There’s been a lot of discussion in the Amaliah team on how giving looks like this Ramadan, naturally, due to world events, things look different, with the doors of mosques and community centers closed, and on the ground volunteering being inaccessible to many, we may have to rethink our approach this month if our usual ways of giving aren’t possible.
Each fortnight we put out a poll to the Amaliah Instagram community with the aim to find better answers for all of life’s obstacles, ideas for inspiration and celebrate a sense of sisterhood. We took to asking the Amaliah community what they had in mind and we reckon there’s more than enough to get you through the month and beyond Insha Allah. We love that the suggestions are specific to the current times and reflective of our beautiful community. Our religion is one of community and regardless of COVID-19, we can still contribute to communities in our local area and around the world. We had replies to the story and some of you jumped into our DM’s, the whole list is below!
“Send an ayah from the Quran to my sister as she isn’t fasting”
NZF helps you bring Zakat to life where you live, by connecting your Zakat with local Muslims who should be receiving it. Coronavirus lockdown has led to unprecedented uncertainty and impacted people across the country both in terms of their health, their lifestyle and their finances. Demand for help through NZF has skyrocketed with more Muslims than ever applying for support.
If you would like to find out more about how your Zakat can help your local Muslim community, visit NZF here.
“Give to a cause every Friday on jummah Insha Allah”
“I’m saving money not traveling to work so I’m going to donate it to charity Insha Allah”
“Feeding the birds and leaving a bowl of water out for them”
“Teaching my children a new Arabic word every three days and will make it fun with paints and crafts!”
“Calling my family in Guyana more, even if it’s just to say, Salam”
Our obligation in the month to give Zakat is also a powerful reminder of our duty to give to the society we live in and acts as purification for our own souls. National Zakat Foundation share,
“Zakat is one of the major religious duties in Islam. Literally, zakat means to purify.”
It refers to the purification of a believers’ wealth and soul. Wealth purification denotes the mobilization of assets for the purpose of financial growth and justified distribution. Purification of the soul implies freedom from hatred, jealousy, selfishness, uneasiness and greed. Other Quranic connotations also include the purification of sin. Zakat is mentioned along with Salat (prayer) in 30 verses of the Quran. It was first revealed in Surah 73:20;
“…. and establish regular prayers and give regular charity; and loan to Goda beautiful loan. And whatever good ye send forth for your souls, ye shall find it in God’s presence, Yea, better and greater in reward and seek ye the grace of God: for Godis oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.”
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