Giving Sadaqah (charity) is not only a great way to fulfill the needs of the poor, but also serves as a purification of the heart. Therefore, it is important to instill a sense of compassion and the love for charity in your children from an early age on.
To help you achieve this, I want to focus on three, hopefully original ideas to involve your entire family when giving Sadaqah. However, since they are all considered monetary charity in one way or another, it is important to let your family know that there are many ways to give what is called physical charity: like smiling at others or removing something harmful from the road, and that every good deed, no matter how small, is considered Sadaqah. Continue reading
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.
When a monotonous year-round routine takes its toll on you and when the conscious yearning to bathe in the diversity that Allah has decorated this world with gently nudges you, it is time to officially slide into the holiday mood and enjoy the blessings, benefits and learning Allah (glorified and exalted be He) has placed therein. Allah (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Quran:
Say, (O Muhammad), “Travel through the land and observe how He began creation. Then Allah will produce the final creation. Indeed Allah , over all things, is competent.” [Qur'an: Chapter 29, Verse 20]
We have all had great holidays at some point in our lives, at times with family or friends and at times in one’s own solitary company. Some of us have traveled more frequently and widely, while others less so. Experience, the most effective teacher, coaches us in making one’s holiday trip not only fun and productive but also free of unpleasant circumstances and worries. Here is a set of things that one should do before embarking on a journey: Continue reading
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Ramadan departed almost six months ago and it is preparing to visit us sooner than we anticipate. Are we prepared for it to befall us when we have accomplished nothing new? Just like friends, Ramadan would ask: ‘So what have you been up to?’
To silence the awkward conversation, let’s continue the spirit of generosity that Ramadan instilled in us, and reap the rewards we attain as we smile with kindness every time someone asks for a donation.
- Have you wondered if the poor and needy get the same generosity post Ramadan?
- How does the organisation we trusted with our zakat and sadaqa during Ramadan sustain itself post Ramadan?
- Do you continue to lend a helping hand to the cause you have supported during Ramadan?
Each one of us can play a positive and productive role to tackle the roots of poverty throughout the year. Continue reading
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said,
“Every Muslim has five rights over another Muslim: to return the greetings, to visit the sick, to accompany funeral processions, to accept an invitation, to respond to the sneezer” [Bukhari and Muslim].
In the days of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and his companions, visiting the sick was not limited to relatives and acquaintances, but included
strangers and non-Muslims (remember the Jewish kid who served the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and took the shahadah on his deathbed when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) went to visit him.) Continue reading