Wednesday, December 29, 2004

"...And Give in Regular Charity."

Salaam 'Alaikum

Across religious and political lines, people all over the world are reacting to the Asian tsunamis with sadness, grief, and a desire to help. As Muslims, we shouldn't care about the religion or politics of the victims -- we are simply commanded to do what we can for them. Outside of the Ummah, there is a bigger sister / brotherhood -- that of Bani Adam.

As some of you know, our own AJ is in Chennai. Alhamdulillah, he and his family are safe and sound. Insha'Allah, he'll be able to give us an update soon.

But thousands of others are not. Hundreds of thousands of people from Indonesia to Africa have lost their homes, livelihoods, and families. So I wanted to do something a little different and give you some resources for that.

We in the West have so, so much. To me, sharing some of that wealth is a progressive thing to do. Don't stop and ask if the person your money is going to is a Muslim or Hindu or Buddhist. Just give. I think that no matter what sort of label we apply to ourselves (or others apply to us) we all, as Muslims, believe in and want to put into action God's Commands and Calls to give in charity. In His Noble Book, he constantly links being a true believer to two things -- prayer and charity. There are so many times in the Qur'an that He encourages and commands us to give to those in need, so many times that He equates it to true, pure belief in Him and His Messenger (peace be upon him).

At the end of it all, don't we all want to be able to stand before Him and say, "I heard you and I obeyed because I loved You?" So give, even if just a little, from what you have.

You may not agree with the "mainstream" organizations who parent some of these charities, but if you can see that they are doing reliable charity work, then give if you feel they're doing the best work. You don't need to go to their conventions or read their magazines, if they're the ones providing help to the orphans and the sick in Asia, you know? There are also links to non-Islamic, secular charities doing reputable work.

And please, remember that supplications -- du'a -- are the most powerful, effective resource you have.

(Links are for your information only, not an endorsement from Living Tradition. Please research a charity before you give to them).

Islamic Relief

Indian Muslim Relief Committee

UNICEF

Minhaj Welfare Society

ICNA Relief

Muslim Aid

Red Cross, Red Crescent

Muslim Hands

Doctors Without Borders -- Their regular site is experiencing very heavy traffic, so you may be redirected to another site.

2 Comments:

Blogger ajsuhail said...

Alhamdullillah, My family and I are safe though there was another Tsunami warning yesterday as a result of which we had to temporarily evacuate.We are back home now.

Those of you who wish to contribute may think of sending your donations to

ISLAMIC FOUNDATION TRUST
138 PERAMBUR HIGH ROAD
CHENNAI 600012
INDIA

ALTERNATIVELY YOU MAY DIRECTLY SEND TO THEIR ACCOUNT

ACCOUNT NUMBER 010000705256
STATE BANK OF INDIA
PURUSAWALKAM BRANCH
CHENNAI 600007
INDIA

Please specify that this contribution is meant for the rehabilitation of those affected by the Tsunami.

Incidentally, this organisation is associated with the Jamaat e Islami Hind and I can vouch for them.

I return to Canada Inshallah in 2 weeks and can be contacted by email till then.

Please remember us in your Duas.

5:15 AM  
Blogger ajsuhail said...

Alhamdullillah we have returned safe and sound after a long and unexpectedly eventful trip to Madras.I intend to post a detailed article on the Tsunami and the destruction we witnessed first hand once I have recovered from my exhaustion both physical and mental.And finally thanks to all of you who made Dua for our safe return

4:50 PM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home