BHMC CHARITABLE PROGRAM
As Salaamu Alaykum Waramotulahi Wabarokatuhu,
I welcome you all to this segment tagged BHMC CHARITABLE PROGRAM a call for taking care of the Less Privilege called Needy. Without an iota of doubt, we are all in need of one thing or the other from Allaah Subuhanahu Wa Ta’ala and then have a way out too. But some have no means and a way out.
This program was given birth to out of the Widows, Divorced and Orphans and others in our midst and society which are left to fend for themselves and they came to BHMC for assistance.
Being charitable and providing for the needy are important features of the Muslim character. Why is a charity so important?
The existence of countless starving, poor, hungry, and destitute Muslims in the world points to the need for this essential teaching to be put into practice. Affluent Muslims may not realize how their wealth could strengthen the whole communities. Giving charity correctly is crucial to both the well-being of the needy as well as the ultimate happiness of the wealthy. The Prophet emphasized this principle repeatedly.
Several different categories of charity are defined in Islam, the two most important being Zakat (obligatory charity) and Sadaqah (voluntary charity). If a person performs a charity that continues to benefit others in a good way, the performer of the deed will continue to receive the rewards for its single act for as long as it benefits others (even after the person passes away). This is referred to as SADAQATUN JAARIYAH or perpetual/continual charity.
See Hadiths on charity below ⤵️
HADITHS ON CHARITY:
The Prophet said: “Your smile for your brother is a charity. Your removal of stones, thorns or bones from the paths of people is a charity. Your suggestion of a person who is lost is a charity.”
Another Hadith illustrates the importance of every part of a person’s body performing a charity:
“A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity; a good word is a charity, and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.”
Shade on the Day of Judgment
The Prophet said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.”
On the day when all other shade will be gone, Allaah will shade and shelter those who give charity and care for the poor. The Muslim’s sacrifice in this life will be their protection on the Day of Judgment.
A Protection From Calamity
By sacrificing part of one’s wealth and giving it in charity, the individual is guaranteeing protection for themselves from tragedy and misfortune.
The Prophet said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.”
Better to Give Than To Take
It is considered better to give charity than receive it. One should be wary of repeatedly soliciting and taking from Sadaqah and Zakat funds. Those who refrain from taking these funds (so that more will be left for the other needy) will be provided for by Allaah and be made self-reliant by Him.
The Prophet said: “The upper hand is better than the lower hand (he who gives is better than him who takes). 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 left after his expenses). And whoever abstains from asking others for some financial help, Allaah will give him and save him from asking others, Allaah will make him self-sufficient.”
Relieving a person in debt is charity
The Prophet said: “If anyone would like Allaah to save him from the hardships of the Day of Resurrection, he should give more time to his debtor who is short of money, or remit his debt altogether.”
If someone owes you money, it is considered charity if you show mercy, give the debtor more time to pay back his loan, or even cancel out the person’s debt. If the charity is a person’s shade on the Day of Judgment, cancelling a person’s debt will also serve as a protection.
Helping Family in Need
It is acceptable to give one’s charity to those in need in one’s own family.
The Prophet said: “To give something to a poor man brings one reward while giving the same to a needy relation brings two: one for charity and the other for respecting the family ties.”
The Pitfall of Greed
Be careful of greed. The longer one holds onto money and fails to share it as a charity, the harder it may be later on to part with that hoarded wealth. Hiding away one’s wealth and depriving the needy or even a small kindness will not only come back to haunt the greedy, but their misfortune will be multiplied, and they will be led down a misguided path.
The Prophet said: “Avoid doing injustice to others, for on the Day of Judgment, it will turn into manifold darkness, and safeguard yourself against miserliness, for it ruined those who were before you. It incited them to murder and treating the unlawful as lawful.” (Muslim)
Charity That Keeps On Giving (SADAQATUN JAARIYAH)
The Prophet said: “When a person dies the end of his work, except for three: ongoing charity, the knowledge that is benefited from, and a righteous child who prays for him.”
(Muslim, Al-Tirmidhi, others)
BHMC CHARITABLE PROGRAM AIMS
1. Collecting and Distributing Ramadan Fisebilillaah for the Needy.
2. Collecting and Distributing the Zakatul-Mal and Zakatul-Fitri for the Needy.
3. Assisting the Widows and Less privileged Divorced women through FEEDING or EMPOWERMENT.
4. Assisting the serious ones READY for Nikah.
5. Visiting and Assisting the Orphanage Homes.
6. Looking into the Welfare of Students in the School (If we have the MEANS).