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.
What box, you say?
The box that each and every one of us is going to pack, insha-Allah, in this Month of Brotherhood, in order to send to our ailing brothers and sisters in Pakistan.
[And no, I’m not a Pakistani and I don’t care if you are not either. We’re all helping out so keep reading. This is our chance to PROVE that we actually care about others. Remember that Allah is the All-Hearer and All-Seer. ]
[I know, I know. You’re like “She’s forcing us to send!”
Of course I am. If I try using sweetie-sweetie tactics, how many people do you think will help out? This is why I’m using the “tough love” approach.]
It’s amazing that everyone is always so concerned about Taraweeh in Ramadan but many of us are not concerned about helping our brothers and sisters. The former is recommended but the latter is an obligation.
I’m one of those that has been at fault. I’ve been in my own world and finally crawled out today, alhamdulillah.
So, what are we all going to do? We’re all going to take advantage of the PIA’s kind offer to ship these help boxes to Pakistan for support.
[A question to those who might not be very interested in doing that: Do you REALLY think that you can gain Allah’s Forgiveness in this month by just praying, fasting and reading the Quran whilst leaving your own brethren to die???]
Here’s what we’re all going to do, insha-Allah:
[If you’ve already done it, then do it all over again. C’mon, it’s Ramadan.]
1) Watch the following video:
Masha-Allah, the brother has explained things very well.
However, PLEASE watch the video otherwise you’ll get confused.
I was like “Box of Chocolates”? Then he explained that the children never get to eat good quality chocolate and were very happy doing so. That makes sense: glucose + making them happy.
2) Go to the supermarket as soon as possible and buy the stuff.
[And PLEASE: don’t try to save money and buy cheap stuff. Buy the stuff that you would buy for yourself. This is true faith when you give your brother what you love for yourself, remember. So, please buy good stuff. (I’m thinking about buying Cadbury chocolates, insha-Allah. What about you?)]
3) Call the PIA representative in your country.
The Dubai Guy is :
4) Nag all your friends and family into helping out either by calling them or email them.
Or if they can’t be nagged, try to butter them up. Whatever works.
5) Please repeat steps 1-4. C’mon, it’s Ramadan.
If you lose motivation, just keep remembering your fabulous house in Paradise.