How Muslims can help the people of Syria

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ taught us that,

The believers, in their love, mutual kindness, and close ties, are like one body; when any part complains, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever.Saheeh Muslim

This is an issue for the whole Ummah

The Ummah is facing hardships, trials and tribulation like never before. Millions of our brothers and sisters in Syria are starving and have nothing but the clothes on their backs. Over 2 million are now refugees and millions more are homeless within Syria; they desperately need your help.

Hand in Hand for Syria is a UK charity which has made its mission to work only within Syria, where the majority of aid agencies are unable to operate. We have people on the ground, able to take your donations, care and compassion to the people most in need.

The angels spread their wings over Syria

Syria has great significance in the Islamic tradition; the Prophet’s ﷺ companions Bilal and Khalid Ibn Al-Walid, and the renowned scholar Imam Al-Nawawi are just some of the people buried there. The Prophet ﷺ said, “How blessed is al-Sham (greater Syria)!” The companions around asked: “Why is that?” The messenger ﷺ replied, “I see the angels of Allah spreading their wings over al-Sham” (Saheeh Ahmed and Tirmidhi). Here are some things you and your mosque could do to help make a difference to the Syrian people:

Raise awareness about Syria

Not everyone understands just how bad things are in Syria. Some people think that the dismantling of chemical weapons in late 2013 made things better inside Syria; in fact, things get worse every day. Please talk to people: our webpage has up-to-date information & statistics.

Pray for Syria

Never underestimate the power of duaa. Allah (swt) says in the Quran: “And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me — indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me” [2:186]. So pray for the victims of the crisis; ask Allah (swt) to protect them and ease their hardships.

Contribute to one of our Big Aid Drops

We organise a ‘Big Aid Drop’ three times a year, whereby we collect donations of aid from the public to take into Syria. Our webpage has details of the next scheduled event and what we’re collecting (please don’t collect anything which isn’t on the list). You could organise a collection at your local mosque or in your study circle, or among a group of mosques, and then deliver the goods to us.

Support our Ramadan appeal

The Prophet ﷺ said: “The best charity is that given in Ramadan” [Sahih at-Tirmithi]. Perhaps you could organise fundraising iftars to raise awareness about the situation in Syria and give people the opportunity to donate? The money raised through our Ramadan appeal is used to buy food boxes for families in Syria, which contain enough food for the entire month of Ramadan. Your donations also help us provide prepared iftar meals, via our food kitchens.

Ease the hunger with your qurbani

Every Eid Al-Adha we distribute qurbani meat to people in Syria. Your qurbani donations help us buy cattle inside Syria, ensuring the freshest meat and widest distribution.

Fundraise for us

Inevitably, one of the most important ways you can help is by sending money. We are a particularly efficient charity: when you send £1 to us, we take £1 into Syria, because all of our operating and administration costs are covered by reclaimed Gift Aid in the UK, and in Turkey and Syria by our partnership agreements with INGOs. We also maximise the impact of every £1 given by purchasing a lot of our aid in Turkey and Syria, where we can buy more for the money. There are lots of fun and imaginative ways you could raise money. If you’re stuck for ideas, there are some here at our fundraising ideas page.

Collect after Friday prayers

Raising money after Friday prayers (jummuah) is an easy way to fundraise. You’ll need the mosque’s approval, so speak to the imam beforehand and let him know that you intend to fundraise for Syria, giving him the chance to focus his sermon (khutbah) on Syria.

Get your madrassah involved

If your children attend a madrassah, you could ask them to raise money, and perhaps involve the children. They might enjoy setting up cake stalls or selling sweets during the breaks. You could speak to the madrassah’s management team about holding a fundraising day at the school.

Donate your sadaqah and zakat

Hand in Hand for Syria can distribute your zakat and sadaqah in accordance with Islamic principles. We take our commitment to delivering aid very seriously and confirm that we follow a 100% donations policy. This means that 100% of your donation will go directly to helping the needy in Syria. This online zakat payments calculator may help you.

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