L-R: Syed M. Agha, Shaukat Hussain (both of ICNA Relief Canada) with Annie Karasseferian & Kamran Mustafa of Western Union Canada.
Western Union donated CDN$10,000 to ICNA Relief Canada in support of the charity’s global education programs. ICNA Relief Canada is a division of Islamic Circle of North America Canada, a renowned non-profit organization that has supported community and social development in Canada since 1970. The gift in celebration of the Ramadan ‘Eid’ was presented at a ceremony held in Toronto on the 7th of August.
“Education support is one of the many reasons our customers use our services to send money to their loved ones, and we believe this kind of support is the best path toward a solid financial future,” said Don DeLair, vice president and general manager, Canada, Western Union. “On the eve of Eid this year, we are thrilled to support ICNA Relief Canada and hope these funds will help young people around the world realize their true academic potential.”
“By educating those who are living in very difficult economic and social circumstances, we would not only give them hope, but also enable them to change their condition and their very future,” commented Shaukat Hussein, the Executive Director of ICNA Relief Canada. “We are grateful to Western Union for their Eid gift towards our education efforts.”
About ICNA Relief Canada
ICNA Relief Canada (www.icnareliefcanada.ca) is a global humanitarian relief and development organization responding to human suffering in emergency and disaster situations around the world. In addition to its emergency relief efforts in natural or man-made disasters, ICNA Relief Canada also works on long term relief and development programs in the fields of education, healthcare and orphan support. Its partners range from small community support groups to national alliances and international relief organizations. ICNA Relief’s domestic projects include food banks, matrimonial services, seniors’ program, family counseling services, foster parenting and funeral support fund.
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Surah Al-Baqarah [2:185]
During the month of Ramadan the Qur ‘an was sent down as a guidance to the people with Clear Signs of the true guidance and as the Criterion (between right and wrong).
So those of you who live to see that month should fast it, and whoever is sick or on a journey should fast the same number of other days instead.
Allah wants ease and not hardship for you so that you may complete the number of days required, magnify Allah for what He has guided you to, and give thanks to Him.
Dealing with riba (usury, interest) is a major sin against which Allah has issued a stern warning. He says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Fear Allah and give up what remains (due to you) from Ribaa (from now onward) if you are (really) believers.
279. And if you do not do it, then take a notice of war from Allah and His Messenger but if you repent, you shall have your capital sums. Deal not unjustly (by asking more than your capital sums), and you shall not be dealt with unjustly (by receiving less than your capital sums)”
“Those who eat Ribaa will not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like the standing of a person beaten by Shaytaan (Satan) leading him to insanity. That is because they say: “Trading is only like Riba,” whereas Allah has permitted trading and forbidden Riba. So whosoever receives an admonition from his Lord and stops eating Riba, shall not be punished for the past; his case is for Allah (to judge); but whoever returns (to Riba), such are the dwellers of the Fire — they will abide therein”
When I started turning towards Islam in university, I was faced with the question of abstaining for music. It was a hard decision but I eventually took the plunge and gave it up. It wasn’t an easy journey for me and I moved back to listening to music, then gave it up only to once again start it again. I finally gave it up completely Alhamdulillah over five years ago (May Allah help me stay on this path).
There are many who would argue that there is nothing wrong with music, it is just another gift of God, etc. The below just serves to confirm to me that my decision was indeed a wise one, an attempt to raise my level of Taqwa, an attribute that needs constant work from our part. As we enter the last ten days of Ramadan, we will need to start the struggle to continue the momentum of Ramadan. For indeed if we were to walk away from Ramadan without a positive change it would be a big travesty on our part. Your positive change could be giving up music. Insha’Allah I hope the below will help you towards this change.
Ramadan Kareem and may Allah (SWT) accept our deeds and have this month serve as time for our forgiveness and for the shower of His mercy.
A few months back, the following email sent to the list serve of Al-Huda Canada was forwarded to another list I am on. The content of the email (reproduced below) was amazing.
Few weeks ago my daughter, who is in first grade had a science fair at her school. We decided to do an interesting experiment. Our Hypothesis was that listening to Qur’an has physical effects just like listening to music has physically visible effects. To prove our point we took an apple which also has 60-70 percent water content like human bodies. We cut the apple into half, put each half in a zip lock bag and then for seven days played Qur’an for one half of the apple and music to another half of the apple .. Both apples were kept on room temperature. The results were amazing and so our hypothesis was accepted.
In Quran Surah Luqman Allah(s.a.w) says:
And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e.music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allah, or the Verses of the Qur’an) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire).(6)
In surah Yunus Allah SWT says about Quran:
O mankind! There hath come to you a admonition from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts and for those who believe, a Guidance and a Mercy. (57)
Please look at the attached pictures. The first picture is of the apple when it was freshly cut. Second picture is after 3 weeks of the experiment.
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