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Build Reward in Times of Hardship – By Fatima Barkatulla


Will the cost of living crisis prevent you from helping those less fortunate?

By Fatima Barkatulla

We are told that there is a cost-of-living crisis that we are living through and many of us will
indeed be feeling the pinch. In reality, for most of us, it is the absolute luxuries that we will
probably cut down on and for many others, there really will be no real suffering involved at
“Were you to count the favours of Allah you shall never be able to
encompass them. Verily man is highly unjust, exceedingly
ungrateful.” Qur’an 14:34
It’s easy to start forgetting our blessings at a time like this, which it why it’s important to
remind ourselves of the Hadith of the Prophet:
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,
“Look at those below you (in blessings) and do not look at those above you, for it is
the best way not to belittle the favours of Allah.” [Bukhari & Muslim]
The truth is that if we have access to the internet and are reading this article, we most
probably remain in the top percentage of wealthy people in terms of global wealth, such that
people around the world who are suffering from poverty would consider us to be living lives
of luxury. There is always someone who has less than us and there are plenty of people
around the world who we could still help and share our wealth with.
Take Pakistan for instance, Pakistan is suffering right now as the heavy monsoon rains of
last year have caused some of the worst flooding the country has seen in the last 12 years.
Millions of people have been cut off and are relying on help to survive.
At least 1300 people have died since mid-June, including 343 children, according to the
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), with large swaths of the southwestern
province of Balochistan remaining submerged, bringing back the memory of the devastating
2010 floods. Balochistan is known for its very cold winters and warm summers. Now that the
winter has hit, they need our help more than ever.
In Yemen, millions of our brothers and sisters have been displaced, in Gaza, the living
conditions are dire and in Afghanistan, people have been through difficulty after difficulty for
many decades of war and sanctions.

Millions of people around the world are fighting for survival with children losing their lives in
sub-zero temperatures because they have inadequate supplies to keep warm.
Those in need require hot meals, Emergency Aid Packs, hygiene kits and medical aid packs.
Alhamdulillah we never have to really think about the fact that we have central heating, hot
water out of our taps, hot meals and warm beds.
So what can we do to help them and why should we do?
● Of course, we can and should make du’a for our brothers and sisters around the
● We should also use the resources Allah blessed us with and entrusted us with.
● We should help those who are on the ground in these countries to provide the much-
needed relief.
The Prophet ﷺ informed us: “Whoever helps ease one in difficulty, Allah will make it
easy for him in this world and the Hereafter.” [Saheeh Muslim]
So when we help others for Allah’s sake and ease a burden for them, not only do we have
the satisfaction of having helped our brother or sister in Islam, but Allah sees that act and
removes the hardship that we may be facing in this life and in the next too! What a great
return on investment!
On top of this, giving is a means to avert calamities and great losses in our own lives. The
Prophet, upon him be peace, said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of
calamity.” [Al-Tirmidhi]
The good news is that One Ummah Charity is on the ground in these very places and has
been providing relief to those in need with the very things they need most. It also has a
100% donation policy which means every penny you give will go to the beneficiaries direct
needs. This is because One Ummah has a separately funded admin department.
One Ummah is providing Winter Packs in 15 crisis hit countries, like Syria, Yemen,
Palestine, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and many other countries in need. These
packs can include a hat, gloves, scarf, blanket, coat and heater to save precious lives.
For only £100, up to 5 people receive a life-saving winter pack. Let’s help them save lives by
When we do so, we not only help save lives and bring relief, we show Allah our Creator and
Sustainer that we are grateful for what he has provided us with and care about our brothers
and sisters around the world, we avert calamities and problems in our own lives and we
ensure that through helping our brother or sister with the difficulties of this world, Allah will
make things easy for us in the next.

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