Poverty - 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuh

Today is ! By all of us posting something pertaining to poverty today, insha'Allah we'll be able to raise awareness, start a global discussion and add momentum to this very important cause. And if that doesn't go as hoped for, at least you made the intention and effort to try and get something good going.

Mural by Mohammed Ali

There are a countless number of verses in the Qur'an and sayings of the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa-salaam) about taking care and feeding the poor - this should come as no surprise to any Believer. However, what we know and what we do are two different things...

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Amr (radiAllahu anhu):
A man asked the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa-salaam), "What sort of deeds or (what qualities of) Islam are good?" The Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa-salaam) replied, 'To feed (the poor) and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not know.
... so are we doing what we know?

AlhumduliLlah, I've managed to work with a few organizations in Toronto to know they are unfortunately A LOT of individuals living way below the poverty line. Yes, you get poor in the West; yes, they are Muslim, Jew, Christian - and from every other religion out there; yes, they are very old and very young - and in between; ... and yes, we will one day be asked if we did anything to help.

Do you want to one of those that helped? Donate a dollar.
Would a dollar really make any difference? No.
Would it make a difference collectively? Not really, unless I have 100 readers.
Then why donate? Because it's really about the intention, making the effort.. AND making sure you are consistant in the good that you do (even if it's small). - so don't make this the last dollar you ever give, keep striving to continue this small deed, and THEN your dollar will make a difference, insha'Allah.

All funds and dua's collected will be put together to purchase food for 75 homeless people. I will personally be taking care of putting the packages together, and they will be distributed through a soup kitchen run here. May Allah count them from among the righteous. Ameen.

Last day to donate: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008.

Note: anyone who is unable to donate through Paypal, but would like to be part of this, please email me (amtullah79@yahoo.ca).. I have an idea!

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At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

Asalaamu alaikum.

Awesome. You might want to update the last day to donate though. :)


At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

Assalaamu alaikum,

Let me know about the alternative way sister; I tried using Paypal recently and couldn't... can't remember why but nevertheless it didn't happen. :/


At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

Thanks for your comment. Its always nice to know that people really do care about the poverty that is in this world.



At 6:05 PM, Blogger Sketched Soul

Wa'alaykum as-salaam wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sisters and Jeremy,

Aaminah, jazaki'Allahu khair for pointing it out.. all fixed :D and for the comment.

Umm Ibrahim, jazaki'Allahu khair for the visit. I will insha'Allah email you right away with details :D

Hey Jeremy, thank you for stopping by, much appreciated.



At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

Thank you for stopping by my blog. It gave me an opportunity to learn from you. I really like your message. Thank you for posting!


At 9:47 PM, Blogger mutmai'naa

Wa'alaikum assalam wa Rahmatullahi wa Baraktuhu m'dear :)

Thank you very much. May Allah (swt) reward you immensely in this world and in the Hereafter. Ameen. I pray you also enjoyed your Ramadan and 'Eid :) Did you go to Foundation for 'Eid prayer? Also, do you go to Foundation for Jum'ah prayers? Just wondering because if you do, it would be great if we could meet one day insha'Allah :)

Ma'asalaam <3


At 5:20 AM, Blogger Mona Zenhom

May Allah Reward you, sister for encouraging action.


At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

The more I read your posts, the more I am impressed. There are people who just talk & then there are people who let their actions do the talking. Keep it up :-)


At 10:06 AM, Blogger Sketched Soul

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuh,

Hello RFW, thank you very much for the lovely comment. :D

Pathwayofdevotion, Ameen. Wonderful to see you here! Jazaki'Allahu khair for the comment. I live about half an hour away from Foundation so I don't go for any salaat there unless in the area .. but I am in the area once in a while, insha'Allah we can meet up! :D

Dear Mona, Ameen. Jazaki'Allahu khair for stopping by, always nice to see you!!

Dubai Guy, jazak'Allahu khair for the visit and wonderful comment. AlhumduliLlah.

Wa'alaykum as-salaam
Love Farhana


At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

May Allah reward you for supporting this worthy cause.


At 9:48 AM, Blogger Sketched Soul

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister,

Jazaki'Allahu khair for the lovely dua' and visiting me!

Wa'alaykum as-salaam
Love Farhana


At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

I would love to donate, but when actually went to donate here, i figured out that my card is with my sis, and she's currently shopping : ( ,

i dont want any1 to know im donating, i prefer it to be a secret...

May Allah Reward u ,

At least, U've Given me the chance to make an intention for donation...

Gazaki Allah Kharan ...
Love, sis , Abeer (f)


At 9:19 AM, Blogger Sketched Soul

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister Abeer,

Jazaki'Allahu khair for taking the time to stop by. Insha'Allah next time you can donate, or even better.. try something at your end. May buy some groceries for one family you know that doesn't have much. Any little makes a difference, in this world and especially in the next. :D

Wa'alaykum as-salaam
Love Farhana


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