Inspired by the values of our faith, Taleem Foundation works from an ethos of social inclusion – empowering those who are socially, financially or physically vulnerable in order to promote individual well-being and harmonious communities.
With a focus on social, religious and gender equality while providing effective, practical support to those in need, we aim to develop independent initiatives, raise awareness, challenge intolerance and expand resources for those who need it most. Our approach is based on open and honest communication, collaborating with individuals and organisations for the benefit of service users and their communities.
Our commitment is to connect, support and empower these individuals regardless of social background, gender, ethnicity or circumstance. We also offer direct support for Taleem youth who would otherwise be deprived of the right to education, training and personal development.
Taleem Foundation lives by the following values: mutual respect, requiring us to recognise the innate worth of all people
Equality: We believe that the lives of all human beings are of equal value;
Respect: We affirm the dignity, potential and contribution of participants, donors, partners, staff and volunteers.
Integrity: We act consistently with our mission, being honest and transparent in what we do and say;
Partnerships: We work together effectively to serve the larger community;
Quality: We constantly challenge ourselves to the highest levels of learning and performance to achieve greater impact.
Diversity, equity and justice, requiring us to work to ensure equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion.
Honesty and transparency, being accountable at all levels for the effectiveness of our actions and open in our judgements and communications with others.
Humility in our presentation and behaviour, recognising that we are part of a wider alliance against poverty.
كُنْتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ تَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَتَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ
You are the best nation (Ummah) produced as an example for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah (3:110)
This verse describes the Muslim nation so that it becomes aware of its position, value and true nature. The first part of the verse imposes a very heavy duty on the Muslim community, while at the same time honoring and elevating it to a position which cannot be given to any other community: “You are the best community that has ever been raised for mankind; you enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid what is wrong, and you believe in God.”
“You are the best community that has ever been raised for mankind.” The Muslim nation should understand this in order to know its position and its true nature. It should know that it has been raised specially for the purpose of assuming the leadership of mankind, since it is the best nation. God wants the leadership in this planet of ours to be assumed by the forces of goodness, not the forces of evil. It follows that it should
1- Major Area of interest: Education, Healthcare, Welfare support, Emergency aid.
2- To create research centers and spread education through academic institutes, vocational training centers, libraries and digital book archive of mass education centers.
3- To advance education and training for the public benefit;
4- Promoting community participation in healthy recreation through the playing of sport or sports;
5- The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage;
6- To sponsor orphans and maintain their physical and spiritual upbringing by Setting up care homes and schools.
7-To provide community health care.
8-Such charitable purposes for the public benefit as are exclusively charitable according to the laws of England and Wales as the trustees may from time to time determine
Taleem Foundation aims to inspire people to seek knowledge and to preserve Islamic Scholarship. It is our intention to support students financially and morally who are proactive, confident, talented and willing to embark upon the journey of seeking knowledge.
Education Sector, Taleem Foundation would like to support two groups of students:
Those students who would like to combine both general and Islamic education to the level of recognised qualifications within the mainstream Islamic world and Western society.
Those female students who would like to revive the rich heritage of Female Islamic Scholarship’. Hence, if there are any female students with a general education wishing to embark upon Islamic education, they will be priorities in the selection process.
Education, Healthcare, Livelihoods, Orphan Care, Thirst Life, Emergency relief, UK homeless projects
Education: At the Heart of our Work for Over 5 Years
Education is a key that unlocks countless opportunities. It is a way out of poverty, a driving force for social change and an important aspect of personal development and welfare. This is why it is at the heart of the work we do.
Taleem Foundation runs educational projects around the world. We have built up a global network of schools, each catering to the specific needs of the area they are serving.
This ranges from modest classrooms serving isolated communities that would otherwise not have access to schooling, to campuses serving large groups of poor and disadvantaged children.
As well as establishing our own schools, we run a varied range of educational programmes in a number of different areas. This gives those who may have missed out on educational opportunities or those who have specific educational needs, the support they require to progress in life.
Whether it is providing vocational training for young adults in Bangladesh or supporting specialised learning for deaf children in Bosnia, our work in education is all about providing opportunities that empower people to build a better future for themselves.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Just like prayer (salah) and fasting, Zakat is a pillar of Islam.
Zakat is therefore an obligatory act of worship intended to purify our wealth and to take care of the needy.
