There are three pairs that always come together in the Quran. They tell us a lot about how Allah wants us to think.
No this isn’t about marriage 🙂
The first pair is:
- prayer AND charity
We always see these two together. Even from the very beginning in Chapter 2:
“[The God-conscious are those]… who establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them.” [2:3]
Prayer and charity are mentioned togetherat least 26 times in the Quran.
The question is: Why?
Prayer is inward. It is about focusing on the self.
Charity is outward, it is about focusing on others.
In the Quran, charity is a right of the poor, not a favor to be held over them.
Allah is telling us that the faithful believers must not only look inward, but must also look outward. Balance.
I’ve always been fascinated by that.