From where I sit, it seems like life has been one disaster after another, an uprising, a brutal dictator cracking down on his people, earthquakes, a tsunami, unjust laws being rammed through, famine, hunger, poverty, war.
I cannot let myself shut down. I cannot let myself become indifferent to the suffering of my brothers and sisters in humanity. Even if there is little I can do, I must do what I can.
Allah tells us:
وَأَنفِقُوا مِن مَّا رَزَقْنَاكُم مِّن قَبْلِ أَن يَأْتِيَ أَحَدَكُمُ الْمَوْتُ فَيَقُولَ رَبِّ لَوْلَا أَخَّرْتَنِي إِلَى أَجَلٍ قَرِيبٍ فَأَصَّدَّقَ وَأَكُن مِّنَ الصَّالِحِينَ
Spend (in charity) out of the sustenance that We have bestowed on you before that time when death will come to someone, and he shall say: “O my Lord! If only you would grant me reprieve for a little while, then I would give in charity, and be among the righteous.
SubhanAllah, how important must charity be for our akhiras, if what we ask is for a little more time to give? I would think that I would instead ask for a little more time to say goodbye to my family, to see the places I have not seen, to do one or two or three more things, to finish what needs to be done.
No, instead we will be asked about charity. Do not delay in this, especially when there are so many who are in need of it.
Islamic Relief has set up funds to address many of the disasters and tragedies that fill the nightly news. Give generously to those, and do not forget about those closest to you who are also suffering. Our sadaqah should not only help those far away, but also those in our local communities.