Generosity is greatly rewarded in Islam – especially during the month of Ramadan – where the rewards for giving are, by far, incredible. Let’s make the most of this blessed month and give to those who really need it whilst investing in our Hereafter. From the team at Savelife Foundation, we wish you all a beautiful month filled with infinite reward and blessing. Ameen.
In the modern world, it is incredibly easy to become wrapped up in our own lives and the day-to-day lifestyle and routine that we are accustomed to. This can lead to us inadvertently overlooking very important aspects of our faith: our history and heritage, our roots and where we come from.
The Islamic faith has an incredibly rich history, spanning thousands of years and reaching out to every corner of the world; it has allowed our brothers and sisters a deeper understanding of our heritage and how it has influenced our culture today. Important traditions and key opportunities such as Ramadan 2019 – and the other significant festivals we celebrate every year – are essential to recognise the impact that our past has on our today. It is this knowledge that enables us to celebrate everything that is great about our faith.
Why one should donate in Ramadan and how we help people in Ramadan?
- Since Zakat is a religious obligation of every Muslim who meet the necessary criteria of wealth, Ramadan is the best month to give Zakat to the needy because the reward for every good deed is multiplied in this holy month.“Any charity you give is for your own good. Any charity you give shall be for the sake of Allah. Any charity you give will be repaid to you without the least injustice.” [2:272]
- One should donate as much in this month because it is believed that every such act is rewarded more in Ramadan.“No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.”
- Since Ramadan is the month of giving, people individually arrange iftar for the needy/poor on their own. If they donate us the amount spent on feeding a person, it will help us to arrange iftar collectively for many needy/poor people to break their fasts.
- The Prophet P.B.U.H. said, “He who gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will receive the same reward as him, and nothing will be reduced from the fasting person’s reward.”
How we help people in Ramadan:
- We have launched Ramadan Fundraisers to accept donations during Ramadan worldwide.
- With the advent of Ramadan, we will be starting an Iftar Drive to facilitate the needy/poor people break their fasts for free.
- We are inviting people to sponsor/support our Iftar Drive, so that their charity is utilized for the cause of helping the underprivileged/povertystricken people and bring smiles to their diminished faces.
- In order to satisfy our donors/sponsors as to whether their funds are being used righteously for this cause, and to prove its transparency, we will post the facts & figures supported by pictures & videos on our social media pages and website.
The Five Pillars of Islam
There are Five Pillars of Islam: Shahadah, Salah, Zakat, Sawm, and Hajj. These are all integral traditions and rites of passage for Muslims and are a significant part of Islamic heritage.
Shahadah (faith) and Salah (prayer) are two of the most important aspects of being a Muslim and must be carried out in compliance with the wishes of Allah (SWT) and the wise words of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Zakat (charity) is the third pillar and is a big part of Islamic culture. It is important to remember that zakat is about sharing our successes with those who are much less fortunate than us, thus creating a more equal balance of wealth in society. Zakat al Fitr (Fitrana) is a special zakat payment made prior to Eid-ul-Fitr prayers, allowing those less fortunate to celebrate Eid as intended.
Sawm (fasting) is a very important part of Islam, especially during Ramadan. Charity given during this month is rewarded manifold. Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) is the final pillar and is another very important tradition that has been maintained for generations. Every Muslim that is able to physically and financially is expected to make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime.
As one of the Five Pillars of Islam, all Muslims are obliged to pay Zakat, if they are eligible to do so. All donations made are rewarded as giving to charity is considered a good deed in Islam. Zakat donations during Ramadan are made graciously, however, and they are rewarded many times over because the month is such a blessed one.The amount of Zakat that you need to pay is determined by your earnings, assets and retained wealth during the current lunar year. There is an obligation to pay zakat once your wealth reaches or exceeds a certain threshold. zakat.
It is important to bear in mind that Zakat is not just payable on gold, silver and cash assets; it is also payable on business profits, investments, any money owed to you, shares, property income, and bonds held. The zakat payable is based on the relevant sums at the time of payment (at the end of the complete lunar year) because maintained profit can vary over the course of the year.
Paying zakat is a reminder that everything we have been given in this life by Allah SWT is worldly and we cannot take it with us when we move on. These material items are not our own, and it is our duty to share the wealth amongst His creation.
Generosity is greatly rewarded in Islam – especially during the month of Ramadan – where the rewards for giving are, by far, incredible. Let’s make the most of this blessed month and give to those who really need it whilst investing in our Hereafter.
Please donate your Ramadan donations to Savelife Foundation!