The Islam21c team is very happy to announce that we have begun a new relationship with a charity partner just in time for the blessed month of Ramadan: One Ummah.
We ask Allah to bless this partnership and make it a long-term one.
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Given the nature of our coverage of what is happening around the world to connect the Ummah to its own stories, and our vision to see confident Muslims impacting the world, we are really happy to have on board a relief charity who focus on 15 crisis areas across the globe, responding to some of the most urgent needs of the Ummah as they arise.
No longer will you be simply reading or listening about the trials that some of our brothers and sisters are going through—but we will now be able to make a positive impact to them directly, by the permission of Allah. We cannot thank Allah enough for such an opportunity to effortlessly carry out our obligations towards our brothers and sisters.
The Prophet ﷺ informed us that whenever we give sadaqa which is pure—and Allah only accepts pure—The Most Merciful takes it into His own hand before He gives it to the slave in need! So mindful of this were our role models that it is reported that Aisha RA used to sprinkle perfume over coins to be given to charity, to give it to Allah in the best way.
Islam21c takes extreme caution with any charity we partner with. We take it as a personal responsibility to ensure we’ve done our best to ensure that this act of worship is carried out in a way pleasing to Allah. Any charity we partner with goes through a thorough screening and must align with our own values and principles, as well as having the trust of the scholarly community. We can—by the grace of Allah—have trust in our new charity partner.
One Ummah can make our pounds and pennies go further, by the grace of Allah. Not only do they have a rigorous Islamic ethos in all their activities—which contributes to the barakah which is crucial in impacting others and pleasing Allah—but we are also proud of their 100% donation policy for their projects; making your £1 go further.
Another thing we are excited about is that One Ummah work with a lot of like-minded scholars, du’āt and influential Muslims who are also contributors to and part of the Islam21c ecosystem, such as Sh Abdur Raheem McCarthy, Sh Zahir Mahmud, Yusha Evans and many more.
What do they do?
One Ummah are currently operating in 15 calamity-stricken countries including Yemen, Syria, Palestine, Somalia and Pakistan. They have been delivering emergency aid around the world since 2013.
Their projects include food pack distribution, water & sanitary projects, sponsoring orphans, building orphanages and masājid, providing urgent winter relief to the needy, building homes and shelters, educating children academically and Islamically, and much, much more, by the grace of Allah.
Are you going to be part of our challenge?
We encourage all our supporters this Ramadan to make One Ummah the charity they use for discharging the great and beautiful obligation of Zakāh, towards the most needy.
But in particular, we want you to be part of our challenge. If you’d like to join us in getting the reward of our mission to feed 10,000 people iftar and suhur for the whole month via 2000 food packs, consider joining the campaign by setting up a fundraising page alongside us, setting yourself a target to spread the word, and tell your friends and family.
This year we want to feed 50,000 people in need across the globe. We aim to do this via One Ummah by delivering 10,000 food packs to the most needy members of our own Ummahtic family.
Allah SWT has provided His creatures with enough rizq to go around. However, due to our own shortcomings as a human species, it is heart-breaking to hear that our own brothers and sisters, our own mothers and fathers, our own children are going hungry whilst we have plenty.
This heartbreak is exploited by Shaytān and our own nafs: if something brings us moral anxiety or a sense of guilt or shame, we automatically block it out. “Don’t think about hungry people while you are enjoying this fine meal,” we subconsciously tell ourselves. But that need not be the case.
One reason we do so is the thought of helping those in need seems like a very difficult thing to do. “Am I supposed to quit my job and become a full-time aid-worker?” our nafs argues. “I can’t just give up all my possessions and live a simple life.”
But you don’t need to.
Alhamdulillah we have a great opportunity to help feed our brothers and sisters who are hungry, without leaving our sofas. Anytime we order that Just Eat delivery, we can just as easily with the same device order a food pack for OUR children in another country.
Allah will not ask us why we didn’t end poverty across the globe. But He will ask us about what we had the ability to do. We all have the ability to make a difference to the hungry people we can feed. And that opportunity could not be easier alhamdulillah.
If you would like assistance with your Zakāh please email [email protected] so we can assist you in delivering your zakah with One Ummah, making the process easier and giving you all the information you need.
A final reminder: when giving charity don’t forget to include other people in your intention. It’s free! Whilst there is a difference of opinion about doing certain acts of worship to share the reward with others, there is a general consensus about charity being included, so don’t ever forget to include your parents, grandparents, family, friends, etc. in your intention!