Give in charity
By Fedwa Wazwaz, Engage Minnesota
“God is in the aide of His servant as long as His servant is in the aide of others…” Prophet Muhammad, upon him peace and blessings.
We can fall in despair at the news reaching us that people are hurting all over the world, or we can figure out how we can help.
I recall reading some words of wisdom by Dr. Ingrid Mattson regarding trials and tribulations:
“As Muslims we believe that human suffering is not always explainable or understandable. We do know that innocent people suffer all the time, from sickness and natural disaster, and that in such cases, we are required to do two things: First, pray and remember, as the Qur’an says that “to God we belong and to Him we return.” Second, we must help those who are suffering.
The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, reported in a Sacred Hadith [Prophetic Saying] that if we want to be close to God, we should visit the sick and feed the needy. On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will say, “O son of Adam, I fell ill and you did not visit me.” The person will say, “O Lord, how could I visit you when You are the Lord of the worlds?” He will say, “Did you not know that So-and-so fell ill and you did not visit him? If you had visited him, you would have found Me with him [the hadith continues.”
Likewise, the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said: “Allah is in the aide of His servant as long as His servant is in the aide of others…”
Instead of listing organizations or how you can give, I would prefer to leave it to you to research the best way you can give and motivate you to do so.
Start by asking questions and find out who has more rights upon you when giving.
Who else is impacted with your charity? You don’t want to place yourself in debt when giving or leave people under your trust – without aid and support as well.
What organizations do you trust that you can reach out to?
What else could you do?
What else occurs to you?
Fedwa Wazwaz is a Palestinian-American born in Jerusalem, Palestine and raised in the US. She was the chair for the Interfaith Relations at Islamic Center of Minnesota. She has completed training in restorative justice at the University’s Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking. She was a 2008-2009 policy fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She is a public speaker and writer and lives in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
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