My family and the Three Boxes


 Dear brothers and sisters,

Allah the Exalted says to us: {“O you who have believed, respond to Allah and to the Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life.”} (8:24). From this verse we understand that we cannot truly live unless we respond to Allah and to His messenger. Our purpose in life is only truly being fulfilled when we respond to this call.

 

This becomes easier to understand when you realize that following the Islamic guidance will grant you success in this world and the afterlife.

In this article, I will focus on a great deed that one can easily adopt in his or her life to make a positive change. It can lead to success in one's life as well as that of his loved ones and community –  even the world.

This deed is: giving charity.

A true Muslim loves to give charity, for the Qur'an and Sunnah often mention it, teaching Muslims about it and the high honor and reward associated with it in this world and the next.

I would like to suggest a small idea that is easy to accomplish but can produce great and far-reaching fruits.  The name of this idea is in the title of this article: My family and the Three Boxes.

 

The goal of this project is to establish the value of giving in our life and our family's.

 

To get started with the project, gather three boxes or containers. In order to achieve good results – with the help of Allah –  these three boxes will contribute in three different fields:

 

  1. With relatives

 

  1. The country in which you live

 

  1. The Muslim Ummah

 

 

  •   STEPS OF THE PROJECT

Each member of the family will donate a sum of money each month, or every few months, twice a year, or even once a year. This sum of money will be divided between the three boxes. The funds of each box will be spent on the corresponding causes, as follows:

 

1. The 'Relatives' box will be spent on relatives who may need help for one of the following situations:

  • Poverty
  • Illness
  • Marriage
  • Education
  • Reconciliation
  • Regular family reunions

 

2. The 'Country' box will be spent on any of the following causes:

  • Charity organizations that care for those in need (poor people, orphans, widows, senior citizens, prisoners, etc. )
  • Da'wah organizations (offices, other facilities, channels, etc.)
  • Teaching institutes ( schools – colleges – universities – research centers) regarding: the Holy Qur’an – Islamic sciences – jobs and industry – skills – training
  • Health organizations
  • Organizations that care for people with special needs

f- organizations (activities for the children of the community, such as: education – community – fun – skill-building)

g- Endowments

 

3. The 'Ummah' box will be spent on any of the following causes:

  • Charity organizations that care for those in need (poor people, orphans, widows, senior citizens, prisoners, etc. )
  • Da'wah organizations ( offices, other facilities, channels, etc.)
  • Teaching institutes ( schools – colleges – universities – research centers) regarding: the Holy Qur’an – Islamic sciences – jobs and industry – skills – training
  • Health organizations
  • Organizations that care for people with special needs
  • Community-based organizations (activities for the children of the community, such as: education – community – fun – skill-building)
  • Endowments

 

By doing this small deed (i.e., setting up charity boxes in one's home), one is actually accomplishing many things at once:

 

First: Gaining the satisfaction of Allah. A lot of verses in the Qur'an talk about giving and donating for the sake of Allah. For example, Allah the Exalted said: {“O you who have believed, spend from that which We have provided for you before there comes a Day in which there is no exchange and no friendship and no intercession. And the disbelievers - they are the wrongdoers.”} (2:254) Likewise, many hadiths inform us about the importance of charity in a Muslim's life.

The Prophet  said: "He who gives in charity the value of a date which he legally earned – and Allah accepts only that which is pure – Allah accepts it with His Right Hand and fosters it for him, as one of you fosters his mare, until it becomes like a mountain." (Bukhari and Muslim)

                            

Second: Assisting those in need from among one's relatives, fellow citizens, and fellow brothers and sisters in Islam. It kindles compassion among relatives, strengthens the true meaning of brotherhood from one Muslim to another, and is a means of helping out in society. It also demonstrates the reality that the Islamic nation is one body.

 

Third: Raising awareness amongst one's relatives, community, and Ummah with regards to Islamic da'wah and teachings in order for them to live better lives and protect themselves from lifestyle choices and methodologies that would cause them harm.

 

Fourth: Bringing one's relatives, community, and Ummah closer to the Book of Allah (i.e., the Qur'an)   through da'wah and educational endeavors.

 

Fifth: Cultivating the value of giving in one's life,  as well as the lives of one's spouse and children, which is an excellent way to teach gratefulness, empathy, and general positivity that produces happiness in life.

 

Sixth: Contributing to the betterment of one's community and Ummah through supporting charity foundations and associations.

Charity work and non-profit organizations represent a very large part of modern society –- the third sector. A lot of good is done through these means.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

In the Arabic book (The Third Sector) the author writes: “There are 1.6 million non-profit organizations in America […]. They receive more than 316 billion dollars in donations annually. They employ 11 million people and 90 million volunteers. Religious charities made up 34% of total donations –- according to the 2008 statistics.”

The success of many charity organizations depends greatly on the causes which they pursue. The religious drive is one of the most important factors of success in this sector, which ends up having a positive effect on the countries wherein the charities are being run and distributed.

Imagine …

If one million people in Saudi Arabia –- for instance –- are convinced of the importance of this idea, and they put it into practice – even with one riyal. The total would be one million riyals a month, which makes 12 million riyal a year.

 

What if each of the above people who donate one riyal convince their family members to also donate?

 

How would the world be if this became a regular part of our culture in the Ummah? In the world? It would be such a huge step towards the betterment of society and all of mankind.

  • In conclusion:

This project represents a move in the life of every Muslim family towards a better, more positive life (by Allah's will). In this way, we will progress towards developing our lives, solving our problems, and advancing our societies and our Ummah. We will exemplify the description that Allah gives in the Qur'an: {“You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind.”} (3:110), and obey the call of Allah, who said: {“O you who have believed, be supporters of Allah.”} (61:14).  

Hurry, my brother…

Hurry, my sister…

Begin this project in your life. They can be three boxes, bags, or any containers in a visible place in your home. With such a small step, you can start working towards a better world for everyone.

The Prophet  advised us, saying: “Do not belittle any good deed.” (Muslim)





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