Tuesday, November 16, 2010

of charity week and the street paradox

Assalamualaikum wbt.

May all of you are in peace.

Subhanallah, alhamdulillah, allahuakbar.

All praises to Allah the Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

As you may see from the title, i'm encouraging you to spare some of your money and food that Allah has given you, to those who need it more than you do.

Give sadaqah when you have the chance to do so, and help the unlucky and weak people as we don't know when is our turn to be test by Allah.

Alhamdulillah, the Charity Week 2010 that was organized by FOSIS UK and Ireland, had officially ended. For Ireland, it was started on 2nd Nov until 7th Nov.

I was involved in most of the activities and events, since I was part of the organizing committee for my college Islamic Society(RCSI ISOC). To be frank, it was fun! Alhamdulillah. I learnt a lot about event organization and management, got to know each committee member better, learnt how to respond quickly it there was any shortcoming, etc etc. Alhamdulillah.

And alhamdulillah, all praises to Allah, the 3 weeks of events in RCSI managed to collect more than 6000euro and we won the highest collection among all Islamic Societies in Ireland. We are not proud of the big figure, but we are proud to be able to help MORE people!

Millions of gratitude to all of the committee members, volunteers, participants and donors who made these weeks worthwhile, just for the sake of helping the orphan and needy children, and may Allah bless all of you for your kindness!


Charity Week, is solely aim to help the children all over the world regardless their faith, race, status and nationality. We made it very clear to all of the donors so that they wouldn't be reluctant to donate since all of the money will be given to the Islamic Relief, before being distributed to lot of places ie Mali, Pakistan, Indonesia, Somalia, Kosova, Chechnya and Bangladesh.

It is an annual event for FOSIS, so they also use the donation for follow-up programme at the area that they already planned and invested during the past years. This also include the funding and sponsorship for the Palestine orphans in Gaza.

I remembered one day when my friends and I went to Grafton Street to do the Street Charity, one middle-age man approached us and asked a few things about the collection. We told him about Islamic Relief, and the money will be use to help all children regardless their faith and race.

And he asked more questions.

"Does it also go to Gaza?"
At this moment we can't really sure about where would the money will go specifically for this year collection, and it was our fault for not study and asked the committee beforehand.

I think when he saw us not really confident about the where the money would go, he added,
"How do you feel about your brothers and sisters in Gaza? Would you help them if they need you?
"Yeah, of course we'll help them."

"So how about this money? There are also children in Gaza. They are your brothers and sisters. You know what, at the end of this road there are some people collecting for the Palestinians. I won't give you a cent until all of you go and help your people in Gaza."

He said that while holding a 5 cent coin in his hand. And after a few other questions about our nationality, he just went away.

And we were a little bit confused after that.

After our session ended, we walked down the Grafton Street and when we saw the group of people that the pakcik referring to, now we understand why.

It was the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign(IPSC) having a day boycott to the issue of Israeli Blood Diamond. They invited people to sign up for the petition and to raise awareness of the existence of the Israeli diamond in the diamond market.

They were all Irish, and currently, actively involved in almost all scope of issue that related to Palestine and apartheid Israel.

This was what the pakcik saw-a paradox in one street. One group of Irish, talked about the Palestinian,raising awareness for people to help them. Another group of Muslim ladies, collecting donation for the children around the world.

Maybe he suddenly thought-why wouldn't we-as the Muslim-be the one who talked about the Palestinians as they are our brothers and sisters.
Why wouldn't we-who believing the same God-didn't support each other?

These are among the defects that the people outside there see, and reflect selagi seluruh umat Islam masih belum bersatu. We are the one who causes fitna to our own religion.

To the pakcik, i am among the supporter of IPSC. And this CW donation will also be send to Gaza also, don't worry. And thank you for making my whole day full with istighfar and reflection.

To my fellow friends, never forget to also make du'a for our brothers and sisters in Palestine and other countries after each of the prayer, and support for any cause that will benefit the oppressed, unlucky, and needy people outside there.

"Have you seen him who denies the deen? He is the one who harshly rebuffs the orphan and does not urge the feeding of the poor." (107:1-3)

Allahu a'lam.

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