Help us rebuild the lives of orphaned children and youth across Iraq by providing access to mental health services
as well as vocational training opportunities through the Luminous Stars Centres.
Due to decades of war, conflict and instability, 1 in 5 people in Iraq live in poverty, with orphaned children often being impacted the most. The global pandemic has escalated the mental trauma the children are already facing. The lack of access to basic services could have a lasting detrimental impact on their lives. These children’s future is at stake.
This month of Ramadhan, Al-Ayn will focus its efforts in helping rebuild the lives of orphaned children and youth across Iraq by providing access to mental health services as well as vocational training opportunities through the Luminous Stars Centres.
Inspired by the divine promise, your acts of generosity this month are ‘like a seed’ (Qur’an 2:261) that grows and multiplies.
Khums describes a Muslim’s obligation at the beginning of a new khums accounting year to pay one fifth (20%) of their annual surplus income. Khums plays an important part in the Islamic economic system, in preserving economic equilibrium, and supporting charitable causes.
Khums becomes obligatory at the beginning of your financial year on the profit or surplus of your income after deducting annual living expenses. If you are an employee or have your own business, that is the date you started your job. Otherwise it is a year from the date each profit amount is made. You can calculate your khums via our khums calculator by clicking below.
Al-Ayn have been given authorisation (Ijaza) to receive khums (both parts) to support orphaned children. Read the official ljaza (written permission) from Al-Sayyid Ali Al-Hussaini Al-Sistani here.
You can also contact us with specific queries about calculating your khums or spreading the payments over the year, and we can arrange for a scholarly response.
For the last 15 years, Al-Ayn has built a grassroots community that serves and empowers orphaned children and their families. The Luminous Stars centres provide orphaned children with a second chance at life. Each centre aims to rebuild the lives of orphaned children and youth by providing access to psychological rehabilitation and vocational training workshops to allow for orphaned youth to transition into adulthood.
The support of people like you enabled Al-Ayn to build a pilot centre to address the urgent crisis aid workers were witnessing every day during visits to families. Through the first Luminous Stars Centre in Baghdad, over 1,700 mental health cases were registered. Intervention began to be provided to both the children and their widowed mothers through specialists in Iraq and internationally. Although the pandemic has slowed down such services, many have already graduated, found employment and opened their own businesses, employing others!
Shine a light in this holy month and help build a Luminous Stars Centre.
Do something special this Ramadhan and sponsor an orphan child. We believe that when you give children the tools they need to achieve their potential, the possibilities are endless. The monthly financial support received by each eligible child is life changing.
With a minimum of £55 per month, the basic needs of the child are looked after and they are brought above the poverty line. Orphaned children, just like any other children, deserve to be given a chance. A chance to grow, a chance to discover, a chance to believe in the limitless possibilities their future can hold.
Fidya is for delaying/not fasting due to illness and Kafarra is for deliberately breaking the fast
without a valid reason.
Al-Ayn has 38 completed Sadaqa Jariya projects as well as many more under construction including housing complexes and medical centres. Through your donations, some of the projects are already transforming lives of orphaned children. Part of Al-Ayn’s multi-layered approach includes considering the complex and unique needs of children at all stages of their life.
Projects like the Luminous Stars Centre which provides 15,034 orphan children in Baghdad access to services including mental health support and vocational training. It is a centre that gifts orphaned youth with a real chance at independence. Students are trained in skills like mobile repairs, catering, IT, sewing, hair dressing and more. Already, many have graduated and found employment.
3 Luminous Stars Centres are already serving orphaned children. 12 more are under construction. Inspired by the divine promise, your acts of generosity this month are ‘like a seed’ – 2:261 that grows and multiplies. When you give Sadaqa Jariya, you are saving lives for years to come. You are helping orphaned children emerge out of the darkness that they find themselves in.
Donate this Ramadhan and help better the lives of orphaned children, youth and widowed mothers.
Donate a £20 share
Donate £450 per square metre*
£5 per person (With the intention of it being instead of 3kg of rice).
Time: Zakat Al-Fitra can be given any time during the month of Ramadhan, up to noon on the day of Eid
(or Salatul Eid if one is praying it).
Account Name: Al-Ayn Social Care Foundation
Account No: 20315753
Sort Code: 20-35-93
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