Last year, right before Ramadan, my cousins and I went to a girls’ halaqah at the masjid. It was a kind of Ramadan prep–setting goals, how to achieve them, what to do during fasts in the long summer days, etc.
One suggestion a fellow sister brought up was to give charity. Time and time again we hear that we should give charity, but how often do we really open up our purses and wallets to donate some dollars and cents?
The sister said to make a goal of donating $5 each day in the month of Ramadan–the price of lunch, or even less when you throw in a bottled water or soda.
I had never heard a suggestion so practical when it came to giving charity. Five dollars a day to any charity, relief fund, masjid–just give for the sake of Allah, subhanahu wa Ta’ala.
We know that in this most blessed of months, Ramadan, our good deeds are multiplied. We know that Ramadan is the month of charity. We know that our wealth does not diminish from giving charity, and in fact, Allah gives it back to us, multiplied. We know that Allah subhanahu wa Ta’ala loves our consistent good deeds, even if they may be small.
So, why not take our knowledge of these things, and act upon it? Putting our knowledge of the above together, we can build good habits and help our brothers and sisters.
In Ramadan, take the initiative to donate an amount of money every single day to charity. There are so many reliable websites out there that make helping people across the globe as easy as clicking a mouse. When you go to Taraweeh prayers, there will be donation and other fund boxes around the masjid, so drop in some money.
Make an intention this Ramadan to donate a set number of dollars each day, or even just a single dollar–whatever you are able–and give, give, give. Give $1, $5, $10 a day, and you’ll be earning the rewards of Allah subhanahu wa Ta’ala whilst fasting in the month of Ramadan, Insha’Allah.
This way, we’ll be giving consistently, though it’s a small amount, and can try our best to continue giving throughout the year.
Encourage your family members to do the same. Insha’Allah they’ll be inspired to give a part of their savings too, fi sabeel Allah.
With each day–29 or 30 in total–that passes in Ramadan, we can invest in our Akhirah, Insha’Allah by giving sadaqah.
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