An orphan is defined as a child who has lost his father or both of his parents. In Arabic, an orphan is called a ‘Yateem’.
Of the many members of society, orphans are among the most vulnerable. This is particularly true in countries where there is little social support and where services are largely inadequate.
The noble values which Islam has laid out can be summarily understood by looking at the importance the religion has given to looking after orphans.
Transforming a life costs us little but ensures us a place in Paradise InshaAllah. It is a means of continuous charity as the donor receives rewards for all the good that the sponsored child does. Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said,
“The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in Paradise like this,”
and he held his two fingers together to illustrate. – from the book of Sahih Bukhari 5659.
Children at most risk
Calamities like the terrible floods in Pakistan, earthquakes in Haiti and conflicts in Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir and Afghanistan, continue to destroy lives and create appalling poverty in their wake. Inevitably children suffer the most.
It’s heartbreaking to see young children desperately trying to act as parents to their young brothers and sisters. Many end up scavenging for food on rubbish tips or turning to prostitution just to feed themselves.
Many of the poorest countries in the world also have thousands of orphaned children. Wars, disease, famines and other natural disasters have deprived them of their parents and relatives, leaving them alone and frightened to face a dangerous and uncertain future.
And in countries where others are already engaged in a daily struggle simply to survive, who is there to look after them. The answer is no-one. Every day many of these children die simply because they have no-one to provide for their needs.
Alhamdulillah, Ummah Charity International supports thousands of orphans, helping safeguard their iman and providing them a chance where there one was not. Our different projects are specially set up to help women and children to develop the necessary skills and have the resources to set up their own business to earn an income. Typically this involves skills like sewing, farming, selling vegetables or trading goods they have made themselves.The income they make helps these people to overcome poverty and live with dignity, independence and freedom.
Orphans are supported in developing countries like Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Burma, Chechnya, India, Kashmir, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Pakistan.
Please make a donation today of £100 or whatever you can afford, so that one more vulnerable child can be saved. As you can see, it costs so little to save and improve the life of an orphaned child. Please give most generously today to help the children who have nothing.