Zakat is obligatory upon those who fulfill the necessary conditions. There are FIVE conditions concerning the PERSON and SIX conditions concerning the WEALTH. Conditions Regarding the Person:
Islam – Zakat is obligatory upon Muslims only, as it is an act of Worship (Ibadah).
Adulthood – Zakat is obligatory upon Muslim Adults.
Sanity – There is no Zakat on the wealth of an insane person.
Freedom – There is no Zakat on slaves, as ownership of wealth is a condition for Zakat.
Debt free – Zakat is not obligatory on someone who owes a debt to a person, however, if the wealth exceeds the debt, he pays Zakat on the excess, if that excess amounts to the Nisab (minimum amount).
Conditions Regarding the Wealth:
Ownership – Zakat is only compulsory on what is being owned by a person, so there is no Zakat on endowments or any public related funds, properties, like Mosques, Schools, Hospitals etc
Useable – Ability to use, if someone owns wealth but is unable to benefit from it, then there is no Zakat on that wealth (eg lost properties or debts denied by the borrower). Note: There is no Zakat on women’s dowries until they acquire full possession.
Growth – Zakat is only obligatory on the wealth which has real growth, like agricultural products, or are made or kept for growth, like the wealth invested in business or grazing animals, or naturally they are considered a growing wealth like gold, silver, or any form of money. (al-Kasani, Badai’ al-sana’i).
Excess wealth – Excess over basic needs, in order for Zakat to be obligatory, it is a condition that the wealth is in excess of basic needs, so there is no Zakat on dwellings, shelter, clothing, household furniture, food, utensils and cars (and nowadays computers and other necessary technological devices), even if these things are in excess of one’s needs, as long as they are not for trade.
The passing of a year (Hawlan Al-Hawl) – It is a condition in some types of wealth that a lunar year has elapsed on its ownership. The Prophet (saw) said: There is no Zakat on wealth until a (lunar) year has passed on it (Daraqutni). 6. Nisab (minimum amount) – Zakat only becomes compulsory if one owns nisab (the minimum amount which makes Zakat obligatory).
Recipients of Zakat: Allah (swt) says:
Zakat is for the poor, destitute and helpless, and those who are employed to administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled to the Truth, for the freeing of a slave, the one in debt, those fighting in the cause of Allah; and for the wayfarer: this is ordained by Allah, and Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom. (9:60) The recipients of Zakat are eight:
- The poor
- The destitute and helpless
- Those employed to administer the fund
- Those recently reconciled to the truth
- The freeing of a slave
- The one in debt
- Those fighting in the way of Allah
- The way farer
At any day of the year (eg 21st Ramadan) add up the value of your gold, silver, savings, cash, shares etc – these are your total assets. Minus from this any money you owe and any bills immediately due – these are your liabilities. If the balance is more than the nisab value, then you have to pay Zakat of 2.5% on the whole amount.
Current Nisab Value (as of April 2020)
Silver Nisab (612.36g): £233.31 and $277.00
Gold Nisab (87.48g): £3749.39 and $4,478.00
Taleem Foundation works under the guidance of scholars who ensure that the charity’s role as a trustee is always fulfilled. Knowing that we are all ultimately accountable to the Almighty, the charity strives to maintain transparency and accountability. All donated funds are monitored and reviewed by scholars who ensure Zakah, Sadaqah and Lillah funds are spent correctly. We believe in being open and honest about our work, exploring the challenges we face and sharing our successes. Good communication, regular feedback and the ability to admit failure are essential features of a transparent organization. Our sponsors need to be confident that they are informed about how we use our resources and accomplish our goals.
