Best Investment in This World and Aakhra
By Saghir Aslam
First of all, we should all be grateful to Allah SWT for bringing us so close to Ramadan which will start in a few days Insha’Allah. During the eleven months I write and share my experiences on various investments to benefit in this world. However, the next few articles will be on Ramadan and how to make the best out of it.
While focus will be on fasting, reciting Qur’an and Tarawee, we should not forget the millions of less fortunate people around the world, including orphans, widows, the elderly and young who are victims of poverty, disasters and wars. There will be people that will not have any or enough food for Sahoor and Iftaar.
Just as we plan in advance to get a good return on our worldly investments, we shall also take the matter of investing for our hereafter, seriously. Being generous is good but being wise is even better. Do some background research on the organization you are planning to support with your money.
When you show generosity in helping others, Allah SWT shows greater generosity towards you and when He shows His greater generosity that is something a human brain can’t imagine: only Allah SWT knows what we will be getting. Being generous is one of the names and characters of Allah SWT. You might not see the results immediately or in this world but know that there is something better that Allah SWT has set aside for you and He will reward you with it at the right time. So being patient is the best approach, I would say.
Prior to Ramadan while you are planning on what to do in Ramadan to earn good deeds and help others, Shaytaan and your Nafs will be two major obstacles you will face. Shaytaan will keep on whispering and scaring you of the poverty as a consequence of giving in charity while your Nafs will encourage you to think of yourself and buy something for yourself, i.e. clothes, new car, upgrade phone, etc. This is a battle we all face: some know how to win others end up losing, which leads to the greater loss in the hereafter.
You can choose to donate from various causes locally, nationally and internationally. It is always better to plan in advance so you don’t miss the chance of giving in Ramadan for which Allah SWT will reward you way over as compared to during the rest of the year. One of the most important charitable causes which Allah SWT has mentioned in Qur’an several times is helping the orphans. Here is a great project of Saba Homes, where orphans are not just given basic help but are honored, which is what Allah SWT loves and has encouraged us to do.
If you want to be in the company of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) then this is your way of getting there. For Zakat and Sadaqa donations to the orphan girls at Saba Homes during Ramadan, please contact our office: 714.305.5425 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.