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Sunday, 24 October 2010

Marwa El-Sherbini- The Effects of Islamaphobia


A wife, a mother, a daughter, OUR sister. 


If I say the name Marwa El-Sherbini you probably wouldn't know who I'm talking about, its sad but its true many of you have never heard of Marwa El-Sherbini and probably don't know her story. InshaAllah after reading this you will wonder why you never heard about this and it will be a story that you pass on to your children and grandchildren...the story of a courageous young woman and her fight against Islamaphobia in modern day Germany. 

Marwa El-Sherbini was an Egyptian born German resident. She was a pharmacist, a university lecturer and worked for a research company in Germany. With others she founded a registered voluntary association with the aim of establishing an Islamic cultural and education centre in Dresden (Germany).

On 21 August 2008 Marwa took her son to play at a local playground where she came into contact with her killer Alex Weins. her son and Weins' niece were playing together when an argument broke out over a playground swing. Weins started to shout racist and Islamaphobic abuse at Marwa just because she was a Muslim and wore a headscarf. (In front of the children) Wiens called her an 'islamist' and a 'terrorist'. Bystanders tried to intervene and Marwa called the police from a bystanders phone.

Wiens was charged with defamation and given a penalty order to pay a fine of €330. After formally objecting and refusing to pay the fine, Wiens was trialled at the district court of Dresden. He was found guilty by the court and fined €780 in November 2008. However, during the trial Wiens tried to claim mitigating circumstances for the act of insulting El-Sherbini, suggesting that "people like her" were not really human beings and therefore incapable of being insulted.The public prosecutor appealed the verdict, aiming at a custodial sentence due to the openly xenophobic character of the incident. Wiens also appealed the verdict and was subsequently granted a court-appointed defence counsel. His counsel intended to withdraw the appeal before the scheduled hearing at the regional court, but Wiens objected to this.

At the appeal hearing at the regional court in Dresden, 1 July 2009, nine people were present in the courtroom: three judges, the prosecutor, Wiens as the defendant, his court-appointed defence counsel, El-Sherbini as witness for the prosecution, and her husband and son as observers. No security personnel were present and no security searches of individuals and their possessions were carried out; this was a common procedure for cases without anticipated security concerns or detained persons present.
During the trial, the defendant Wiens appeared reserved but was noted for extreme statements. He said that Muslims were monsters to him and asked the court why they were not deported after the 9-11-attacks. He stated that German people should not mingle with foreigners and declared that he would vote for the far right National Democratic Party of Germany. The judge then requested a verbatim record, while the defence counsel tried to mediate. Wiens continued in this fashion, prompting the judge to ask whether he had ever visited a concentration camp.


Following Wiens's defence presentation, El-Sherbini testified to the court. After El-Sherbini had testified, the judge asked whether there are any further questions. Wiens replied and asked why above all El-Sherbini was in Germany. The question was rejected by the judge; Wiens responded with a further question to which the defence counsel motioned for recess. El-Sherbini was not intending to wait until the end of the hearing and tried to leave.
  
When she, her husband, and their three-year-old son were at the door, Wiens suddenly attacked El-Sherbini with a kitchen knife with 18 cm (7 in) long blade, which he apparently had taken into the courtroom in a backpack. 

El-Sherbini received more than 15 stab wounds to the upper body and arm, the attack was carried out in such a forceful and sudden manner that it resulted in a notable absence of defence wounds. While trying to protect his wife, El-Sherbini's husband Okaz was stabbed at least 16 times to the head, neck, upper body and arm. Wiens's defence counsel tried to help El-Sherbini by obstructing Wiens with chairs and a table. The victim's three-year-old son was injured while being ushered to safety. The attack happened at 10:23, time-stamped by the judge having raised a security alarm. A police officer who was in the court building testifying in an unrelated case, was called to the scene by the commotion; however he mistook Okaz for the attacker and shot him in the lower leg. Wiens was apprehended on the spot, after one of the judges pointed out that not Okaz but Wiens was the assailant; while under arrest Wiens begged the police officers to shoot him dead. Okaz, critically wounded in the stabbing attack, was in a coma for two days. He was subsequently treated for several weeks in a hospital near Dresden for the stabbing and shooting injuries. El-Sherbini died in the court building at 11:07, succumbing to her injuries. Marwa El-Sherbini was 3 months pregnant with her second child at the time of the attack.

Another life lost to the horror of 'Islamaphobia'.