Sadaqah (voluntary charity) is a virtuous deed in Islam. In fact, it is considered as a proof of one’s eeman (faith). The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said in the following authentic hadeeth:
Abu Malik al-Ashari (r.a.) (radhi Allahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said: “Cleanliness is half of faith. Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scale. SubhanAllah (Glory be to Allah) and Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) fill up what is between the heavens and the earth. Prayer is a light. Charity is proof (of one’s faith). Endurance is a brightness and the Qur’an is a proof on your behalf or against you. All men go out early in the morning and sell themselves, thereby setting themselves free or destroying themselves.” (Muslim, 432)
The more we give sadaqah the more we increase our eeman and thus, expect Allah’s rewards both in this world and in the life hereafter. Giving charity out of our wealth does not decrease our wealth but instead Allah (s.w.t.) increases it:
“Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity: for He loves not creatures ungrateful and sinner.” (Qur’an, 2: 276)
“That which you give in usury for increase through the property of (other) people, will have no increase with Allah: but that which you give for charity, seeking the Countenance of Allah, (will increase); it is those who will get a recompense multiplied.” (Qur’an, 30:39)
Abu Hurairah (r.a.) reported Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.) as saying: “Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” (Muslim Vol. 4, Hadith 6264)
Sadaqah is not restricted to giving part of our wealth or material possessions or any special deed of righteousness. Islam considers all good deeds as sadaqah that increase our eeman:
Abu Musa narrated that the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “Every Muslim has to give in sadaqah (charity).” The people asked, “O Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.)! If someone has nothing to give, what will he do?” He said, “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked, “If he cannot do even that?” He replied, “Then he should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked, “If he cannot do that?” He replied, “Then he should perform all that is good and keep away from all that is evil and this will be regarded as charitable deeds.” (Bukhari Vol. 2, Hadith 524)
The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.s.) said: “To smile in the company of your brother is charity. To command to do good deeds and to prevent others from doing evil is charity. To guide a person in a place where he can not get astray is charity. To remove troublesome things like thorns and bones from the road is charity. To pour water from your jug into the jug of your brother is charity. To guide a person with defective vision is charity for you.” (Bukhari)
Since sadaqah is not limited to giving of money or part of our wealth, every Muslim can therefore earn rewards from Allah. Sadaqah is an easy way to increase our eeman. Every Muslim whether poor or wealthy can give sadaqah at all times. The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) tells us that dhikr (remembrance of Allah) is a form of sadaqah. We read in the following Ahadeeth:
Abu Hurairah narrated that “Abu Dharr said to the Messenger of Allah, ‘The wealthy people have all the rewards; they pray as we pray; they fast as we fast; and they have surplus wealth which they give in charity; but we have no wealth which we may give in charity.’ Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said: ‘Abu Dharr, should I not teach you phrases by which you acquire the rank of those who excel you? No one can acquire your rank except one who acts like you.’ He said, Why not, Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.)? He said: ‘Exalt Allah say: “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is Most Great) after each prayer thirty-three times; and praise Him say: “Alhamdulillah” (Praise be to Allah) thirty-three times; and glorify Him say: “Subhan Allah” (Glory be to Allah) thirty-three times; and end it by saying, “La ilâha illallâhu wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu yuhyi wa yomeetu wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shai’in Qadeer.” (There is no god but Allah alone, He has no partner, to Him belongs the Kingdom, to Him praise is due and He has power over everything.) Your sins will be forgiven, even if they are like the foam of the sea.’” (Abu Dawud 1499)
Abu Dharr narrated that Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said, “In the morning charity is due from every bone in the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allah’s glorification is an act of charity. Every utterance of praise of Him is an act of charity; every utterance of profession of His Oneness is an act of charity; every utterance of profession of His Greatness is an act of charity; enjoining good is an act of charity; forbidding what is disreputable is an act of charity; and two rak’ahs which one prays in the forenoon will suffice.” (Muslim 1557)
For our own success, we should spend time, money and efforts in giving sadaqah for the pleasure of Allah as the rewards of sadaqah is nothing but success, especially in the Hereafter:
“The likeness of those who spend for Allah’s sake is as the likeness of a grain of corn, it grows seven ears every single ear has a hundred grains, and Allah multiplies (increases the reward of) for whom He wills, and Allah is sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower).” (Qur’an, 2:261)
“Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public have their reward with their Rabb (only God and Sustainer). On them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.” (Qur’an, 2:274)
“…that which you give for charity, seeking the Countenance of Allah, (will increase); it is those who will get a recompense multiplied.” (Qur’an, 30:39)
