Assalamualaikum ... several countries in Africa are now facing their worst drought in almost 70 years, and there is now a significant risk of starvation leading to “mass deaths”, according to United Nations. Four countries – Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen – stand on the brink of a new humanitarian crisis brought about by drought and famine.
For the month of March, our charity of the month is the Ummah Welfare Trust's Africa Drought Appeal. We chose Ummah Welfare Trust for their 100% donations policy, every penny of Zakah, Sadaqah and Lillah received is used strictly for charitable purposes.
According to the charity, "Ummah Welfare Trust has been working through 2016 delivering food to drought-hit families in Ethiopia, North Somalia, Malawi and Sudan. In response to the now worsening situation, the charity has relaunched its appeal to assist even more of our hungry brothers and sisters."
We have made a donation on behalf of our purchasers for purchases made in March (RM10 from each bag sold). But there is lots more to be done; please visit their website here to read more and to make a private donation.
This February, we have chosen as our charity of the month, the Turkish charity IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation.
We first heard of the charity when Mufti Ismail Menk visited the border between Turkey and Syria and highlighted the plight of the refugees there.
IHH was set up in 1992, and aimed to deliver aid to everyone in need, such as victims of war, natural disaster, or those wounded, crippled, starved, homeless and persecuted, regardless of religion, language, race or sect. So far they have provided aid in 135 countries and territories, and counting.
Besides providing shelter, food and medical services to Syrian refugees, IHH also provides emergency aid to Gaza, East Turkestan, Rohingya and Iraq. In addition, they also have specific programmes to assist orphans, and also a cataract campaign, a water wells campaign, and various other aid initiatives.
We have made a donation on behalf of our purchasers for the Aid Pack for Syrian Children, but there are various other causes that you can donate to. Please visit their website and also Facebook page for more details of the amazing work that they're doing. May Allah shower His bountiful blessings to all involved and elevate them to the highest ranks of Jannah, ameen.
We welcome 2017 by choosing a truly amazing charity for January, Majlis Kanser Nasional (MAKNA) or the National Cancer Council of Malaysia.
Since 1994, MAKNA has stayed true to its mission - to mobilise resources in order to provide curative, preventive, research and support services to cancer patients and their families, high-risk groups and the general public, in Malaysia and the world.
The services and assistance they provide are numerous. They provide financial support to cancer patients who require it, and also provide cancer-related medication and treatment at UKMMC-MAKNA Cancer Centre. They also raise funds for all cancer-related services provided by MAKNA, organize cancer awareness and education programmes, encourage, support and conduct scientific and medical researches on cancer as well as provide screening and early diagnostic services to enable early detection of cancer.
We have made a contribution on behalf of our January purchasers. If you would like to donate or learn more about their organisation, more information can be found at their website here. Thank you!
We bid goodbye to 2016 with a truly amazing charity for December, Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders.
Founded in 1971, MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
MSF's healthcare personnel and other staff currently work in 69 countries worldwide, including Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Chad and Libya. In 2015 alone, they have treated over 2 million patients for malaria, rescued and assisted over 23,000 migrants and refugees at sea and assisted in over 200,000 births.
The following photos show the amazing work they do, there are more photos and further information at their website here.
Jazakumullahu khairan for all of you who made a purchase in December, a donation has been made on your behalf.
Our charity of the month for November is the Myanmar Emergency Appeal by Muslim Aid.
The crisis in Myanmar/Burma has been going on for a long time, too long, and recently has escalated even further. More than 200,00 people have been displaced by the conflict and are in desperate need of shelter, food and water.
Muslim Aid has been on the ground in Myanmar since 2012, providing emergency support and assistance in Myanmar in the form of food and essential items and medical treatment.
We have made a donation on behalf of our November purchasers, jazakillahu khairan for your kindness!
May Allah protect them and keep them safe, ameen.
For the month of October 2016, we have made a donation on behalf of our purchasers to the Telekung Project. The Telekung Project started out as a small initiative in 2011, to provide prayer attire or telekung to the needy. They are now a registered NGO and has launched various charitable drives such as Building Repair 4 Ukhwah (repairing a madrasa in Cambodia), Solat Kit, Food Aid 4 Ukhwah, Winter Aid 4 Ukhwah and many more.