To Him we belong and to Him we shall return

I pray that sister Marwa El-Sherbini is granted a place in Jannat-ul-Firdous, and her story is re told through the generations to remind the Muslim Ummah of the atrocities Muslims around the world are facing. Ameen.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Designing Bridesmaid Abaya's


My friends brother got married sometime earlier this year. It was the first wedding out f their brothers and sisters so they wanted it to be a day to remember. My friend and her sister only recently started to wear abaya's when it came to their brothers wedding and they really wanted to wear an abaya for the wedding, but didn't know how to make it stand out. It was my dream come true I was going to be their designer. I sketched out a few designs and came up with a white and purple abaya, which looked elegant and classy. Below I have added a few pictures of the finished product.







Beautifully accessorised with silver brooches, matching bags and gorgeous matching shoes from Unze (which unfortunately I don't have a picture of but will add a picture if I can get one)

Modest and graceful; they looked like princesses.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Spiritual | Shirk - Magic, Horoscopes, Witchcraft


But Allaah has not created the healing for His slaves in that which He has forbidden to them, so it is not permissible for the sick person to go to a soothsayer who claims to know the unseen, in order to find out from them what is wrong with him. And it is not permissible for him to believe what they tell him, because they speak of the unseen without knowledge, or they summon the jinn and seek their help in doing what they want. The ruling on these people is that they are kaafirs and misguided, because they claim to have knowledge of the unseen.

We've all done it at one time or another when we were in our ignorant days, but when I found out the truth about horoscopes, fortune tellers, palm readers, tarot card readers, magicians, witchcraft etc it shocked me. These are the things our parents never teach us, but things we definitely need to know. In this post I will try to tell you as much as I can about magic and its form so inshaAllah you will stop being ignorant and doing these things.

Horoscopes

First of all lets talk about horoscopes. When it comes to horoscopes some people say they are only reading them to see what they say and say they don't actually believe them. Others think that hosorscopes might be true, and that there is nothing wrong with them. For those who listen to such things like fortune telling and horoscope etc (Without believing in them, Just for time pass) – HIS PRAYERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR 40 DAYS
But to believe what one hears about his fortune told by such soothsayers then HE NULLIFIED HIS FAITH AND HAS DISBELIEVED … HE IS NO MORE A MUSLIM.

#1 Prophet (S) said
“Whoever goes to a Diviner (Fortune-teller) AND ASKS HIM about anything (In today’s world, whoever reads the horoscope also is included in this), his prayers will not be accepted for forty nights.” [Sahih Muslim]


#2 Hadith
Prophet (S) also said
“Whoever goes to a soothsayer or a diviner AND BELIEVES HIM in what he says, has indeed disbelieved in what was revealed upon Muhammad.” [Musnad Ahmad and others]


Notice the difference in both the hadith –
First one says (asks him)
Second says (believes him)
So just going in those things for curiosity regularly would nullify your prayers for 40 days
And going and believing those things will NULLIFY your faith for life-time … Unless you repent.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100123091811AAWEucy

Al-Bukhaari said in his Saheeh: Qutaadah said: “Allaah created these stars for three purposes: to adorn the heavens, to stone the devils and as signs by which to navigate. Whoever seeks anything else in them is mistaken and does not benefit from them, and he is wasting his time and effort in seeking something of which he has no knowledge.” (Saheeh al-Bukhaari, Baab fi’l-Nujoom, 2/240) 

The study of the stars is divided into two kinds: 
1-     Study of the influence of the stars (astrology)
2-     Study of the positions and movements of the stars (astronomy

Study of the influence of the stars (astrology) is divided into three categories: 
1 – The belief that these stars have a real influence in the sense that they create events and evil. This is major shirk (shirk akbar), because whoever claims that there is another creator alongside Allaah is a mushrik in the sense of major shirk, for he is regarding a created thing that is subjugated as a creator which subjugates. 

2 – Making this a reason to claim to have knowledge of the unseen, so from the movements and changes in the stars he deduces that such and such will happen because such and such has happened to such and such a star. For example, he may say that one person’s life will be miserable because he was born under this star, and that another person’s life will be happy because he was born under that star. This person is taking knowledge of the stars as a means to claim that he has knowledge of the unseen, and claiming to have knowledge of the unseen is kufr (disbelief) which puts one beyond the pale of Islam, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“Say: None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah”[al-Naml 29:65] 

The grammatical structure used in the original Arabic – starting with the negation laa (translated here as “none”) followed by the word illa (“except”) – is one of the most emphatic ways of expressing exclusivity. So if a person claims to know the unseen, he is effectively disbelieving what the Qur’aan says. 

