The New York times reports that for Anwar Khan, chief executive of Islamic Relief USA, a humanitarian organization, donating to a religious organization is not just doing the right thing, it’s “the essence of being Muslim,” he said.

Besides fulfilling their religious obligation, there’s another reason Muslims want to demonstrate their charity, Mr. Khan said: to show a side of their religion that was often eclipsed by fears of terrorism.

“We want to change the narrative,” he said.

For some religions, such as the Church of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, giving comes with such an ingrained sense of duty that it is rarely questioned. Members are expected to tithe 10 percent of their income annually; it is done on the honor system.

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