We talked about giving charity, but how about specifically sponsoring an orphan as a gift to others?
This family did exactly that – this is definitely a gift that will keep on giving long after both the gifter and the recipients are gone..
Scary, but important to know and do…
“Ali had two young children. While he was playing baseball one day, a ball hit his chest. A few days later, he was gone at the age of 33. Three years later, his widow, Firdaus, died in a car accident. Someone else was now needed to raise their two children, but who would that be?
Many Muslim parents have no idea what would happen if they were to be put in the place of this hypothetical couple. Complete strangers or unsuitable family members being named guardians are so common that it is not worthy of making the news. You may already know that a busy legal system exists all over the United States to address this recurring problem.
If you are a Muslim, and hope that your child is raised Muslim if you are not around to do so yourself, judges will usually not go far out of their way to honor that hope unless it was followed by action on your part. This is not Islamophobia. Why should busy judges care if the parents evidently did not? Naming a guardian for your minor child in a legal document is easier than changing diapers. You just need to make a few decisions.”
Read the full article here: http://muslimmatters.org/2015/11/25/how-to-raise-your-children-when-youre-dead/
By Ahmed Shaikh
This video will help provide your children with a very real perspective on orphans…
Islam stresses the importance of taking care of the orphan time and time again, for example: It is mentioned in the Holy Quran (2:83), “…..and (you shall do) good to (your) parents, and to the near of kin and to the orphans….”
The Quran (76:8) also describes the righteous people as those who give food to the orphans – “And they give food out of love for Him to the poor and the orphan and the captive.”
Especially as it is a Friday, perhaps this would be a good impetus to give sadqa to a charity that supports orphans in particular today?
Around this time last year, we did a series on Good Deeds. In that series, I shared a video about someone who decided to cheer random people (whom she did not know) up by writing them love letters – the awesome video is linked in the blog post if you would like to check it out.
With that in mind, how would you like for your child to have an opportunity to spread some love? One mum has arranged for a fanastic opportunity for children to be able to write to some orphans in Africa, and hopefully be pen pals with them. If you are interested, please get in touch and I will put you through to the person behind it!
P.S. Hope all of you had a lovely Easter break!