COVID-19 IS HITTING THOSE WITH THE LEAST THE HARDEST
Healthcare officials and government authorities are advising people to stay home, restaurants to only offer take-out and delivery, theaters to close and public events to cancel.
But there are many people who can’t afford to stay home, who can’t afford to not work. Many in America and around the world are getting sick and having to self-quarantine, which means they lose one, two or more paychecks. COVID-19 is hitting those with the least the hardest.
Baitulmaal has started a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to help people suffering during this pandemic. This includes your neighbors who can’t work but still need to make ends meet. This includes refugees who are suffering because aid deliveries are becoming more difficult. This includes immigrants who depend on hourly wages to feed their families. This includes the elderly who can’t leave their homes to get basic necessities like food, medicine and soap.
Ibn Abbas reported that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
“He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbor to his side goes hungry.” (al-Sunan al-Kubra 19049)
In the spirit of our faith, we are asking you to give generously to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. So many people are in urgent need, and so many people can benefit from the assistance you provide during these difficult times.
And let’s remember that giving charity is as much for ourselves as for others.
Allah (swt) says in the Quran:
But he has not broken through the difficult pass. And what can make you know what is [breaking through] the difficult pass? It is the freeing of a slave, Or feeding on a day of severe hunger, An orphan of near relationship, Or a needy person in misery, And then being among those who believed and advised one another to patience and advised one another to compassion. Those are the companions of the right.
(Surah Al-Balad, Ayah 11-18)
May Allah protect you and your family. May Allah heal those who are sick. May Allah protect us from poverty and calamity.
Thank you for your generosity. May Allah continue to bless you and your loved ones.
Baitulmaal is a 501(c)(3) charity. Donations to Baitulmaal are tax-deductible and zakat-eligible (IRS Tax ID: 20-0942434).