日本

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.

死があなたがたを理う前に,われが与えたものから施しなさい。かれは,「主よ,何故あなたは暫くの間の猶予を与えられないのですか。そうすればわたしは喜捨〔サダカ〕をして,善い行いの者になりますのに。」と言う。

63:10

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.

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2 thoughts on “日本

  1. All Japanese I met have been very nice and polite (sometimes too much… my Ukrainian friend experienced a Japanese falling down a waterfall and APOLOGIZING for it). I know two really nice Japanese/cosmopolitan girls (both are okay atm, fortunatelly…). First thing I wondered about, when I heard the news was “why the Japanese…. they are such good and hardworking people…”

    Thanks for the link…. even as a non-Muslim student with not much of income, I am gonna chip in few euros… there are people who need it much more than I do.

    • One of the things that I love from the hadith (traditions of the Prophet) is the emphasis on giving of what you have. If all you have is a few euros, then that is exactly what you can do and inshaAllah you’ll be rewarded for it.

      Keep them in your thoughts – this whole potential nuclear meltdown is very very scary.

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