Don’t you always want to be the person who bids £10,000 at a charity fundraiser? And not because you want fame or want to be praised, rather video you just watched caused you immense pain. You know you’re not heartless, you know you care, but watching a mother cry over her starving child has left you speechless. The blood on screen has left you senseless; truly the world can’t be that bad?
We all feel like this, it’s very natural and it is this desire which causes us to excel in our lives, for His sake.
This Saturday I had the pleasure to speak at Islamic Reliefs Fundraiser in Coventry for Syria, and once again I was reminded of my obligation to help those who are suffering.
Allah doesn’t need us, if He really wanted to He could have given them all they needed, but Allah wants to test us and them. He says;
“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He wills. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures needs, All-Knower.” [1. Qur’an, Bakarah: 261]
I previously wrote an article which delves deeper in the topic of charity: http://iamalima.org/history-repeats-itself-the-proactive-believer/
This is a shout out and jazakum Allahu khayrun to Islamic Relief for all their hard work, and allowing myself and I am Alima to do our part, and to all the lovely sisters who attended, we look forward to seeing you again! Insha Allah.
Indeed good deeds don’t go to waste, and we pray all our efforts speak on our behalf on the Day of Judgement, Aameen.
Alima Ashfaq is the founder of I am Alima and hopes to transform it into the forefront of assisting women come closer to Allah (swt). She is the author of a number of publications, most notably Du’as of the Superstars.