Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Charity During Ramadhan

Asalaamu Alaikum and 
Ramadhan Mubarak to all,

The Muslim Ummah [Nation] today is faced with a situation where on the one hand are privileged and blessed individuals "like all of us" while on the other hand are hundreds of millions of our Muslim brothers and sisters, around the world, who are living wretched lives with no access to basic amenities, no support from the governments and with no hope for a better future for the coming generations. 

Our brothers and sisters from Pakistan to Afghanistan, from Somalia to Palestine, from Bangladesh to MANY countries in the heart of Africa are faced with living everyday with pain, misery and no hope. 

For how long we can sleep with comfort and look the other way when we know all of these less privileged brethren of ours are in distress? For how long can we seek pleasure from our own success and our own progress when we know that one day when we are asked to account for what we did with our wealth and success, only some of us will be able to answer this question well?

Ramadhan is our Holy Month in which most of us pay Zakaat [Compulsory Charity] to the needy and in this way, purify our wealth...

So let's NOT forget those who really need our wealth this Ramadhan, give as much as you can and encourage others to give as well. 

Islamic Relief is an EXCELLENT Organization to Donate To ! 

"The Messenger Of Allah (Muhammad) PBH: Was the most generous of men and he was most generous during the month of Ramadhan when the angel Jibrail (Gabriel) visited him every night and recited the Qur'an to him. During this period, the generosity of the messenger of Allah "Waxed faster than the rain bearing winds."

Commentary:  This Hadith induces us to do two good things frequently and with full preparation in the month of Ramadhan. 

First, benevolence and generosity so that people get maximum time for worship and reduce their mundane affairs during this month.

Second, recitation of the Qur'an and Mudarasah, [reading and hearing the Qur'an from one another] as is done by two Huffadh [individuals who have memorized the entire Qur'an by heart] in this manner.

The reason for the stress on the Qur'an, is that the Qur'an and the month of Ramadhan are closely linked with each other

The Qur'an was revealed in this month [Ramadhan]."

May Allah Almighty bless you and your family for the valuable time that you have spent in thinking about how to help your poor Muslim and Non-Muslim brethren,  as even the thought is in line with the true spirit of Islam – Ameen. 


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