Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
We’re in the last 10 days of Ramadan alhamdulillah and I’ve seen a lot of posts suggesting gifts to give this Eid. Clothes, money, make up, thobes, jewelry these are all options. However, I urge you thins Ramadan to give a gift that keeps on giving – in the duniya and in the akhirah.
So here are my gift ideas for Eid 2015!
Give the gift of eyesight
According to the World Health organisation (WHO), about 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. The causes of these visual impairments are preventable in 80% of cases. Around 90% of those who are visually impaired live in 3rd world countries, this means they have a lack of hospital and aftercare facilities and medicine.
Wouldn’t you like to give the gift of sight to someone this Ramadan. Both you and the recipient of the gift will be giving a sadaqah jariyyah (on-going charity) to the person receiving the treatment., Imagine if they read the Qur’an everyday and taught others, you now have a share in that good deed mashaAllah.
You can give the gift of sight for as little as £25 with Muslim Hands by clicking the link here.
Feed a family
You can either do this by donating money online to your chosen charity or give in your local community. According to the Trussel Trust, there are over 440 food banks in the UK and between 2014 and 2015, 1,084,604 people were given 3 days worth of emergency food. As Muslims, are responsibility first and foremost should be to our communities when it comes to giving a helping hand and believe me, there are people around you that need a helping hand. Children are living in poverty in the UK which has a significant impact on their later lives.
To find your local food bank to donate this Eid on behalf of someone you love, you can use this link from the Trussel Trust.
If you have some money left over, you can always buy an extra gift with Penny Appeal and feed the orphans and needy people by clicking here.
Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Prophet (saw) 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. [Bukhari]
Educate a child
Educating a child, whether it’s your own or somebody else’s is an amazing feeling mashaAllah. So how about giving the gift of education to a child that may not have gotten the opportunity otherwise?
This the the type of gift you could give as a family to another family as a lovely present inshaAllah.
You can click the link here to donate via the Penny Appeal or as a smaller gift, a school kit.
Give a fruit/olive tree
I’ve mentioned this before and I’m mentioning it again. Allah swt mentions olives in the Qur’an and they were one of the things that our Messenger (saw) recommends as a cure and something that we should use regularly. Check out my blog post on the sunnah foods to find out more about the benefits of olives. Now, both you, a friend and a farmer can benefit from an olive tree too from as little as £10.
And if olives aren’t your thing, a fruit tree is just as nice.
These are just some cool gift ideas that you can give to a friend or family member of Eid as a gift that just keeps on giving. If you know of any more and want to recommend a charity, feel free to leave their link down below so we can all benefit inshaAllah.
Wasalaam – Peace Be With You