With news about the situation in Gaza only getting worse by the day, it’s easy to feel helpless about what you can do to help the Palestinian people. Social media feeds, television bulletins and newspapers are full of images of the death and destruction taking place in Gaza, constantly reminding us of the plight of those living there. Yet, thousands of miles away, we can still work to aid and assist our brothers and sisters in Palestine. From simply raising our hands in prayer, to getting out on the streets to raise funds; there are many things that we can do to help with the aid and relief effort. You can make a positive change for those suffering in Gaza, and here are a 5 ways you can help:
1. Make Dua
Allah (swt) is the All Hearing (As-Sami’) and the All Seeing (Al-Baseer), and thus who better to turn to for help and assistance. When we raise our hands in Dua, we must have full certainty (yaqeen) within ourselves that Allah (swt) will answer our supplications.
Dua is the weapon of the believer, and it is our means of contact to our Lord. Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an:
“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me—indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of every supplicant when he calls upon Me […]” (Qur’an 2:186)
Thus, do not lose hope and go directly Allah (swt), the Almighty whose power is over all things.
Raise your hands and remember those in Gaza and all other places where there is suffering, destruction and bloodshed.
No matter how little you donate, you can be sure that it will go towards making a difference to someone suffering in Gaza. Muslim Aid’s Gaza Emergency campaign is raising funds to help pay for medical supplies, hospital running costs, blood transfusions and urgently needed food and water packs. Here are a few ways your money can be spent in the way of Gaza:
-£60 can provide a food pack for a family for one month
-£150 can help cover the cost of an ambulance service for 10 people
-£300 can help pay for urgently needed blood transfusions
What better time to spend in the way of those in need than in the month of Ramadan, as we know that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said:
‘The best charity is that given in Ramadan’ [Tirmidhi]
You can donate to Muslim Aid’s Gaza Emergency Appeal online at muslimaid.org or by calling 0207 377 4200
3. Raise Funds
By raising money amongst friends, family and colleagues, you can make a huge contribution towards alleviating the pain of some of the Palestinian people. Individually, we may only be able to give a little of what we have, but collectively we can do more. By encouraging others to donate in your social circles, you can also help raise awareness for the plight of the Palestinian people.
By volunteering some of your spare time, you can help charities like Muslim Aid raise finds for the Gaza emergency. Muslim Aid are running collections after prayers, especially on Fridays and after Taraweeh, and in order to collect these funds they rely on the support of dedicated volunteers. For more information on how you can volunteer, visit muslimaid.org or call 0207 377 4200
5. Share on Social Media
Even if you can’t donate your time or money, you can still do your part through the use of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Share information of Gaza relief campaigns and ways that others can donate and volunteer, and you could be the means by which another person is able to do their part for the people of Gaza. Follow Muslim Aid on Twitter @Muslim_Aid and be sure to check their Facebook page for regular updates on their work in Gaza.