3 – If he believes that the stars are the cause of good or bad things happening, this is minor shirk (shirk asghar), i.e., when something happens he attributes it to the stars (and only attributes it to the stars after it has happened). The basic principle is that whoever believes that one thing is the cause of another when Allaah has not made it so, is overstepping the mark and not acknowledging Allaah as He should be acknowledged, because the One Who makes things happen is Allaah alone. 

For example, if a person seeks healing from a piece of string (tied around his wrist), and says, “I believe that healing is in the hand of Allaah and this string is simply the means,” we would say to him, “You have saved yourself from major shirk but you have fallen into lesser shirk, because Allaah has not made string a clear means of healing (this refers to amulets or thabeez known in some south Asian cultures) . By doing this you have transgressed against His position of Controller and Sustainer, by making something a means to something else when Allaah has not made it so.” 

The same applies to one who regards the stars as the cause of rainfall when this is not the case. The evidence for that is the hadeeth narrated by al-Bukhaari (801) and Muslim (104) from Zayd ibn Khaalid al-Juhani who said: “The Messenger of Allaah SAWs (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) led us in praying Fajr at al-Hudaybiyah, following rainfall during the night. When he had finished praying, he turned to the people and said, ‘Do you know what your Lord has said?’ They said, ‘Allaah and His Messenger know best.’ He said, ‘This morning one of My slaves became a believer in Me and one became a disbeliever. As for the one who said, “We have been given rain by virtue of Allaah and His mercy,” he is a believer in Me and a disbeliever in the stars. But as for the one who said, “We have been given rain by such and such a star,” he is a disbeliever in Me and a believer in the stars.’” So the one who attributes rain to the stars is saying that the stars caused the rain. 

Study of the positions and movements of the stars (astronomy) is divided into two categories: 

1 – If their movements are used to define things that serve a religious purpose, this is something that is necessary. If that helps in the case of religious obligations, then learning it is obligatory, such as using the stars to determine the direction of the qiblah (direction of Makkah)

2 – If their movements are used to define things that serve a worldly purpose, there is nothing wrong with that. This is of two types: 
(a)  Using the stars to work out directions, such as knowing that the pole lies to the north, and that the Pole Star, which is close to it, revolves around the North Pole. This is permissible. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And landmarks (signposts, during the day) and by the stars (during the night), they (mankind) guide themselves”
[al-Nahl 16:16]

(b)  Using the stars to work out the seasons, through learning the phases of the moon. Some of the salaf regarded this as makrooh while others permitted it. The correct view is that it is permissible and there is nothing makrooh in it, because there is no shirk involved in it, unless one learns it in order to attribute rainfall or cold weather to it, and says that this is what is causing that. That is a kind of shirk. But simply knowing the time of year from it, whether it is spring or autumn or winter, there is nothing wrong with that.

See al-Qawl al-Mufeed by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him), 2/102.

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Fortune tellers, palm, tea leaf readers etc.
 Fortune telling, palm reading, tea leaves reading etc. etc. are all considered as shirk. Both the person doing performing the readings and the person having them read are committing shirk. The reason for this is the same as horoscopes. The fortune teller is saying that he/she has the ability to read ones future, when only Allah and Allah alone can do that. The person who is having it done is also committing shirk because he/she believes that someone other than Allah can see thier future.

When I went to a lecture by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi called dark forces he spoke about shirk, magic and jinns. From this I learnt that fortune tellers and magicians are actually working with the jinns (the ones that work for shaytaan). Fortune tellers and magicians have sold their soul to the demons in exchange for the jinns giving them information about the people they do readings and perform magic for. These people are destined for hell if they do not repent.
 It was reported that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “Some people asked the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about soothsayers. He said, ‘They are nothing.’ They said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, sometimes they say something and it comes true.’ The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘That is a word of truth that the jinn snatches and whispers into the ear of his familiar, but they mix a hundred lies with it.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim).
Sihr- Witchcraft and Magicians
Sihr (witchcraft or magic) is a word referring to something hidden. It is real and there are kinds of witchcraft that may affect people psychologically and physically, so that they become sick and die, or husbands and wives are separated. Its effects happen by the will of Allaah. It is a devilish action, most of which is only achieved by means of shirk and drawing close to the jinn and shayaateen (devils) by means of that which they love, and it is based on associating others with Allaah (shirk). 

