“Charity blocks seventy doorways to evil.” – Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H)
Every year, Muslims all over the world wait for the holy month of Ramadan eagerly. Despite the fact that we fast for more than 12 hours, it’s our favourite month. However this might be mainly because of all the food we get to eat in the suhoor and iftar. Charity in Ramadan is very important and a common practice.
There are so many ways to make this month more special. So many ways to get rewards and forgiveness from Allah. One of the best ways to get reward is to do charity in Ramadan.
Here is a list of five organisations where you can donate to this Ramadan.
While Edhi foundation and Shaukat Khanum are the most famous foundations. However, there are others too who are doing great work.
Dar-ul-Sukun is a Karachi based foundation which cares for almost 150 people. It is a home to physically or mentally disabled children and adults. However they also cater to men and women in poverty. Their mission is to provide them with equal opportunities and independent living without discrimination. If you want to volunteer or donate, visit their website. http://www.darulsukun.com/
2. Dost Foundation
Dost foundation works with street children, drug addicts and destitute women. They also work with prisoners, refugees, youth and the general public. Their mission is to restore to them their lives, their dignity and their humanity despite all problems. They also work to bring them back as contributing members of society. Visit their website to volunteer or donate. http://www.dostfoundation.org/
3. Dream to Education For All
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Dream to education for all was founded in 2011 by students of LUMS. Their initiative is to provide quality education as well as training to students and teachers of underprivileged schools. While you can either volunteer as a teacher or sponsor a child’s education this is one of the best way to give back to community. For details, visit their website. http://dreamtoefa.org/
4. Panah Shelter – Panah Trust
Panah Shelter Home provides shelter and protection to the women who are victims of domestic violence. They also however give them holistic support so that they can take hold of their lives after they leave the shelter. Make donations by visiting their website. https://panahshelter.org/
Pahchaan stands for “Protection And Help of Children Against Abuse and Neglect”. They work with the most destitute children to support them in education, health and protection. Despite hurdles their mission is to provide identity to the nameless, faceless children in distress. Although their website is under maintenance, you can visit their Facebook page for more information. https://www.facebook.com/Pahchaan/
While you donate to these organisations, don’t forget to take care of your neighbours, poor relatives and give charity to the needy in Ramadan.
This is because charity begins at home and while you look elsewhere the people closest to you may need help.