The holy month of Ramadan is not far from now. The holy month instills in all Muslims, a sense of piety and piousness. This is reflected by an increased number of donations in this holy month. Muslims all over the world give charity in the form of money, for acquiring closeness to Allah (SWT). However, money is one way of giving donations; there are other ways of donating as well.
Because charity money is the most popular way of donating worldwide, Muslims follow the suit as well. However, some Muslims find it hard to figure out how, when and where should they donate. That is where this article is likely to come handy. In today’s discussion, we discuss the variations you can try, concerning Ramadan donations.
How to give donations during Ramadan?
Like mentioned before, giving money is one way of giving donations during Ramadan. In the current circumstances, considering how the underprivileged are suffering, money is of course of great assistance. However, that is not the only donation you can make. Let us have a look at some other ways of giving donations during Ramadan.
Are you thinking about volunteering for social work this Ramadan? Non-profits, welfare organizations, and charity centers are always looking for volunteers who can help set up iftar drives for the poor. Tending the sick among underprivileged is also a kind of donation. Similarly, disseminating the knowledge about something you have is also a kind of donation, a Sadqah-e-Jariya. In short, there are plenty of ways through which you can give donations during Ramadan. You just have to be creative and innovative!
When to give donations during Ramadan?
Usually, all kinds of donations are made towards the end of the holy month of Ramadan. These donations include Zakat, Fitrana, and Sadqah. The trend is to give Fitrana money right before the Eid prayer. While there is no compulsion as to giving donations during Ramadan except Fitrana, there are points to consider.
The whole idea behind giving money during Ramadan is to help the poor. No beating about the bush. Now, what are these poor folks going to use your money for? Of course, to buy basic food provisions and medical supplies. The Fitrana money is given as a donation during Ramadan so that the poor can celebrate the joyous festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. Ask yourselves. If your money is not reaching the poor on time, is it helping them? Hence, to answer the query, donations during Ramadan must be made well before the second week of Ramadan.
Ramadan and Zakat
It is important to discuss the significance of Zakat at this point. Muslims pay 2.5 percent of their annual savings in the form of Zakat. It is one of the fundamental pillars of Islam. In the context of this discussion, Zakat has quite a significant bit of importance. An Islamic obligation, which can serve as a source of relief for those who are struggling financially, Zakat, makes a lot of difference. Apart from helping the poor, Zakat serves many other purposes as well. It helps in the purification of the soul. Zakat also helps a Muslim in seeking Allah’s mercy and forgiveness!
Where to give donations during Ramadan?
This question is easily answered. You can give donations during Ramadan, to any charity or welfare organization. If you find going down there too cumbersome while you are fasting, you can always donate online. One such platform where you can donate online is Transparent Hands.
Transparent Hands is the largest technological platform for crowdfunding in the healthcare sector of Pakistan. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services including medical and surgical treatments, medical camps and telehealth facilities to the underprivileged community of Pakistan.
The platform provides visibility to underprivileged patients and builds a personal and trusted bond between patients and donors while ensuring complete transparency. Donors from all over the world can use the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient has recovered completely.
Well, that is all from this discussion. No matter how much time you spend on the prayer mat, if you do not feel for your fellow humans, it is just not worth it. Make sure that you validate your fasting this Ramadan by giving more donations. Helping humanity is one of the best ways of acquiring Allah’s closeness and mercy!