“You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”
Every day our teams work hard to enrich the lives of others, helping those most in need and bringing hope to our unfortunate brothers and sisters.
Of course, there are always challenges, but we - like so many of you, who generously donate your Zakat, your Sadaqah and your time - are driven by good intentions.
As we near the end of Ramadan, where we are blessed with time to truly reflect upon and reconnect with our faith and purpose, a question that often comes up is what drives us? What drives Islamic charities and the exceptional individuals within, to do what we do? The answer is both simple (to do good and serve others) and complex, depending on how deep you venture into individuals’ motivations.
Ultimately, the driving force behind what we do during Ramadan and all through the year is the same force that is behind all charities; the desire, purpose and opportunity to do good. To help, comfort, support and raise awareness so that people do not suffer alone. To do what is right and care for the needy, so they can enjoy moments of peace even when their lives are in turmoil.
We believe that this drive to do good is part and parcel of human nature - humanity and humanitarianism - but with Zakah as an obligatory Pillar of Islam, we can even consider how the core teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the words of Allah (SWT) encapsulate the biggest drivers behind charitable work of all kinds.
Actions are judged by the intentions behind them
You may not be able to save the whole world with one donation, but that doesn’t make the act any less admirable. The intentions behind your actions are what matter. You set out to make a difference, whether it is to one person, one family or a whole community - now, if a thousand other people set out to make the same ‘small’ difference with good intentions, imagine the ripple effect. Charity is all about good intentions; doing whatever you can, whatever is within your means, to make the world of difference to as many as you can.
Serve others, worship Allah (SWT) and thank Him for the opportunity to serve
Serving others and having the opportunity to make a difference and help them in their time of need is a privilege. This is something that we have been blessed with; the chance to do good deeds and change lives by serving others. Whether you pray for peace or health or safety for war-torn regions or you help us to send food and medical aid supplies to a small village, you are growing closer to Allah (SWT) and helping to bring more light into this world. While we will feel pleased with our efforts and the positive outcomes of the work we do, we must not forget to thank Him for the privilege and the opportunity, and we must ensure that we make the most of this chance instead of sitting idly by waiting for someone else to help.
Give to others in this life to achieve more in the Hereafter
So many people in this world hold onto and actively pursue worldly goods and riches, often motivated by wants and desires. Those who work in and support the work of charities are driven by a higher purpose, and by giving in this life - even when it is a struggle - they can be assured that they will be rewarded in the Hereafter.
Whatever you have done this Ramadan, and indeed all through 2018 and beyond, make sure you take time to reflect on WHY you are doing it. Be mindful of the core teachings and their place in how we serve others and why we are driven to do good. Whether you share a smile with a stranger or help support one of our many causes, charity and kindness is a noble undertaking indeed.
Thank you for your ongoing support to Human Relief Foundation (HRF). Let’s continue to make a difference.