Posts Tagged ‘Charity’

We’re Going To Gaza – More From Viva Palestina

// February 20th, 2009 // 4 Comments » // Video

On February 14th 2009, after only four, short weeks of preparation, the Viva Palestina convoy finally left for Gaza, from its starting point at London's Hyde Park. Watch interviews with the founder, George Galloway MP, the journalist, Yvonne Ridley, as well as a variety of footage from the departure event.

At the time of publishing this video, the convoy had already reached Morocco. Receive daily updates and send in your donations via VivaPalestina.org.

Happy Valentine Palestine

// February 14th, 2009 // 9 Comments » // Blog

Let's forget the halality or haramity of Valentines Day for a moment. Today, true love was in the air at Hyde Park.

That was the departure point for the Viva Palestina convoy, who are now all on their way to Ramsgate, from where they will begin their long journey to Gaza.

I didn't expect it, but I was quite overcome by emotion at times: both with joy, as well as a happy kind of sadness. My heart was genuinely moved by the people around me. We should all thank Allāh for allowing us to witness such devotion and selflessness. Alhamdulillah. In fact, such were my feelings, that I was sufficiently motivated to come down to the Apple Store, just so I could blog about it!

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Viva Palestina: Send Your Love To Gaza

// February 12th, 2009 // No Comments » // Video

The British MP, George Galloway, has launched a bold, new initiative to help the beleaguered people of Gaza, called Viva Palestina. On February 14th 2009, he will lead a large convoy from London, all the way through Europe and North Africa by road, to personally deliver much needed aid into Gaza.

Find out how you can help at http://vivapalestina.org.

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Spare A Few Mins for Gaza

// January 5th, 2009 // No Comments » // Blog

MuslimMatters.org has posted an excellent action guide for those who want to help the people of Gaza. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section at the end of the post.

Eid Greetings

// December 8th, 2008 // 9 Comments » // Blog

Another year, another ‘Īd… Ramadan somehow feels just as much a distant memory, as a recently departed event.

I discovered something slightly disturbing today: it costs more to perform the Qurbani in Iraq, than in the UK (£155 vs £95). The first price was taken from the Islamic Relief website, the second from a local London butcher. The cheapest price quoted was for India, just £30. However, the canned meat option for Iraq is cheaper, at £67. Still… quite a shocking price difference.

May Allāh grant our brothers and sisters in Iraq, and all parts of this blue-green Earth, a peaceful ‘Īd, so they may call out the takbeer with true gratitude in their hearts. Āmīn.

A reminder of this awesome group activity:

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The morning of ‘Īd-ul Fitr at the Sacred Mosque in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Lloyds TSB Threaten to Close Charity Account

// November 15th, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog

The banking group, Lloyds TSB are forcing the Islamic Bank of Britain to close Interpal's account – a UK-based charity dedicated to helping poor Palestinians (which these days, constitutes most of the population of Palestine, thanks to Israel preventing fuel and food aid from entering Gaza).

The timing could not be worse: the notice comes into effect on December 8th 2008, i.e., around ‘Īd al-Aḍḥa; a time when Muslims are encouraged to give in charity, so that the less fortunate can also partake in the festival of ‘Īd. How will Interpal process Qurbani donations, if their bank account is closed? Was the date deliberately timed to be as heartless as possible, or is it just plain coincidence?

Continue reading my post at MuslimMatters.org…

A Leech is Born

// November 14th, 2008 // 8 Comments » // Blog

I assigned myself the somewhat derogatory title of “The Leech” during my PhD years, when I noticed a potentially annoying personal behaviour.

When faced with a problem, I used one of two 'extreme' paths in my search for a solution.

Where I suspected that I knew enough to fix the problem myself, I was very secretive, independent, and head strong. Even if someone offered me advice (though it would not have been requested), I'd politely listen to them, but in my head I was thinking:

“Yeah, yeah, I already knew that.

“No, that won't work.

“Please, just let me get on with it!”.

I think it had something to do with trying to 'prove' myself; either to my supervisors, or just as an ego rush. This behaviour lead to me wasting six months on an experiment, that never yielded any results. I kept repeating and repeating the assay, and I would report my work regularly, but I never actually thought to sit down and talk to someone about why I was failing so consistently; I was that determined to solve the problem myself.

One supervisor openly chastised me for this, and I think the embarrassment from that experience, combined with the frustration of having clearly wasted so much time, caused me to swing the other way completely. Thus, 'the Leech' was born.

Now, every time I had a problem, even a tiny one, I would seek human intervention. It didn't matter whether there were manuals written on the subject, or in-depth how-tos posted online; I still needed reassurance from someone more experienced in that field, to make sure that I didn't mess up to that extent again. I am surprised no-one ran away from me in the hall ways, screaming:

“Noooo… I have given all I have to give! You have sucked my brain dryyyy!”.

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The Need for Social Relevance

// October 30th, 2008 // 2 Comments » // Blog

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May Allāh bless Imam Webb, and make him better, and better, and better, and have a long life! Āmīn. And may He give us many more of his kind. In fact, may He make *us* the Imam Webbs of our own communities. Āmīn thumma āmīn!

So, what's your idea(s) for making your Islam more socially relevant? Write them in the comments. Be anonymous if you wish; let's get those brains working! No point being inspired, if we don't use the inspiration, right?

Then let us help each other to translate those ideas into action, inshā’Allāh.

Hamza Yusuf Video: Eid Al-Fitr ’08 Khutbah

// October 14th, 2008 // 3 Comments » // Blog

Jazakallah khair brother Yusuf (not Hamza Yusuf; though thanks to him too!). I really needed this.

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