from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An act of charity; a charitable deed. Acts ix. 36.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun An act of charity.
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- noun The giving of
alms; an act of charity, a good work.
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Lief would I kill him and console my heart of him; and, by delivering the young Moslem from his mischief and restoring him to his country and kith and kin and friends, fain would I lay up merit for the world to come, by taking my wreak of him. 45 This will be an almsdeed from you and ye will reap the reward thereof from Almighty
For it is more praiseworthy to give an alms to one who is in greater want, since an almsdeed is to be praised because it relieves one who is in need.
First because they are rooted in charity, and in this respect an almsdeed is meritorious in so far as it observes the order of charity, which requires that, other things being equal, we should, in preference, help those who are more closely connected with us.
_On the contrary, _ To correct the wrongdoer is a spiritual almsdeed.
But the chief source was collections; and to make these fruitful it was not considered enough to attach indulgences to the almsdeed, recourse was had to theatrical demonstrations to touch hearts and open purses.
"There wanted one Ashrafi, for the asker declared, An almsdeed bringeth tenfold, and I gave him a single gold piece."
I will think it over, and particularly as regards the engagement in some temporal almsdeed.
This will be an almsdeed from you and ye will reap the reward thereof from Almighty Allah. "