“Only those who believe in Our Signs, who when they are recited to them fall down in adoration, and celebrate the praises of their Rabb (only God and Sustainer), nor are they (ever) puffed up with pride. They forsake their beds of sleep, the while they call on their Rabb (only God and Sustainer), in Fear and Hope. And they spend (in charity) out of the sustenance which We have bestowed on them. Now no person knows what delights of the eye are kept hidden (in reserve) for them — as a reward for their (good) Deeds. Is then the man who believes no better than the man who is rebellious and wicked? Not equal are they. For those who believe and do righteous deeds are Gardens as hospitable Homes, for their (good) deeds.” (Qur’an, 32:15-19)
“For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women for devout men and women for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in charity, for men and women who fast, for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah’s remembrance for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward.” (Qur’an, 33:35)
Qais ibn Abu Hazim narrated that…. Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said, “A Muslim is rewarded (in the Hereafter) for whatever he spends except for something that he spends on building.” (Bukhari, Vol. 7, Hadith 576)
Mu’aadh bin Jabal (r.a.) related from the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) “Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah) The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) also said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his Sadaqah.” (Ahmad)
To be able to enjoy Allah’s tremendous rewards for every sadaqah that we give, we need to observe the following teachings: 1. Sadaqah must be done sincerely for the pleasure of Allah and not out of riya’ (show off) to gain praise or recognition from others: “O you who believe! Do not render vain your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury, like him who spends his wealth to be seen of men and he does not believe in Allah nor in the last Day.” (Qur’an, 2: 264)
Sa’d ibn Abu Waqqas narrated that Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said, “…whatever you spend (for Allah’s sake) you will be rewarded for it, even for a morsel of food which you may put in the mouth of your wife.” (Bukhari, Vol. 8, Hadith 725; Vol.1, Hadith 53)
2. It is better to conceal what we give or do as sadaqah:
“And whatever you spend in charity or whatever vow you make, be sure Allah knows it all. But the wrongdoers have no helpers. If you disclose (acts of) charity, even so it is well, but if you conceal them and make them reach those (really) in need, that is best for you. It will remove from you some of your (stains of) evil. And Allah is well acquainted with what you do.” (Qur’an, 2:270-271)
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) said, “Seven people will be shaded by Allah under His shade on the day when there will be no shade except His. They are: 1. a just ruler, 2. a youth who grew up in the worship of Allah, 3. a man whose heart is attached to the mosque, 4. two men who love each other for Allah’s sake, meeting for that and parting for that. 5. a man who is called by a woman of beauty and position but he says, “I fear Allah”, 6. a man who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity, and 7. a man who remembered Allah in private and so his eyes shed tears.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari (Eng. translation) vol.2, hadeeth no. 504)
3. Sadaqah must be from halal (lawful) source:
Abu Hurairah (r.a.) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said, “If one gives in charity what equals one date-fruit from the honestly earned money and Allah accepts only the honestly earned money Allah takes it in His Right (hand). And then, enlarges its reward for that person (who has given it), as anyone of you brings up his baby horse, so much so that it becomes as big as a mountain.” (Bukhari, Vol.2, Hadith 491)
4. Begin charity with your dependents:
Hakim ibn Hizam narrated that the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said: “The upper hand is better than the lower hand, (i.e., he who gives charity is better than him who takes it). One should start giving first to his dependents. And the best object of charity is that which is given by a wealthy person (from the money which is left after his expenses.) And whoever abstains from asking others for some financial help, Allah will give him and save him from asking others, Allah will make him self-sufficient.” (Bukhari, Vol.2, Hadith 508)
Abu Umamah (r.a.) narrated that Allah’s Messenger said: “O son of Adam, it is better for you if you spend your surplus (wealth), but if you withhold it, it is evil for you. There is (however) no reproach for you (if you withhold means necessary) for a living. And begin (charity) with your dependents; and the upper hand is better than the lower hand.” (Muslim, 2256)
5. Not to delay giving of sadaqah nor show lethargy or negligence in giving sadaqah:
And spend something (in charity) out of the substance which We have bestowed on you, before death should come to any of you and he should say, “O my Rabb (only God and Sustainer)! Why do you not give me respite for a little while? I should then have given (largely) in charity, and I should have been one of the doers of good.” (Qur’an, 63:10)
Haritha ibn Wahb narrated that he heard the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) saying, “O people! Give in charity as a time will come upon you when a person will wander about with his object of charity and will not find anybody to accept it, and anyone (who will be requested to take it) will say, “If you had brought it yesterday, I would have taken it, but today I am not in need of it.” (Bukhari Vol. 2, Hadith 492)
Abu Hurairah (r.a.) narrated that a man came to the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) and asked, “O Allah’s Messenger which charity is the most superior in reward?” He replied, “The charity which you practice while you are healthy, niggardly and afraid of poverty and wish to become wealthy. Do not delay it to the time of approaching death and then say, ‘Give so much to such and such, and so much to such and such.’ (And it has already belonged to such and such (his heirs).” (Bukhari Vol. 2, Hadith 500)
“Do not show lethargy or negligence in giving alms and charity till your last breath.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
6. Do not count the sadaqah you give:
“Spend in charity and do not keep count for then Allah will also keep count in giving you provision.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