There are doctors who are also practitioners of witchcraft, who treat people by means of seeking the help of the jinn. They claim to have knowledge of the sickness with no need to identify it, and they prescribe for the patient foods and drinks that bring him closer to his allies among the devils. He may tell them to slaughter a pig whilst saying “Bismillaah” over it, or to slaughter a permissible animal without saying “Bismillaah”, or when saying the name of one of the devils. 
This is kufr or disbelief in Allaah, and it is not permissible under any circumstances to go to people like these.

These ahaadeeth demonstrate that it is forbidden to go to soothsayers, fortune-tellers, witches and the like, and ask them questions and believe them, and a warning is issued to those who do that.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade going to them, asking them questions and believing them, because that is a great evil, a serious danger and leads to bad consequences, and because they are immoral liars. These ahaadeeth also indicate that soothsayers and witches are also kaafirs, because they claim to have knowledge of the unseen, which is kufr, and because they only reach their goals by serving the jinn and worshipping them instead of Allaah, which is kufr or disbelief in Him and associating others with Him (shirk).

There are many kinds of witchcraft, including illusions and deceiving the eyes. But not all sihr is like that. Some of the scholars listed different kinds of witchcraft, and counted eight kinds, the most well known of which are: 

1.     Knots and incantations  

i.e., reciting words and mumbo-jumbo by means of which the witch is able to use the devils to do what he wants of harming the person being bewitched. But Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 
“… but they could not thus harm anyone except by Allaah’s Leave”
[al-Baqarah 2:102] 

2.     Sleight of hand. 

They become skilled in this by means of practice and training to do things quickly, and bring out something hidden.  
For example, the magician may bring a dove and strange it in front of the audience, then he hits it with his hand and it gets up and flies. 
But in fact there was a kind of anaesthetic in his hand and he made it smell it and made the audience think that he had strangled it and killed it, then when he hits it, he wakes it up from that stupor. 

3.     Bewitching the eyes. 

This is very common among the liars; the magician does not really put a sword in his body, rather he bewitches the eyes of the audience, and puts the sword by his side, but the bewitched people think that he puts it through his middle. 
These tricksters have become well known among us, because among the audience there are those who protected themselves with Qur’aan and dhikr, and remembered Allaah a great deal whilst sitting in the gathering watching the magician, so they saw what really happened, unlike what those who were bewitched saw. 

4.     Using chemicals
 
This is done well by those who know how substances react with one another, thus producing a substance that is not affected by some other substances, such as the Sufi Rifaa’iyyah who make people think that they are not affected by fire, when in fact they coat themselves with some fireproof substances. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) challenged them to wash with hot water before entering the fire and they refused because this would have exposed their deceit. 

And there are many other things that the practitioners of witchcraft do, which could not happen unless Allaah decreed it. 

See Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 1/146; Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 2/178; al-Sihr by Shaykh ‘Umar al-Ashqar. 

And Allaah knows best.


There is so much more to know about the dangers of the things mentioned above one post would just not be enough. I recommend you all go and do some research for yourselves to understand what Allah tells us about the dark arts.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Review | Shop the Souq


Lace, its in all the shops and is being incorporated into different types of clothing. However, in my opinion too much lace looks tacky, for example lace/netted sleeves and dresses. The trick to using lace is to use a little bit and the best way of doing that as a hijabi is underscarves.

Lace underscarves give your hijab style a vintage look without the lace looking too overpowering. I have bought a grey lace underscarf from the pearl daisy website [see 1st image to the left] which looks good and is reasonably priced, however, its one of those tube underscarves and my ears begin to hurt during the day, if I wear it behind my ears it makes them stick out under the scarf which looks weird, but its ok if you know your not going to be wearing it all day.

For all of you who want to wear the lace underscarf without your ears hurting I have found the perfect solution.....Bonnet type, tie up lace underscarves =D I haven't bought any of these from the souq hijab and I'm not sure if there are many in stock so be sure to check it out. I have bought a light silver pashmina from the souq hijab website and its of great quality, the customer service is also very good alhmadulillah. The sister got in touch with me to update me about my purchase and always replied to my questions and queries.

In the second image you can see what a tie up lace underscarf looks like. I am definitely looking forward to purchasing some more items from the souq hijab website even if it is all the way in America. I would really recommend you take a look at the souq website or facebook page [links provided at the end] I have been browsing through the facebook page and have my eye on some hijabs (when I can afford it lol). Has anyone else bought anything from the souq hijab? If so what are your views on their products? If you haven't bought anything, after browsing the items what do you think of them? would you buy any? leave your comments below.


souq hijab facebook page
http://shopthesouq.com/

Friday, 8 October 2010

Spiritual | 'Hur-al- Ayn' How To Become A Maiden Of Paradise

Allah has promised us everything we desire in Jannah (if we get there inshaAllah). One of the things He mentions in the Quran is the Hur-al-Ayn or maidens of paradise, so  if Allah has promised the men hur-al-ayn what do the women who enter paradise get? In this post I aim to briefly talk about the hur-al-ayn and make clear a few things about the maidens of paradise for those who use it as a means of attacking Islam by saying that Islam is a sexist religion.

