Ramadan Reflection #4
I wish we gave each other more excuses. I know it isn’t easy, but it sure is better for everyone.
We end up getting in the way of so much good, and we don’t realize it.
I’ve worked for Islamic Relief, ICNA Relief, Helping Hands, and each time I was paid.
What did I do? Helped people remember that their money was a loan from God and that we should do our duties as Khulafa to care for the Earth and the creation placed upon it.
Don’t get me wrong, I did a lot more than that. With God’s help, I built women’s shelters, medical clinics, food pantries, got involved in Da’wah work, and over a few years raised well over a few million dollars for charitable work across the globe.
Could I have done all of that Free-Sabeel Lilah? No
Maybe others can, but I need a roof over my head, food on my plate and I have a family to care for.
So when I am reminding my brothers and sisters of the opportunity to do good, and the response is, “Yes, but how much are you making from this?”
It’s a bit disheartening.
Do people want my bank statement?
Do people need me to prove to them that I’m broke?
Do I need to remind them that I took the path of knowledge utterly aware that my reward is with God?
This attitude is why some can’t have nice things in their communities (or hold on to them when they are there).
This attitude is what drives us crazy since we already have our own friends and family saying, “when will you get a real job?”
If people think folks like me are making thousands writing posts on Instagram, encouraging folks to donate to various causes, and studying Islam, then they need to wake up.
My electric bill has been late for 5 months, and I’m shocked it’s still on.
People don’t have to contribute, and they don’t have to share…
And they also don’t have to be an impediment to folks trying to make a difference in the lives of those who need it.
For the rest of you,
Here’s the link for my Penny Appeal Campaign, now go and give this cutie and other orphans your money.