The sadaqah we have given is specifically for the Al Quran 4 Ukhwah, to provide copies of the al Quran and tafseer in Japanese to the mosque in Kobe, Japan.
Our new brothers and sisters there need the tafseer to learn more about Islam, and the drive aimed to provide 100 copies to the mosque, together with solat kits, on 3 December 2016.
Alhamdulillah, they have exceed their initial target and received funds enough for 165 copies :)) This particular fund raising initiative is now closed, but you can be updated about their charitable activities by following their Facebook page here or their website here.
May Allah reward them for their amal and da'wah, and may Allah accept all good deeds from you and us, Insyaa Allah.
A smile is charity and it is sunnah.
And indeed, what is more beautiful than the smile of a child?
Sadly, every 3 minutes, one child in the world is born with a cleft lip and cleft palate (estimated 1 in 500-750 births) , a condition where there is a gap in the mouth that didn't close during the early stages of pregnancy. Our charity of the month for September 2016, Operation Smile, is a charity founded in 1982 which provides medical assistance for cleft lip and palate patients, both children and adults, around the world.
A cleft lip and palate surgery costs as low as USD240, thanks to the generous contributions of medical professionals who volunteer their time, as well as corporations that donate critical supplies and equipment necessary for safe surgery. The charity leads missions all around the world, and has provided hundreds and thousands of free sugeries to patients in over 60 countries.
You can read heartwarming stories of patients who have successfully undergone the surgery and how the operation has transformed their lives, at the Operation Smile website here.
We have a made a donation on behalf of our September purchasers, jazakumullahu khairan for your generosity!
In August 2016, RM10 from the purchase of each bag will be channeled to Islamic Relief Malaysia's Al-Quran Braille Waqaf programme.
A joint collaboration between Islamic Relief Malaysia and the Malaysian Muslim Association for the Blind (PERTIS), this programme raises funds to publish the al-Quran in Braille and to distribute them to the visually impaired all over Malaysia.
A sum of RM210 is required to print one Al-Quran in Braille, which consists of six volumes and 5 chapters in each volume. Printed by PERTIS itself, each copy of the Al-Quran unfortunately can only last for about 5 years.
Most of the time, we do take our sight for granted. This programme is a great opportunity to ensure that those less fortunate can also have their own copy of the Quran. If you are able, please donate to this worthy endeavour and let's make sure there is a copy of the Quran available for any one of us who wish to read it, whatever our circumstances may be.
You can visit the Islamic Relief Al-Quran Braille Waqaf programme and donation page here.
If we live in areas where water is abundant, most of the time we do take it for granted. It's hard to imagine life where clean water is a precious commodity, where we have to walk miles every day just to find water for our families. Yet that is a reality for many in some parts of the world.
Our Charity of the Month for July is charity:water, a US-based non-profit organization whose mission is to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person on the planet. Besides the tremendous work that they do, we also appreciate the fact that 100% percent of donations are used to fund water projects.
So far they have funded over 20,000 water projects in 24 countries, and counting. They not only fund new projects, but also ensure that past projects are well maintained, by forging close relationships with the community and local partners.
Give generously, and give from the heart! :)))
Our charity of the month for June 2016, is the UK based charity, Help Refugees.
The refugee crisis has worsened, and it estimated that more than 60 million people have been displaced from their homes. Help Refugees assists by providing aid & upholding dignity for refugees and works fast to send aid & assistance to refugees across Europe, including basic aid (food/clothes), sanitation, medical aid, volunteer support, shelters, search & rescue and outreach work.
So far they have sent aid by lorry to places including Greece, Calais, Macedonia and Serbia and built shelters in refugee camp in Calais, among other initiatives, and hope to do even more in the future to help wherever they can.
RM10 from the purchase of bags in June has been donated to the Help Refugees charity and our ongoing Orphan Sponsorship. Jazakumullahu khairan to our purchasers!