If a person does something to favor another not expecting any benefit - this is altruism. If the same person corrects his intention for the sake of Allah alone and expecting rewards from Allah alone - does this come under the definition of altruism?

According to the concept of Altruism from the secular perspective, it is to act with an unselfish concern for others without expecting something in return. From an islamic perspective, we do not expect anything in return from the person we help. As Allah says in the Qur'an:

"We feed you seeking Allah's Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you."[1]

We expect reward only from Allah, the Creator of us all. In the example, when the Ansar helped the Muhajireen, they did not expect reward from the latter; however they did hope for ajr from their Lord. This is the concept of Altruism from the Islamic perspective.

Allah knows best.


[1] (Qur’an 76:9)

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