everything to its Rightful Owner, and be respectful...

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