The month of Rabi Al Awaal is the perfect time to understand more about our beloved Messenger (pbuh) and how he guided us to give to others for the sake of Allah (swt).
Giving charity is one of the 5 pillars of Islam but there is much to understand about giving to people in need. When we donate Zakat or when we give in Sadaqah, we give for the sake of Allah (swt).
In order to maximise the blessings of giving, we can turn to the wisdom and example of the Prophet (pbuh) to guide us in our affairs.
Our Prophet Muhammd (pbuh) was concerned about the well-being of his Ummah. He is reported to have raised his hands and prayed, “O Allah my Ummah, my Ummah.” (Muslim)
Across the world there are millions of people in desperate need due to war or natural disaster. In countries like Gaza, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Myanmar or the many refugee camps across the world, people are struggling to survive each day. Without food and clean water, they are suffering sickness, injury and are displaced from their homes. They are in desperate need.
Giving to our Need is Greatest fund means you can be sure that your money is going to those that our beloved Messenger loved and advised us to help. It can provide emergency food supply, vital life-saving medicine and essential shelter and protection.
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "Feed the hungry, visit the sick and set free the captives." (Bukhari)
"The person who strives on behalf of the widows and poor is like those who strive in the way of Allah and like those who fast in the day and pray at night." (Bukhari)
The effects of war are devastating. All too often, women and children across the world find their families torn apart and are left to fend for themselves in the most difficult of conditions. Natural disaster and long-term poverty magnify their struggles as they deal with the grief and trauma of losing their loved ones.
Giving to women and children in need is an honourable action, encouraged by the Prophet (pbuh). When you donate to our Orphans and Widows appeal, you let them know that they are not forgotten. Your donation can pay for food, medicine, shelter, school supplies, education or employment support. Your donation can be a lifeline in their hour of need.
“I and the caretaker of the orphan will enter Paradise together like this, raising (by way of illustration) his forefinger and middle finger jointly, leaving no space in between.” (Bukhari)
Give to the near of kin his due, and also to the needy and the wayfarers. (Qur’an 17:26)
The number of people living in severe, long-term poverty around the world is on the increase. The effects of war have meant millions have had to flee their homes with little more than the clothes on their back. Floods and drought have destroyed homes and livelihoods. Without resources, education, healthcare or shelter, millions of people are stuck in a relentless cycle of suffering.
We are dedicated to fighting poverty across the globe. Our Fight Poverty appeal is not just about emergency aid – we believe in long-term solutions that empower people to break free from poverty for good. Our sustainable development programmes can provide skills training, cash grants, crop seed, livestock and give people back their confidence, independence and dignity.
Anas related that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “If any Muslim plants something or sows seed from which a man, a bird or an animal eats, it counts as a charity for him.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
“The best form of charity is to give someone water (to drink).” (Ibn Majah)
The Prophet (pbuh) emphasised the precious nature of water in the giving of charity. Water is essential to life and yet over 750 million people across the world still do not have access to a basic water supply. Dirty water remains the biggest single killer of children under the age of five.
We believe that everyone has the right to clean, safe water. Our Water for All appeal will not stop whilst there are still people dying of dehydration and water-borne diseases caused by toxic water supply or poor sanitation. Your donation will be the best form of charity for the good that you can do – including paying for a desalination water unit, a community well, WASH facilities or crop irrigation.