Author Archives: Mary Kuzmenko

ByMary Kuzmenko

5 Principles of Genuine Kindness

Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate

Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate

The definition of kindness is, “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” In a perfect world this is a quality we would wish to bestow upon ourselves and hope others also possess. But why does it seem so hard.

I know what you are probably thinking, “Speak for yourself. It’s not hard for me. I’m a kind person, it’s everyone else who isn’t kind.”

Well here in lies the greatest obstacle to creating a world where kindness is the unwritten law of the land; the habit of humanity; the definition of our existence. The obstacle to this is the fact that humankind has relinquished control to our primitive nature, controlled and orchestrated by (what I call) our automatic brain.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

10 Great Quotes About Giving

10 Great Quotes About Giving

10 Great Quotes About Giving


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Закят – обязательный годовой налог

Закят призван излечить бедных от зависти, а богатых от скупости и эгоизма, и установить хорошие отношения в обществе между богатыми и бедными

Закят призван излечить бедных от зависти, а богатых от скупости и эгоизма, и установить хорошие отношения в обществе между богатыми и бедными

Состоятельные мусульмане один раз в год обязаны выплатить в пользу бедных единоверцев примерно 2,5% от своего имущества. Это своеобразный налог, который в Исламе называется «закят», что буквально означает «очищение».
Выплата закята — это обязанность, один из столпов Ислама, а не просто добровольная милостыня или пожертвование. Истинным владельцем всего, что у нас есть, является Всевышний Аллах. Если вам Всевышний дал больший достаток, чем другим мусульманам, на вас ложится обязанность поделиться излишками с теми, кто нуждается.

Закят не выплачивается с имущества, которым пользуется человек в повседневной жизни, — с жилья, средств передвижения, одежды или домашней утвари. Выплатить закят обязан только тот, кто на протяжении всего лунного года владеет определенным количеством денег в виде сбережений, золота, серебра, имеет в собственности домашний скот, товар для продажи и т.п.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Blessings of Tithing

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Feel more confidence asking God for what we need. Encourages us to be honest. Feel more gratitude. Faith to live a higher law. Feel an increase of love for God.

ByMary Kuzmenko

What Would Happen if the Church Tithed?

Giving is a heart issue, not a money issue

Giving is a heart issue, not a money issue

The church of today is not great at giving.

This isn’t exactly news. But it is a statistical fact:

  • Tithers make up only 10-25 percent of a normal congregation.
  • Only 5 percent of the U.S. tithes, with 80 percent of Americans only giving 2 percent of their income.
  • Only 5 percent of the U.S. tithes, with 80 percent of Americans only giving 2 percent of their income.
  • Christians are only giving at 2.5 percent per capita, while during the Great Depression they gave at a 3.3 percent rate.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Sadaqah and Productivity: the Beautiful Promise of Allah (swt)

Giving charity is one of the five pillars and a part of your Islamic identity

Giving charity is one of the five pillars and a part of your Islamic identity

Isn’t it heart-melting how your Lord gives you the opportunity to spend the wealth He (swt) gave you to bring great benefit to yourself? Giving charity is something truly heart-softening in Islam— but do you know how you can actually become more productive by giving sadaqah?

Giving charity is one of the five pillars and a part of your Islamic identity. But does the charity you give define you or is it just a click of a mouse and ‘job done’? Let’s get the spirit of giving back and find out how your charity can truly transform your life as well as others!

Allah subhanahu wa ta’alaa gave us a beautiful promise which is this week’s central ayah:
Verily those who give sadaqah, men and women, and lend Allah a goodly loan, it shall be increased manifold, and theirs shall be an honourable good reward (Paradise. [Quran 57:18].

Let’s study some big motivators in this week’s Jumuah Special and find out about the amazing virtues of sadaqah and how your charity can make you more productive.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Tithing: Historical Overivew

Historical Proof: The Tithe Pig, group in Derby Porcelain, c. 1770

Historical Proof: The Tithe Pig, group in Derby Porcelain, c. 1770

1. The history of tithes

Originally, tithes were payments in kind (such as crops, wool or milk) comprising an agreed proportion of the yearly profits from farming, and made by parishioners for the support of their parish church and its clergy. In theory, tithes were payable on

  • all things arising from the ground and subject to annual increase – grain, wood, vegetables and so on
  • all things nourished by the ground – for example, the young of cattle or sheep, and animal produce such as milk, eggs and wool
  • the produce of man’s labour, particularly the profits from mills and fishing. Such tithes were termed respectively predial, mixed and personal tithes

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Charity (Tzedakah): What is Tzedakah?

Tzedaka is equal to all the other commandments combined

Tzedaka is equal to all the other commandments combined

Legend holds that the taciturn President Calvin Coolidge once returned from a church service:

“What did the minister speak about?” his wife asked him.
“Sin,” Coolidge responded.
“And what did he say?”
“He was against it.”

One might suppose that anyone writing about tzedaka would run into the same sort of difficulty as Coolidge’s minister. After all, once one says that giving tzedaka is a good thing, what more remains to be said? Jewish sources reveal that there is a great deal more.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Payment of Zakaat

Payment of Zakaat is the third act of worship in Islam

Payment of Zakaat is the third act of worship in Islam

Payment of Zakaat is the third act of worship in Islam. It is a tax which is levied on surplus money, gold, and silver at the rate of two and a half percent annually. Zakaat means purification of property and increase of goods.

By payment of the Zakaat tax, the rich in fact deduct a share for the poor from their surplus wealth thus purifying it. The poor, on the other hand, are provided with monetary assistance to help raise their living standard.

It is a beautiful system where the rich get to help the poor, without the poor feeling indebted to the rich. The Zakaat when due, is given to a central fund and the people who are in charge of distribution, will give it to the poor and needy, as required. Thus the poor and needy are not aware as to who gave them the money; likewise, the rich also do not know where their money went. Therefore, neither feels obliged to the other.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

8 Reasons Why We Need to Tithe

Tithing is a giving God the first tenth of your income

Tithing is a giving God the first tenth of your income

Tithe is the one tenth of annual produce or earnings. God viewed the tithes as the part that was rightfully His in all His people produced or did. The tithes helped feed and pay the priests who kept the temple.

Nowadays, tithing is one of the most controversial topics in the churches. Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches giving is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. Tithing/giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, that is sometimes not the case in the church today.

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