7. Seek only the desire to see Allah, which is the supreme success in Paradise.
Do not expect favor or reward from any person for the sadaqah you give: “Those who spend their wealth for increase in self-purification, and have in their minds no favor from anyone for which a reward is expected in return, but only the desire to seek for the Countenance of their Creator Most High; and soon will they attain (complete) satisfaction.” (Qur’an, 92:18-21)
From the above virtuous teachings, we can conclude that indeed, Islam opens for us many ways of increasing our eeman and good deeds through sadaqah. We can perform easy good deeds like smiling and dhikr (remembrance of Allah), which we can do at anytime and get rewards. The rich among us can earn more rewards if we give part of our wealth to the poor members of our relatives, friends, neighbors and the society at large. If we have the ability to extend sadaqah especially to other poor Muslims outside our community or country then we must extend our help. Another virtuous way of giving sadaqah is by supporting individuals and groups who are doing Da’wah (inviting people to Islam or the Truth) for the pleasure of Allah the Almighty. Let us take inspiration from the following Qur’anic ayah:
“And he who brings the Truth and he who confirms (and supports) it — such are the men who do right. They shall have all that they wish for, with their Rabb (Only God, Cherisher and Sustainer). Such is the reward of those who do good: so that Allah will remit from them (even) the worst in their deeds and give them their reward according to the best of what they have done.” (Qur’an 39:33-35) Let us hasten to give sadaqah for life in this world is short and temporary while the world in the
Hereafter is everlasting. We never know when death has been decreed for us. Today we live and we never know how long we will enjoy the pleasure of this world. But one thing is certain: life in this world is nothing compared to the everlasting life in the Hereafter. Allah (s.w.t.) tells us: “Nothing is the life of this world but play and amusement, but best is the Home in the Hereafter, for those who are righteous, will you not then understand?” (Qur’an, 6:32)
“Allah does enlarge, or grant by (strict) measure, the sustenance (which He gives) to whom so He pleases — (the worldly) rejoice in the life of this world. But the life of this world is but little comfort compared to the Hereafter.” (Qur’an, 13:26)
Let us prepare ourselves for the everlasting world to come. Let us be among those who will earn Allah’s rewards in Jannah (the Garden of Bliss or Paradise) through giving sadaqah in many ways. Let us continue earning Allah’s rewards of our good deeds by giving sadaqah that continues to benefit others. Let us think of giving sadaqah to support Islamic projects like building of mosques, Islamic schools, Islamic libraries, orphanage and da’wah centers. If Allah has blessed us with wealth, let us not delay to build any or all of the said Islamic projects for the sole pleasure of Allah. If we do so, we will certainly attain the rewards of doing good deeds continuously even after we die. Let us be inspired to give sadaqah with the following authentic hadeeth:
Abu Hurairah (r.a.) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said: “Verily what a believer continues to receive (in the form of reward) for his action and his virtues after his death is the knowledge which he acquired and then disseminated; the pious son that he left behind him; or a copy of the Qur’an which he left as a legacy; or the mosques that he had built; or the inn that he had built for the wayfarers; or the canal that he caused to flow, or a sadaqah which he gave out of his property in the state when he was healthy and alive. (These are the acts of goodness the reward of which) reaches him even after his death.” (Tirmidhi, 254; Ibn Majah and Bayhaqi)
For those who are wealthy but miser or negligent in giving sadaqah may they take admonitions from the following words of Allah and His Messenger (s.a.w.s.): So he who gives (in charity) and fears (Allah), and (in all sincerity) testifies to the Best, We will indeed make smooth for him the path to Ease. But he who is a greedy miser and thinks himself self-sufficient, and gives the lie to the Best, — We will indeed make smooth for him the Path of Misery; nor will his wealth profit him when he falls headlong (into the Pit). Verily We take upon Us to guide, and verily unto Us (belong) the End and the Beginning. Therefore do I warn you of a Fire blazing fiercely; none shall burn therein but those most unfortunate ones who give the lie to Truth and turn their backs. But those most devoted to Allah shall be removed far from it. (Qur’an, 92:4-17)