To explain a few things about the Hur-al- Ayn I will be using a book titled : "Maidens of Jannah (paradise)" written by Moulana Abdulla Nana [To read this book in full, you can download it from: http://www.islamfactory.com/books/]

Jannat is a place where a person will have all that he desires, and he will live a perfect and ever-lasting life. Each pleasure of Jannat will be far more superior than the comparable pleasure found in this world, and a person will be able to completely fulfill his desire for that pleasure.

There are two types of women in Jannat

1- The Human woman

The first type is the human woman of the world who will be re-created according to the beauty of Jannat. Allah says,

"We created them as a new creation. And we made them
virgins, loving to their husbands, equal in age." Allah will make old women into young women and non-virgins into virgins. No matter how their appearance was in this world, Allah will make them all beautiful and good-looking in accordance to the beauty of Jannat.


What will a woman of this world receive in Jannat? 

Mufti Mahmud was asked that if men will receive hurs, what will women receive? He replied that the wives of the believers will stay with their own husbands. Women who never married in this world will be given a choice to get married with any (unmarried) man they wish. If they do not like any of them, a special man will be created for them (similar to the hurs) and Allah will join both of them in marriage. Allamah Alusi also mentions in his tafsir that a person's wife in this world will remain his wife in the hereafter. The love between a Muslim husband and wife is a true love because it will last forever.

Umme Salamah RA narrates that she said to Rasulullah SAW "0 RaSulullah , are the women of this world superior or the hurs?" He replied, "The women of this world will have superiority over the hurs just as the outer lining of a garment has superiority over the inner lining." Umme Salamah RA then asked, "0 RasUlullah, what is the reason for this?" He answered, "Because they performed salah, fasted, and worshipped [Allah]. Allah will put light on their faces and silk on their bodies. [The human women] will be fair in complexion and will wear green clothing and yellow jewellery. Their incense-burners will be made of pearls and their combs will be of gold. They will say, 'We are the women who will stay forever and we will never die. We are the women who will always remain in comfort and we will never undergo difficulty. We are the women who will stay and we will never leave. Listen, we are happy women and we will never become sad. Glad tidings to those men for whom we are and who are for us.' Allah will make the women of this world more beautiful and attractive than the hurs. (Wherever in this book the 'women of Jannat' are mentioned, both the hurs and the human women could be meant.)


2- The Hurs

What is a hur?

The second type of women will be those celestial women specially created for the people of Jannat known as the hur a'yn. A hur is a young, beautiful, fair-skinned woman with intensely dark eyes. Another interpretation is that there will be a sharp contrast between the whiteness and darkness of her eyes which is considered to very beautiful. Or it could also mean that her beauty will dumbfound and astonish others. The meaning of a'yn is a woman with big, attractive eyes, which is also considered a sign of beauty.

Allah says "These women will be delicate and pure as if they were preserved eggs." 
"[In beauty] these women are like rubies and small pearls."
The comparison between the hurs and rubies is in transparency. A person can see through a ruby and know what is on the other side. In the same way, a person will be able to see through the hurs because of the cleanliness and delicate nature of their skin and body. Allah has also compared the hurs to small pearls because of their softness, whiteness, and pleasant sight.

Abu Sa'id and Abu Hurayrah RA narrate that RasUlullah SAW said, "[When the people will enter Jannat], a caller will announce, 'Definitely, for you is life; you will never die. For you is good health; you will never become sick. For you is youth; you will never grow old. For you is luxury and comfort, you will never experience difficulty. Both the men and women of Jannat will remain young forever.
 
Summary:
  • husband and wife in this world will be husband and wife in Jannah (if they wish) because in Islam love really does last forever.
  • In Jannah men and women will be treated as equals just as they are treated as equals in the Dunya.
  • Women who were not married in the Dunya will be given a choice to marry any unmarried man in the Akhira. If she doesn't like any of the men Allah will create for her a special man (similar to the hurs).
  • Allah will make the women of this world more beautiful and attractive than the hurs.
So it's quite simple to be a Maiden in Paradise all you have to do is pray your salah, fast and worship Allah (which is actually the purpose of life on earth).

