Last Ramadan was our first Ramadan during the coronavirus. No one knew what to expect. Everyone was afraid of how lonely it was going to be, how we would get by without our extended family iftars, without our Taraweeh congregations, and qiyam nights at the masjid.
Some of our fears came true. We were tested with loneliness and the inability to meet many of our loved ones during this blessed month.
One of the biggest gifts we received last year, however, was perspective. Allah SWT taught us a lot about our priorities when it comes to Ramadan. With our social gatherings out of the question, we learned that we might have been spent our previous Ramadans wasting quite a bit of time socializing instead of spending it in the worship of Allah SWT. As our hearts yearned for the masjid, we also learned that we should have taken advantage of the times when the masjid was open by visiting more and spending a longer amount of time there.
While we anxiously wait for the blessed month of Ramadan to start, we often overlook the powerful months leading up to it!
Rajab. Sha’ban. Ramadan. Allah SWT has given us these three months in succession to gain reward and nearness to Him. May He SWT accepts from us all the good deeds that we performed in the month of Rajab. Now it is time for us to focus on the month of Sha’ban.
Sha’ban is also known as the month of the Prophet (SAW) and the gateway to Ramadan. It has its own special merits and rewards. So, we should try to be at the forefront of seizing its rewards and earning Allah SWT’s pleasure.
This International Women’s Day, we #ChoosetoChallenge gender inequality not just through our words but through our work.
Justice and empowerment are two of the core values of Human Appeal. As an organisation dedicated to relieving suffering, we are here for every human, including those made vulnerable due to inequalities and injustice. Globally, 35 percent of women have been subject to physical or sexual violence.
The risk of experiencing violence increases in times of distress, such as conflict, displacement and as we have witnessed more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women and girls. Women also make up more than two-thirds of the world’s 796 million illiterate people, which keeps them trapped in a cycle of poverty and dependency.
South Manchester Badly Hit Around 300 homes in Didsbury and Northenden were evacuated last night, with families having to spend the night at Manchester City Council’s rest centre at Wythenshawe Forum, or Didsbury Mosque which had also opened its doors to those affected by the floods.
Our UK response team visited both sites and handed out 108 packs of biscuits and 162 juice cartons to families in need of food and energy.
Abid Shah, Human Appeal’s UK Programmes Manager said:
“As a Manchester charity born and bred we wanted to do everything we can to help people affected by flooding, especially just down the road from our HQ. “We delivered hundreds of cartons of juice and boxes of biscuits to help see Northenden and Didsbury families through what must be a difficult night for them.
Fundraiser Spotlight – Nick Fisher
At Human Appeal we are thankful for every single person who either donates to us or helps us with our fundraising activities. Without any of you, we simply would not be able to change the number of lives we do on a daily basis, in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Today we want to shine the spotlight on Nick Fisher, better known as Indigo Traveller, who has been working with us this year to raise funds for those who need our help the most in Lebanon.
Nick joined us on a visit to Lebanon in October and saw first-hand the good that Human Appeal is doing to turn people’s lives around, but he also saw just how much work there is left to do to help Lebanon get back on the road to recovery.