Piety, Virtue, Righteousness or Moral Excellence
Piety (virtue, righteousness or moral excellence) is not (merely) that you turn your faces to the East and the West; but (real) Piety is that one believes in Allah and the Last Day and the Malaika and the Book and the Prophets, and gives wealth, despite (one’s) love for it, to relatives, and to orphans (or those left alone in society), to the destitute & helpless, to the wayfarer, and to those who ask (for help), and in (freeing) slaves and establish the Salah (Islamic Social Order of intimate adherence to Allah’s Commands) and pays (for) the Zakah (Islamic Economic Oder for Human Welfare), and (the act of) those who fulfil their covenant when they enter into a covenant, and, those who are patient & steadfast in hardship and suffering and in times of war (or crises). Those are the ones who are truthful, and those are the Muttaqoon.
[Al-Quran Surah 2: Verse 177]
You shall never be able to attain (excellence in) piety (virtue or righteousness) until you spend (in Allah’s way for the human welfare) out of what you cherish yourself; and whatever you spend, Allah is surely well-aware thereof.
(Al-Quran Surah 3: Verse 92)