By Ruhaifa Adil
The Muslim Ummah is going through a difficult time. The oppression and suffering in many Muslim countries, the Islamophobia that is plaguing many countries in the West and Europe, and the lack of correct knowledge leading to extremism and terrorism in the name of Islam have brought the Ummah to one of its toughest periods in history.
Prophet Muhammad (sa) said: “The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.” (Bukhari)
The question thus arises: how can we help our brothers and sisters in this time of need? Here are some ways that we can help the Muslim Ummah.
1- Share your wealth
Many credible organizations collect funds and donations to help out in different Muslim countries. Give as generously as you can. Even if you can only afford to spare a dollar, remember that every drop makes an ocean! Not only will your contribution bring relief to our suffering brothers and sisters but it will also be a source of saving you from hellfire, for the Prophet (sa) said: “Save yourself from hellfire even by giving half a date in charity.” (Bukhari)
2- Reach out in your circle of influence
Allah has given each one of us a position of power or influence over others, such as our family, friends, neighbours, or maybe just our children. Use this to spread awareness and inform others about the plight of the Ummah. Help them become part of the movement and get them involved to bring about a change.
3- Put social media to good use
Use social media constructively for spreading awareness, for connecting with other Muslims, and for putting Islam in a good light. The more people we can reach, the bigger the change we can bring about for the betterment of our people.
4- Put your skills to use
If Allah has given you the ability to write, reach out through your words, either to educate others about Islam or to inform others about what needs to be done. If Allah has enabled you to become a doctor or nurse, use your knowledge and skills and volunteer to ease the suffering of the Muslims around the word. Each one of us has a skill that can be used to serve the Ummah.
5- Spread and gain knowledge
Tell people what Islam is really about so that the misconceptions can be dispelled. Whatever little you know, share it with others. Strive to learn more, because the more you know about Islam, the better you will practice it and hence be a more productive member of the Ummah.
6- Give your time
Maybe you don’t have the wealth or the skills that you feel can help the Ummah. But Allah has granted you time that you can invest to make a difference. Take some time out of your schedule and volunteer for the different organizations working for the cause of Islam or for organizations that are actively collecting funds to send to various Muslim countries.
7- Increase your dua (supplication)
One of the most amazing weapons given to the believer is that of supplication or dua. In this time of distress, raise your hands in supplication and ask Allah to help the oppressed and to grant victory to the believers. Wake up for tahajjud (voluntary late night prayers), for Allah accepts supplications at that time as well.
Ruhaifa Adil is a mother of four, a practising Muslimah, an avid reader, and a passionate writer. She works primarily as a trainer for mothers and teachers, advocating a multi sensorial, learner-centred approach, which she has learnt through her work as a remedial specialist for children with dyslexia. She is also an author of English textbooks, based on the teachings of the Quran (currently under editing), and creative director of a tafseer app for kids. Her latest project is Qutor.com, a website that helps connect Quran teachers and students.