Whosoever relieves a believer’s suffering in this world, Allah will relieve a suffering of his in the Hereafter.″
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
“Who will lend Allah a good loan so that he can increase it many times?” (Qur’an 2:245)
When your one donation is recycled to help family after family, earning livelihoods for years to come, this is a form of sadaqah jariyah, or ongoing charity. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “When a person dies, his deeds come to an end except three: a continuing charity…” (Muslim).
Give, and the reward could outlive you.
Preventing illness can be as simple as soap and clean water or a mosquito net to protect children from malaria. These items don’t seem luxurious but the impact they have is enormous.
Good health is about more than just medicine and treatment; it includes all areas of life – that’s why we train communities on diet and health practices, and provide school meals to prevent child malnutrition.
Once people have become ill however, what they need is healthcare – and this is often severely lacking in poor countries. That’s why Islamic Relief builds hospitals and clinics, supplies existing centres with life-saving medicines and clinical equipment, and provides ambulances in conflict zones to reach the most urgent cases of injury and illness.
When crisis hits a country, Islamic Relief provides humanitarian aid that often includes emergency health care and distribution of clean water to prevent illness. Our teams often stay to implement long-term development projects, such as rebuilding destroyed water and sanitation facilities, or constructing new facilities for populations lacking them. Projects like these reduce illness rates and save lives.
We also run maternal health programmes, vaccinating children and providing check-ups for both mother and baby, to ensure they are safe and healthy at this critical time. Critically, we look at more than just physical health: when people have suffered losses and witnessed scenes of violence and bloodshed due to conflict, we provide psychosocial care in the form of therapy and counselling to help traumatised patients live a normal life.
Millions across the developing world cannot access education for one simple reason: poverty. However, education would help them escape poverty – by giving them the chance of a better job – and the impact of this would carry on down the generations.
That’s why Islamic Relief is committed to breaking this cycle of poverty. We want to ensure that all children receive at least primary education, and that adults are taught to read and write too.
A farmer who can read can make sure nobody takes advantage of him, and sell his crops at a higher price. A girl who is educated will marry later and have fewer children, ensuring that they can afford to bring them up safely, educate them and keep them healthy. She will also be able to work and earn a living, crucial in areas where one wage is not enough to support a family.
Islamic Relief builds and rehabilitates schools, stocking and equipping them with everything they need to provide quality teaching. We train teachers so that they give the best education possible, and support schools with milk and nutritional meals, to ensure that children are healthy enough to concentrate and learn.
We also work with adults, teaching them in ways that work best for their situation and culture – for example, in Afghanistan, women gather in one another’s homes to learn, so as not to break any cultural norms about participation in society.
The Prophet, peace be upon him, told us that “the best gift a father can provide for their child is an education” (At-Tirmidhi).
Help us give a child this great gift today.
Islamic Relief aims to give people a chance to stand on their own feet. We could give out food, water, shelter to people for years on end – or we could help them once, by supporting them to start their own business to provide for themselves.
From widows struggling to support their orphaned children, to families who have lost everything in floods or wars, one donation to Livelihoods Solutions could help countless people. When one person is able to earn an income, the whole family – children, spouses, grandparents – benefits. When one business start-up loan is repaid – and 98% of our interest-free loans are repaid – the money can be used to help another family, and another.