Enough talk…now let’s walk, what is it that we can really do?

Earlier today I posted a poem expressing my emotions and tears in letters and words (http://www.islamicexperiences.com/2012/02/reflections-on-syria-poem.html).

Yet, what have I really done to be honest? Have I done enough? What can I really do? Even journalists can’t enter Syria at this time; forget aid or even someone as insignificant as me, shaytan whispers into my ear. Yet, Allah out of His Immense Bounty and Grace has given us ways upon ways to help our brothers and sisters wherever they are. So here are what we can do:

1. Raise awareness

You never know who might actually be helpful, and whose dua Allah will accept. Let everyone whom you meet and whomever you get to talk to know that. Share status updates, videos, blog posts and articles on Syria. A video I would recommend is Shaykh Muhammad al-Arifi’s tearful Khutbah in Saudi Arabia on the issue- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YpdQYof2_8

2. Donate money or ask others to donate money

Try and organize a fundraiser, whether it be a dinner or a street collection or getting friends and family to donate. Islamic Relief has opened a page up just for this- http://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/Syria_Appeal.aspx . Do as much as you can and raise as much money as possible. Know that the rewards for charity is immense for it is one of the best of deeds, and in this case helping them is an obligation

3. Make A Qiyam Program

Gather your friends and family, and stay up at night praying Qiyam ul Layl (Tahajjud) and making dua to Allah to bring help and victory to the people in Syria. If not, then at least do it yourself alone. There is no better time than to make dua at that time. Allah says as narrated in a hadeeth qudsee at this time “Who will call upon Me, that I may answer Him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will seek My forgiveness, that I may forgive him?” narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1145.

However, not everyone can wake up at that time of the night to pray, so there are some other times that I will mention Insha’Allah. Please refer to this article of mine- http://www.facebook.com/note.php?saved&&note_id=125281203044

4. Ask Forgiveness

Many a times calamities may befall us due to our multitudes of sins. Therefore seek forgiveness for yourself and for the rest of the ummah in sha Allah

5. Make dawah

People usually scoff and scorn at me when I tell this to the people. Yet, dawah is of outmost benefit during trying times. When the Quraysh were raining down their tyranny on the Muslims in Makkah what did Rasul Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam do? DAWAH! You never know wherein lies the next Umar ibn al-Khattab or Salah ad-Din Ayyubi or Khalid ibn al-Waleed. Maybe you will make dawah to someone very lost and he/she will come back to Islam and his dua accepted. Wallahu alam, but never underestimate. It is during trying times that dawah works massive

6. Help your local community

There are many in our own communities in need of help and in need of assistance. Remember them in these times and help them even if you can’t the people of Syria. Let us at least show that we are capable of action. Donate to the poor and in doing so make dua that Allah make that charity of yours a cause for the ease of suffering in Syria and a cause for you to attain jannah

Many other things are thronging my mind, but I believe these are enough for now, get into ACTION guys!!

Article submitted by Raiiq Ridwan