The concept of charity has transformed mightily over the years, from a collecting tin pot to digital platforms, charity has come a long way. But the value of charity in society has remained constant over decades, unfazed by the aforementioned changes. It is the 21st year of the 21st century, but how charity takes care of those who seek help quietly has not changed a bit. And this year, charity is needed more than ever! In this discussion, we describe the role that charity has played, and can play during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. The idea is to highlight the importance of good work that has been done on the social front, especially by those who have helped the world by their zakat and sadaqah. Stay with us till the end, if you want to learn how YOU can help people through zakat and sadaqah in 2021!
Zakat addresses financial woes!
But before we talk about the specific role that zakat and other Islamic charities have played during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is worth highlighting the benefits of paying zakat in general. Everyone is a winner if every Nisab owner pays zakat. The donors and the society overall benefit enormously! How you must ask? Well, apart from the promised rewards by Allah (SWT), zakat cleanses a person’s wealth and assets spiritually as well. And since zakat is a system that gets wealth in circulation, the societal gaps between the poor and the rich are automatically abridged as well.
A comforting 2021 must precede a troubled 2020!
We now come to the point around which this whole discussion will revolve. Charity and its role in helping people post coronavirus pandemic. 2020 was a year of gloom and doom, a year full of misery, the likes of which the human race has not seen in a long time. The devastation that the coronavirus unleased did not take lives only, it ruined millions financially and economically as well. People lost jobs, investments sank and the industries collapsed like houses of cards. And while everyone has welcomed 2021 with the hope that the new year will be more merciful and peaceful, it is hard to forget the scars left by 2020. We can recover only by sticking to the method that helped us survive in the first place during the pandemic i.e. by joining hands together!
We are still healing!
Linking to the previous, one major way everyone helped each other was by showing empathy and sympathy, values that were beginning to fade away pre-pandemic. But once the crisis started, everyone who had the means and the heart to help others spared no efforts in making sure help reached those who needed it. And while the second wave of the pandemic is in a full swing even as we speak, the healing process has speeded up considerably. With the holy month of Ramadan almost upon us, zakat and sadaqah donations are only going to give more hope to those who still need our help!
Zakat & Sadaqah: the perfect antidote to the pandemic!
We have already talked about the revolutionary way in which zakat can impact and change the societal fabric for good. And the value of zakat and other Islamic charities like Sadaqah has increased during the pandemic. Your donations, no matter how big or small they are by stature, provide hope to those who are still battling with the aftermath of the pandemic. A small donation can go a long way, it can provide someone with a month of food provisions, a chance to start a small business, fund treatment for a disease or disorder so on and so forth. Hence, it makes sense to donate as much as one can through zakat and sadaqah this year, someone’s chances of surviving at this thing called life might be depending on your donation!
Don’t wait for Ramadan, pay zakat now!
Ramadan is still a couple of months away as we pen down these lines. But millions need help right now! So, if you are someone who calculates and distributes zakat in Ramadan traditionally, maybe it is time to change that tradition this year. Calculate your zakat today using the Transparent Hands zakat calculator and donate your zakat to those you feel deserve it and need it. Or else, let a reputable and trustworthy organization do that for you, one such organization that can help you donate zakat online is Transparent Hands.
Help others by helping Transparent Hands!
In this section, we are going to familiarize you with Transparent Hands, as well as give you a bit of insight into the way it manages zakat and sadaqah. 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. It also sets up free medical camps in the rural areas of Pakistan in which, free medical consultation, free medicines, and free diagnostic tests are provided to deserving patients. 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. So, if you donate your zakat to this trustworthy platform, you will be helping someone cover their medical expenses. Think about it, so many people who lost their jobs during the pandemic can’t afford their health expenses right now. Transparent Hands manages your zakat to help these distressed souls! Sounds like an ideal place to donate your zakat in 2021!
We might have reached the concluding point of this discussion, but the message from this discussion is one that is not bound by the limitations of time and space. Only humans can save humans all that is needed is a bit of empathy and sympathy! Our beautiful world is on a mend, but the healing process is far from over. Everyone must continue the good work they have been doing, only then the old normal can return, which was a world full of happiness and joy!