Abu Hurairah (r.a.) narrated that the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “The example of a miser and the one who gives in charity, is like the example of two men wearing iron cloaks so tightly that their arms are raised forcibly towards their collar-bones. So, whenever a charitable person wants to give in charity, his cloak spreads over his body so much so that it wipes out his traces. But whenever the miser wants to give in charity, the rings (of the iron cloak) come closer to each other and press over his body and his hands get connected to his collar-bones. Abu Huraira heard the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) saying, “The miser then tries to widen it but in vain.” (Bukhari, Vol. 4, Hadith 166; also see Vol. 2, Hadith 523)
Abu Hurairah (r.a.) narrated that the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “Every day two angels come down from Heaven and one of them says, ‘O Allah! Compensate every person who spends in Your cause’, and the other (angel) says, ‘O Allah! Destroy every miser.’” (Bukhari, Vol. 2, Hadith 522)
Abu Dharr (r.a.) narrated that… Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said, “Those who have much wealth (in this world) will be the least rewarded (in the Hereafter) except those who do like this and like this (i.e., spend their money in charity).” (Bukhari, Vol. 8, Hadith 285)
Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (r.a.) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w.s.) said, “A crafty one, a miser, and one who keeps reminding people of what he has given, will not enter Paradise.” (Tirmidhi, 1873)
May Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful give us opportunities to do many ways of giving sadaqah for His pleasure and reward us best life, especially in the Hereafter. May we spend our lives, time, money and efforts or everything in us to do deeds that Allah accepts as forms of sadaqah solely for His Sake. May our Rabb save us from the Hell-Fire by protecting us from being miser. Ameen.
“If a human dies, then his good deeds stop except for three: a Sadaqa Jariah (continuous charity), a beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him.” – Sahih Muslim
Your Sadaqa Jariah could help many deserving people change their lives for good. And,in
retune you continue getting the reward as long as the poor people continue benefits from your donation through good education, medical aid and livelihood programmes.
We at Islamic Aid strongly believe in helping people earn a decent living and become financially independent and self-sufficient, instead of providing them perpetual assistance. Then they don’t have to be provided with charity for food, medicines, shelter, clothing etc.
This self-employment philosophy is derived from the following incident during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him):
A man of the Ansar came to the Prophet (saw) and begged from him. The Prophet (saw) asked him if he has anything in his house? He replied: Yes, a piece of cloth, a part of which we wear and a part of which we spread (on the ground), and a wooden bowl from which we drink water. The Prophet (saw) asked him to bring those items to him and helped him sell for two dirhams. He (saw) asked the Ansari tobuy food with one dirham, buy an axe with the second dirham and go and gather firewood and sell it. The man went away, and gathered firewood and sold it. When he had earned ten dirhams, he came to the prophet and told him that he had bought a garment with some of them and food with his earnings the others. (Abu Dawud, Hadith 1637)
This incident illustrates an important distinction between simply providing relief as opposed to making someone self-sufficient. Relief is generally a short term solution to a long term problem. Self-employment through economic and social change is a long-term solution, which is why Islamic Aid focuses on projects that promote self-employment.
Islamic Aid’s livelihood and Islamic Micro-finance Program includes the following projects:
Poultry Farming: Five chickens and one rooster, or a flock of 25 chicks, are given to a family (feeding supplies are also provided). It costs £50 to start a small poultry farm.
Goat Farming: Goats are given to the poor in rural areas for milk and goat farming. It costs £150 for a pair of goats for a family to get started.
Small Businesses for the Poor
Tools for Various Professions: Poor families and individuals are provided assistance in the form of push-carts and supplies for selling vegetables or other items as street vendors, or cash is given for setting up retail shops. Also under this project, tools and equipment are given for various professions for starting businesses.
It costs £65 for a sewing machine for a woman, £150 for a push-cart and supplies to start a street vending business, and approximately £200 – £500 to set up a retail shop and varied costs for tools based on each profession.
Most of the countries where Islamic Aid implements its projects depend on agricultural economies. Over 60% of their populations consists of farmers. Unlike in developed countries these farmers do not receive any subsidies. Therefore, a major portion of the populations of such countries continue to stay below the poverty line generation after generation.
Islamic Aid helps farmers in economically depressed areas by providing one or more of the following items: