Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in Paradise like this,” and he held his two fingers together to illustrate.
We’re living in a world increasingly jaded with processes and human failure, and individually, we’re facing battles silently every day. It’s easy to fall into a cycle of despair and live life with blinders – unable to see the good in everything. Time and time again, I’ve gotten myself into a rut where I’m filled with angst, I try to pull myself back up and then I self-oscillate between extremes.
Let’s just say, the past few months have been challenging. As a consequence, I began desperately looking for a way to to give love, because paradoxically, I have found that it is in the moment when you feel that you cannot give out love, that you must.
If there’s anything I’ve learnt, it’s that we rise by lifting others. And if there’s anything I truly believe in putting my heart and soul into, it’s in the young.
A good friend of mine who knew of my plight reminded me of the work being done by SIRAJ (Singapore Students Association in Jordan) and I knew God was answering my prayers in various ways.
I previously liaised with SIRAJ for a donation drive (for more info, click here: Syrian Refugees Donation Drive) and have great confidence in their reliability and trustworthiness.
It is hard to ignore the fact that the condition in Syria has been declining sharply and young Muslim orphans who seek refuge elsewhere are a dime a dozen. Young children are at the receiving end of the atrocities happening, and we have abundant videos circulating online to show the immense mental, physical and emotional trauma they are facing. I don’t know about you but I cannot go through these videos dry-eyed. What is this life but a test, but what is my test compared to theirs?
There may be limited resources being extended to these beautiful souls, but hope is still present. Mosques, individual Muslims, churches and other organisations are stepping in to help shelter and educate the children. We can help too.
SIRAJ is working with Ma’an Nabni, a non-profitable organisation aiding Syrian refugees in Mafraq, Jordan. They do plenty of projects like collecting donations for their iftar during Ramadhan and providing new clothes during winter season. One of their ongoing projects, and one that has caught my attention and heart, is the building of a Madrasah, an Islamic school and lodge for Muslim orphan. This project has been ongoing since 2014, and now reaching completion, but they are in need of a total of SGD 20,000 to finish construction and to get the school up and running.
Every cent donated will aid in the completion of this madrasah, so please extend a hand and donate what you can. I will be collecting donations as well, so you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (or my number, if you have it) and we can pool the money together and transfer it to my friend in Jordan.
Below are a few pictures of the madrasah (from SIRAJ) that is still in the midst of construction:
For those who want to know more about this project, do go to the link: https://m.facebook.com/sirajordan
I leave you on this note, with a very moving Hadith Qudsi (Divine Hadith). May Allah bless us abundantly with love, grace and mercy.
The Prophet, peace be upon him, said:
“Allah will say on the Day of Judgment, ‘O son of Adam, I was sick and you did not visit Me.’ He will say, ‘O my Lord, how could I visit You, when you are the Lord of the Worlds.’ Allah will say, ‘Did you not know that My servant so-and-so was sick and you did not visit him? Did you not know that if you had visited him, you would have found Me there?’ Allah will say, ‘O son of Adam, I asked you for food and you fed Me not.’ He shall say, ‘O my Lord, how could I feed you and you are the Lord of the Worlds?’ And Allah will say, ‘Did you not know that My servant so-and-so was in need of food and you did not feed him? Did you not know that if you had fed him, you would have found that to have been for Me?’ ‘O son of Adam, I asked you for water and you did not give Me to drink.’ The man shall say, ‘O my Lord, how could I give You water, when You are the Lord of the Worlds?’ Allah will say, ‘My servant so-and-so asked you for water and you did not give him to drink water. Did you not know that if you had given him to drink, you would have found that to have been for Me.’ (Muslim, Hadith no. 4661)