Horn of Africa Crisis – Our own flesh and blood are starving to death…
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
A sister, may Allah reward her, alerted me to the fact that there was a huge crisis going on in Africa (apart from the Libyan one, I mean).
The countries which form the Horn of Africa are going through their worst drought in 60 years and the people are basically dying of starvation. The worst afflicted ones are our Somalian brothers and sisters. You can read some more here. Some are calling it the most severe food crisis in the world.
[It's amazing. All the news agencies must have been so busy reporting that Becks and Posh finally got a little girl, that they forgot to inform us that there is a huge humanitarian crisis going on.]
So what can we do?
1) Dua (supplication)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there’s nothing as powerful as dua.
You know what makes me sad? Let me tell you.
Gaza crisis: All the Palestinians rush to help.
Pakistan floods: All the Pakistanis rush to help.
Egyptian revolution: All the Egyptians get depressed about it.
Libyan revolution: All the Libyans rush to help.
You know what would make me happy? Let me tell you.
Horn of Africa Crisis: All the Muslims rush to help their Muslim brothers and sisters in the Horn of Africa whilst also not forgetting about other Muslims (like the Libyans, Pakistanis and Palestinians, for example) who still need their help.
So how can you donate?
Well, for those in the Emirates, I came across this news article.
For those who want to donate online, Ummah Welfare Trust seems good. They say that 100% of proceeds go to charity (none of it goes for admin costs).
[While you're donating for Africa, you could also add some of the others to your basket. Just keep repeating "Paradise, Paradise" in order to motivate yourself. It's okay if the money is a little, because a little can add up to a lot.]
Oh and please don’t wait for Ramadan thinking that the charity will have “more value” at that time. It won’t.
And just think how good you would feel coming into Ramadan having already helped these people.
3) Tell everybody.
Most people have no clue about this. Why is that?
4) Tell the people in the affected regions to do Salatul Istisqaa (prayer for rain).
This is for those who have relatives or friends who live in the affected regions.
I don’t know if they’ve already prayed for rain but if they haven’t, then they should get around to it ASAP.
[Here in the UAE, the prayer for rain is actually done on a government level meaning that they set a date and announce it in the newspaper!]
So, let’s all do what we can, insha-Allah.
May Allah make it easy for all our afflicted brothers and sisters throughout the world.