السلام عليكم ورحمة الله
I thought that I’d share my thoughts on the topic of orphans with you, since a colleague has been discussing this with me today and it seems to make sense to consider helping now (if you aren’t doing so already) – especially in view of the tragic situation in Gaza. There are many fundraising events around the country, but this a continuing charity which requires a very small portion of your earnings to give an orphan a bright future, Insha Allah. I think it’s a good time to sponsor an orphan from either one of these organisations – it costs a mere £25/month (or 83p/day). This donation goes a long way to relieve the poverty experienced by needy children and your sponsorship payments contribute towards the provision of the basic needs of the child such as milk, food, clothing, education and healthcare.
I selected them because I know that they both pass 100% of your donations to the cause that you have chosen. Tax claimed from the Inland Revenue through the Gift Aid Scheme is used to cover administrative costs. Please see below some pertinent excerpts from their respective websites below:-http://www.humanappeal.org.uk
Human Appeal International are working to "Relieve the suffering endured by victims of poverty social injustice and natural disasters and to improve the quality of life in deprived communities through education health and social development." We believe that all people should have: Security of life – Security of property – Security of religious beliefs – Security of education – Security of family.
Human Appeal International (HAI)
believes that every child and especially orphans have the right to be clothed, nourished, live a healthy life and have access to a good education.
Human Appeal International aims to secure sponsorship for orphans to provide them with a better future to enable them to be able to support themselves and their communities.
HAI has sponsored thousands of orphans since 1991 and is currently sponsoring orphans in 17 countries such as Ethiopia, Sudan, Kashmir, Bangladesh, Palestine, Iraq, Indonesia and many others.
These orphanages cater for all the basic needs of the orphans and provide a caring and loving environment for them to grow up healthy and happy.
HAI provide full details of the orphan including a picture and an orphan certificate. An annual report will be issued which will include a update report from the orphan field staff and a school report. If the orphan is personally able to write, the letter will be forwarded to the sponsor.
We would like to add that 100% of your donations go directly into helping deprived and afflicted people through our projects. We do not take any overheads or administrative costs.
Interpal is a non-political, non-profit making British charity that works with international funding partners and partners on the ground to provide relief and development aid to Palestinians in need, mainly in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. Interpal seeks to help Palestinians overcome the harsh conditions they face resulting from over 60 years of suffering and occupation by providing them with humanitarian aid, emergency aid and protection from the elements promoting good health within their communities assisting them in the advancement of education providing them with the necessary social welfare facilities and services.
Interpals’ one-to-one Sponsorship Programme aims to provide essential aid, as well as moral support to the most vulnerable in Palestinian society. A small monthly income is provided to around 6,700 Palestinian orphans, 800 needy children, and 75 poor families. Once you become a sponsor, we will provide you with an annual progress report and we encourage contact between you and your sponsored child by translating and forwarding your letters.
Interpal engages in fundraising campaigns and events in order to raise awareness of Palestinian issues and the funds necessary for Interpal’s work of providing "multi-dimensional aid". Funds are obtained through donations and sponsors with administrative costs usually covered by tax schemes (e.g. Gift Aid) or specific donations towards administrative costs. Administrative costs have been under 10% and are never deducted from specific donations.
The Holy prophet (pbuh) said "I and the person who looks after an orphan will enter paradise together like this", then he raised his forefinger and middle finger together. (Bukhari)
Surah Al-Baqarah (chapter 2) – Ayat/Verse 177
It is not Al-Birr (piety, righteousness) that you turn your faces towards the east and (or) west (in prayers); but Al-Birr is (the quality of) the one who believes in Allah, the Last day, the Angels, the Book, the Prophets and gives his wealth, in spite of love for it, to the kinsfolk, or the orphans and to Al-Masakin (the poor), and to the wayfarer and to those who ask, and set slaves free, performs As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and gives the Zaqat, and who fulfil their covenant when they make it, and who are patient in extreme poverty and ailment (disease) and at the time of fighting (during the battles). Such are the people of the truth and they are Al-Muttaqin (the pious).
All verses in the Holy Qu’ran that mention the word ‘Orphan’ – with ones relavant to this message inred
Surah Al-Baqarah (chapter 2)– Ayat/Verses 83, 177, 215, 220
Surah An-Nisa (chapter 4)– Ayat/Verses 2,3,6,8,9,10, 36, 127
Surah Al-An’am (chapter 6) – Ayat/Verse 152
Surah Al-Anfal (chapter 8) – Ayat/Verse 41
Surah Al-Isra (chapter 17) – Ayat/Verse 34
Surah Al-Kahf (chapter 18) – Ayat/Verse 82
Surah Al-Hasr (chapter 59) – Ayat/Verse 7
Surah Al-Insan (chapter 76) – Ayat/Verse 8
Surah Al-Fajr (chapter 89) – Ayat/Verse 17
Surah Al-Balad (chapter 90) – Ayat/Verse 15
Surah Al-Duha (chapter 93) – Ayat/Verses 6, 9
Surah Al-Ma’un (chapter 107) – Ayat/Verse 2
Please pass this message onto your contacts so that we can help as many orphans as possible in this real time of need and feel free to contact me via phone/e-mail if you need further information.