The holy month of Ramazan is a time of immense charitable giving wherein we truly experience a taste of what the less fortunate struggle with on a daily basis thereby we become more thoughtful and benevolent towards them.
Charity is embedded in the blood of Pakistanis and almost every Pakistani, in one way or the other donates something. Indeed, charity in Ramadan is multiplied, its reward is ample and its virtue is great due to the nobility and importance of this specific time.
As we have entered into the third ashra of Ramazan, and Eid is a few days away from the door, let’s celebrate the remaining ten days by practicing acts of generosity and help ease someone’s suffering by donating through the right means.
Top 5-tips to carryout charity drive from your home:
If you are interested in starting a charity drive from your home and are willing to donate vulnerable sections of our society, here are some of the key tips you can follow to strike a chord of love and care utmost this month:
Donate your clothes to underprivileged children
Eid is a wonderful time for children of all ages as the delightful feasts, gifts and new attire await them during festivities. Eid is drawing nearer and all children look forward to wearing new clothes and receiving gifts. Unfortunately, there is a section of our society who can’t afford it and rarely wear new clothes on Eid.
But, if you have an urge to help in this holy month, then you can simply donate your old clothes and if have more capacity to afford, then can present new clothes to the poor children especially living in slums as this little gesture can bring a lovely change in their life.
Distribute dry uncooked ration to the less fortunate
With the lockdown to be placed in coming days and many people have lost their livelihood as businesses have been hit hard, in this hard time you can contribute significantly by distributing dry uncooked rations to the needy people.
You can neatly wrap packets and boxes of lentils, flour, rice, cooking oil, tea, spices, beverages, and other food items and distribute it to the less fortunate in an attempt to relieve their worries.
Zakat – a charitable payment
Charity is greatly endorsed in Islam and encouraged Muslims to share what they have been blessed with and distribute it to those who are not so fortunate. Zakat intends to purify your earnings and Muslims usually prefer to pay their zakat during Ramadan, expecting more rewards from God.
So, Zakat is a great charitable payment you can give to a needy family or even to a non-profit organisation who are treating poor people free of cost.
Volunteer your time
Time is money and your time can be just as valuable as money when it comes to charity.
There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with volunteer work such as helping out a local food bank, homeless shelter, Panah Gah, old age homes and simply share your good fortune with those less fortunate than yourself.
Sadaqah – voluntary charity
Sadaqah is not limited to money only or material possessions or any special deed of righteousness. In fact, Islam considers all good deeds as sadaqah that increase our eeman. If a person performs all that is good and keeps away from all that is evil, then this will also be regarded as charitable deeds.
The more we give sadaqah the more we increase our eeman and thus, expect Allah’s rewards both in this world and in the life hereafter. So, if you do not even have anything to donate but, by practicing good deeds and observing good behaviour with other people, you can eventually perform your part of charity.
Donating money and time gives you happiness and mental wellbeing because by this you actually give happiness to others and lessen their misery, and most importantly you can’t find a best time for charity other than Ramadan to perform it.