By Fadia Bint Ismail

This year Muslim Hands has extended the hand of warmth by incorporating a volunteer program. This program is part of Project Ubushushu which helps hundreds of South Africans keep warm this winter. Blankets and food parcels are distributed to various communities among the many distributions that have already taken place are lavender hill, Delft, Macassar, Baviaanskloof, feeding Scheme and Parkwood.  Distributions that are still to take place are Steenberg, Madrassatul Mumtaz, Montague Gift, New lentegeur. Al Maamana, Balgravia. Al Waqah Institute langa, East Ridge Mitchellsplain, Khayalitcha and Ravendsmead.

Alhamdulillah thus far each distribution holds a special place in all of our hearts. As Muslims we should constantly try to help those less fortunate and to strengthen our Ummah. At Muslim Hands we are more than just a charity organisation, we are a family and we hope that each individual who comes into Muslim Hands will feel the same.

Our Volunteer program Hoot2Warm drive is aimed at getting the public to donate spare blankets, Non-perishable food items and clothes. Volunteers will be at various intersections collecting these items. We hope that this initiative will not only provide many South Africans to keep warm this winter but also to gain a long term  goal in which we are constantly seeking to help many of our fellow Muslims and even Non-Muslims get the help they need. Alhamdulillah our Hoot2Warm drive commenced on 11th June 2012. There were 4 intersections that were covered, Corner of Klipfontein and Jan Smuts, Corner of Jan Smuts and Kromboom, Corner of Klipfontein and Milner and Corner of Klipfontein and Hazel Road.

Volunteers arrived at 7am and were amped and ready to take on the busy streets of South Africa although things began at a slow pace eventually it picked up and we should always remember that nothing is possible without Allah. A plan is put into motion we go out there and do the job but all success comes from Allah. Volunteers managed to collect a few items and we even had people coming into the Muslim Hands office dropping off clothes.  The Hoot2Warm drive will extend until the 4th of July and Inshallah we hope and make Dua that we are afforded the opportunity to grow and extend our hand of warmth to greater lengths Inshallah.

A few things to ponder on about giving Sadaqah. If you are not able to give anything that is of monetary value.

Sadaqah is a voluntary charity; it helps strengthen your faith. The more you do the more you erase your bad deeds. Sadaqah is not only monetary. There are many deeds that are considered Sadaqah. If someone wishes to give Sadaqah and you assist in its delivery you are rewarded for giving Sadaqah yourself.

Aisha (RA) related that the Prophet (SAW) informed them as to who would follow him in death saying. “The one who has the longest hands amongst you would meet me most immediately” [Muslim].

The Prophet (SAW) said “Every Muslim has to give Sadaqah”. he was asked “if someone has nothing to give what should he do?” he said “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity from what he earns” The people then asked “if he cannot find even that?” he replied “then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds and this will be regarded as charitable deeds” [Bukhari and Muslim]