Here we are: about to enter the last precious nights of the month of Ramadhan. Nights which have an immense spiritual significance, where blessings await all of us, there for the asking.
To make the most of these nights, let us approach them with the importance they are due. In the same way we would approach a big personal life event, such as an important exam, career interview, a wedding, or the arrival of a new-born, take some time to prepare in advance for these big nights.
The Night of Power is “better than a thousand months” (97:3). This is our chance to compensate for our shortcomings and seize the multiple rewards in store for us. Together, let us make sure we end the month of Ramadhan on a high note. Whatever your planning style, whether you are a ’to-do’ list kind of person, or prefer to visualise in your head, here are some tips to consider in your preparation:
Create a space for worship and reflection at home
Lockdown restrictions mean we may be unable to spend these nights at the mosque in communal worship. But we can always bring the mosque to our homes by creating a dedicated space for worship.
Prepare for these special nights by making this dedicated space as inviting as you can: keep it warm and free from distractions, bring out your comfortable carpet, and maybe even light a scented candle. If you have children at home, get them involved in creative ways to design and set up this space. Think about how you can use this space to remind you of the significance of these nights, and keep you comfortable through them. Don’t forget to place an Al-Ayn Sadaqa Box in your corner too!
Plant a seed with Sadaqa Jariya
“Those who spend their wealth in the cause of Allah are as though they have planted a seed that sprouts into seven ears, each bearing one hundred grains. And Allah multiplies the reward even more to whoever He wills. For Allah is All-Bountiful, All-Knowing.” (2:261)
Giving Sadaqa at any time of the year is described as a seed that bears seven hundred grains. We can then only imagine the increased blessings and rewards of giving Sadaqa in the holy month of Ramadhan and on a night that equals a thousand months of favours.
But giving with Al-Ayn has another advantage—you can see the concrete life-changing impact of your Sadaqa Jariya on over 64,000 orphaned children in Iraq. Giving to these children provides them with a safe space to process severe trauma caused by decades of violence in the region. You can contribute to projects such as our Luminous Stars Centres which gift 15,034 orphaned children in Baghdad independence by giving them access to services including mental health support and vocational training.
Follow the footsteps of the Father of Orphans (a.s.)
During these special nights, we commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Ali (a.s.). Imam Ali spent his life caring for orphaned children as though they were his own, until he came to be known as the “Father of Orphans”. In his last moments, he instructed the care of orphaned children in his will. He wrote to his eldest son, Imam al-Hasan: “Fear Allah in the matter of orphans. Do not allow them to starve and they should not be ruined in your presence.”
What better way to honour Imam Ali’s martyrdom than responding to his final call and sponsoring an orphaned child? With Al-Ayn, you can sponsor an orphaned child with £55 a month. This amount provides the child with comprehensive care, including basic needs like medical care, housing support and access to education and life skills training, so they can overcome their past and start building a bright future for themselves and their families.
Fulfil the duty of Zakat al-Fitra
Zakat al-Fitra is mandatory and must be paid on behalf of each child and adult in a household before Salatul Eid. Al-Ayn is authorised to collect Zakat al Fitra: you can pay this online or by placing the amount in our Sadaqa Boxes (another reason to keep our Sadaqa Boxes in view on these holy nights!).
According to the ruling of Al-Sayyed Al-Sistani, sponsors must pay the Zakat al-Fitra of the orphaned child they are sponsoring, which should be in proportion to the child’s sustenance costs.
May Allah (swt) receive your ongoing efforts and inspire you and your families to continue serving orphaned children, this holy month and beyond.
Sweet moments are even sweeter…
…when we share them with those we love. Milestones that seemed so far away, have arrived today.
Minutes turn to hours…
…and like the blink of an eye
years pass by.
Loss is often hard.
When moments once shared …become memories.
But in that moment in time
when we remember
we can gift them,
by giving in their name.
‘Gift the dead Sadaqa’
Prophet Mohammed (SAWW)
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