For all the unmarried sisters choose the right guy, the one that will enter Jannah with you. The one that you want to be with forever. Marry him only if he loves Allah above all and inshaAllah be his Maiden of Paradise!

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Spritual | The Orphan Child

"I and the guardian of orphans (whether the orphan be of his near or distant relations, or of strangers) will be in one place in the next world; like my two fingers, nearly touching each other."-Muhammad PBUH

Assalamu alaikum.
I've been debating with myself for a while now on whether I should write this post on orphan sponsorship or not. Charity that is sincere and comes from the heart is the one most rewarded by Allah SWT therefore I did not want to write this post in case it was seen as boasting (which kinda defeats the purpose of any good deed) In the end I decided that it was all down to intentions, my intention for writing this post is not to show off about my charitable work, it is to encourage other Muslims out there to stop thinking about how to increase their wealth to buy nice houses and cars and remember those who don't have anything. (May Allah forgive me if this is wrong)

During Ramadhan I recieved a Muslim hands (charity) booklet, as I looked through it and read about all the amazing things this charity does around the world I wanted to be part of it. I came across the orphan sponsorship scheme and it really appealed to me, from then I decided that I wanted to sponsor an orphan.


Alhamdulillah I have both my parents looking after me, enough food on my plate, a roof over my head, new clothes, the chance to get a good education and soo much more than most people around the world.  The more I thought about all the things I have, the more I knew I had to look into this.

On TV I was watching a documentary about poverty and war stricken countries. Christian missionaries were going to these Muslim lands and opening schools for orphans in those countries. Then it hit me, as Muslims give money to family back home (to people who probably don't really need it) and buy new houses and cars, Muslim children, who had lost both parents were being converted from Islam to Christianity. I nearly cried thinking about how the Ummah is asleep, while these poor children have no choice but to compel to the teachings of the only people that are taking them in and showing them some love. I just thought, Allah will ask me about this, He will ask me what I was doing with my money while all of this was going on. That was the turning point, I had to do something.

I looked up different charities that carried out orphan sponsorship and was overwhelmed with the number of charities that carried out this wonderful work. I read the different stories about each individual orphan with tears in my eyes, all I could think was imagine if that was me. (note: an orphan on these charity websites is a child whose father has passed away). I spent nearly two weeks reading through every profile and wondering how on earth I'm going to choose only one child. I tried to find a child that was quite young and in a worse situation than the others, I can tell you now,  that this method of trying to find the most needy child is impossible. In the end I went with Muslim hands and decided to use the random number generator and choose a child to sponsor that way.

For the child I am going to sponsor I will receive details of that child, his address, photo, annual school reports etc. I will be giving £27 a month (which really is not a lot) and inshaAllah my money will be going towards his education, food, clothing, books for school and helping out his family. My donations will not only help that child and his family out in the short term but also for his future through his education Alhamdulillah. The child I will be sponsoring is a little boy called Yusuf from china whose father passed away when he was very young, InshaAllah I really hope that this child will have a brighter future with the help of Muslim hands and my donations.

I urge every person reading this to really think about their lifestyle and try to help these needy children out there. With the west invading many Muslim lands and killing innocent people who leave behind young children with no one else to rely on, it is time for you to step up to your duty as a Muslim and take care of these children. By paying for a child's education you will be setting them up for life inshaAllah as with the skills and knowledge they gain from school they will be able to work and make a living for themselves and their future families.

Remember Sadqa does not decrease your wealth and think of the satisfaction that you will feel knowing that your doing your bit for the good of humanity and for the sake of Allah. We cannot change the world unless we change ourselves first, so don't just dream of a world with no poverty, make it happen. Every intention, every du'a, every penny makes a difference.

This post is to raise awareness for all the orphans who have no voice, please, help them in any way you can. Its your responsibility.

Here are a list of some charities that have an orphan/student sponsorship scheme.

http://www.muslimhands.org/en/gb/our_work/sponsorship_schemes/
- Orphan sponsorship £27/month
-Student sponsorship £12/month

http://humanappeal.org.uk/orphans.html
-Orphan sponsorship £300/year or £25/month

http://www.islamic-relief.com/whatwedo/7-5-orphans.aspx
-Any amount

http://www.uwt.org/site/project_details.asp?id=149
-£15-£25/month depending on country
-Can pay yearly or any amount for most needy child

JazakAllahu khair and Wasalaam xxx