“You are the best people raised for the good of mankind; you enjoin good and forbid evil and believe in Allah.??? Qur’an (3:111)
Allah (SWT) has appointed humans as Khalifahs (stewards) over the earth — to maintain and sustain the world and everything in it, from animals and oceans to our fellow human beings. This ayah from chapter three of the Qur’an indicates that Allah (SWT) has entrusted us with the responsibility of ensuring that we stand up to evil and only encourage goodness.
We are referred to as the “best??? of mankind, and in order to uphold this, it is our duty to stand up for those who are unable to stand up for themselves and reach out to those who are oppressed and tormented. Be it war or natural disasters, millions across the world are in desperate need. But how can we continue to obey Allah (SWT)’s command if we are oblivious to the sufferings of those around us? As Muslims, it is our duty to ensure that we carry out the duty declared upon us by Allah (SWT).
Al-Khair Foundation has always been committed to supporting and championing disadvantaged and isolated communities, such as Rohingya refugees, refugees in Europe, and Palestinians. In Gaza, our Orphan Sponsorship programme aims to support children with all their basic necessities, such as food, education, shelter and clothing. Our #Schools4Gaza programme offers 4,500 children access to a quality education with AKF’s support being recognised by the United Nations body UNRWA. We have supported the Islamic University of Gaza in providing food vouchers for up to 4,000 hungry families. We have also provided clean and safe drinking water to 10 mosques, 2 hospitals and 200 families in Gaza.
As Allah (SWT) states in the above Quran ayah, encouraging what is good and forbidding what is evil is part of our core belief system as Muslims. So how can we, as Muslims, not fulfil our duty?
This Ramadan, let us demonstrate that we are among the best of mankind, by helping our brothers and sisters in Gaza.
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