The Difference Between Karam (munificience) and Sakhaawat (generosity)

Hazratwala Hazrat-e-Aqdas Mawlana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Sahhib (DB) once mentioned,

“Today a scholar mentioned to me, “My students in class asked me to explain to them the difference between karam and sakhaawat.  I was unable to give an answer at that moment and I told them that I’ll think about it and get back to you.”  I replied, “If you ponder over the relationship between the two, the difference will automatically become apparent to you.”  It wasn’t immediately clear to him, so I answered, “Every type of sakhaawat is a type of karam, but not every type of karam is a type of sakhaawatSakhaawat is specific to financial aid.  Karam is broader and is inclusive of financial aid and any other type of aid, such as physical assistance.  If a someone goes somewhere to put in a good word for you, this is a type of karam, not sakhaawat.”  He was very pleased with this explanation.”

- Khazaain-e-Shari’at-o-Tareeqat pg. 46

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