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10 Quran-Inspired Ways to Assist During Times of Crisis

20 OCT 2023 

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All photos in this article were taken by Musa Zanoun, a Palestinian photographer in Gaza.

In our interconnected world, we often find ourselves confronted with heart-wrenching news of calamities and natural disasters. Whether it’s an earthquake in Afghanistan, Türkiye or Syria, an attack in Palestine, famine in Yemen, or a mass shooting in the United States, it is our global duty to respond with compassion and support for those affected.

Amidst the despair, it’s easy to feel helpless and lost in the face of such overwhelming challenges. However, it’s crucial to remember that calamities and disasters are trials from Allah (SWT), and there is divine wisdom and reasons behind them, even if we cannot fully comprehend it. In these moments of adversity, we can turn to the guidance of the Prophet (peace be upon him) for direction on how to respond with empathy and assistance.

Here, we present ten effective and compassionate ways to make a meaningful difference during times of crisis, all while reflecting upon the teachings of the Quran:

1. Donate Generously

Find trusted, reputable and experienced humanitarian organizations that are dedicated to providing relief during emergencies. These organizations bring vital resources, specialized expertise, and a profound understanding of the situation on the ground, enabling them to respond effectively to crises in impacted regions.

In these challenging times, as we pray for peace, your donations can be a beacon of hope, a bridge to relief, and a catalyst for positive change. Join us in this humanitarian mission by generously donating to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF). Your support will not only help alleviate the suffering of one million children in Gaza but also exemplify the profound impact of your generosity.

Remember that your charitable giving, or Sadaqah, is a powerful way to earn blessings and purification, as Allah (SWT) tells us,

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“The example of those who spend their wealth in the cause of Allah is that of a grain that sprouts into seven ears, each bearing one hundred grains. And Allah multiplies ˹the reward even more˺ to whoever He wills. For Allah is All-Bountiful, All-Knowing.”

(Surah Al-Baqarah: verse 261).

This verse reminds us that your generosity can be a source of blessings and purification, not only for the recipients but for yourself as well.

2. Raise Awareness by Sharing Verified Information

In the age of digital media, use your social platforms to raise awareness. Share accurate and verified information regarding the situation, its impact, and the efforts being made to alleviate it. Emphasize the importance of supporting the cause and provide shareable links to credible donation channels. Reach out to family and friends through personal messages, imploring them to join you in this humanitarian effort.

The Quran instructs us,

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“O believers! Be mindful of Allah, and say what is right.”(Surah Al-Ahzab: verse 70).

3. Serve the Community

Look for local organizations involved in disaster relief efforts. They may require volunteers for various tasks, such as sorting and packing donated items or assisting with social media campaigns. If you have the time and skills to offer, reach out to local humanitarian organizations and lend your support.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “The best of people are those who are most beneficial to people” (Narrated by Imam Ibn Majah).

4. Check on Those Affected

In alignment with a hadith from Imam Bukhari, wherein the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, beautifully expressed, “Verily, the believers are like bricks of a building, each part strengthening the other,” we find a profound lesson. This analogy underscores the importance of unity and support within the Muslim community during times of hardship.

Given this wisdom, if you have friends or acquaintances from regions impacted by the disaster, it is incumbent upon us to extend a helping hand. Reach out to them and offer your support as a testament to the strength of our community’s bonds.

5. Offer Emotional Support

In times of tribulation, individuals often find themselves grappling with intense emotional turmoil.In grieving, being a compassionate listener makes a big difference. Being there to listen with empathy and offering a comforting presence can provide solace during these trying times.

Remember the words of Allah (SWT),

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“So be patient, for the promise of Allah certainly is true. And do not be disturbed by those who have no sure faith.”

(Surah Ar-Rum: verse 60)

6. Contribute Supplies and Essentials

Roll up your sleeves and get involved by gathering essential supplies like food, clothing, and toiletries. These items can be invaluable to those affected by the disaster. Form connections with local charities and nonprofit organizations, working collectively to ensure that the donations reach the individuals and families who are in desperate need of these provisions.

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This act aligns with the Quranic call to “and give food—despite their desire for it—to the poor, the orphan, and the captive,” (Surah Al-Insan: verse 8).

7. Support Medical and Healthcare Initiatives

In times of emergencies, medical facilities are often strained beyond their capacity with the growing number of casualties. Make a difference in healthcare efforts by providing medical supplies, sponsoring medical missions, or supporting organizations that offer medical assistance to disaster-affected areas.

Your support reflects the Quranic principle that

Your support reflects the Quranic principle that “if anyone saved a life, it would be as if they saved the life of all humanity” (Surah Al-Ma’idah: verse 32).

8. Advocate for Change

Use your voice to advocate for long-term solutions and policy changes that address the root causes of disasters and conflicts. Engage with your local and national representatives, write letters, and participate in campaigns that seek to prevent future calamities.

In your advocacy, you echo the Quran’s call for justice and righteousness:

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“O believers! Stand firm for justice as witnesses for Allah even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or close relatives. Be they rich or poor, Allah is best to ensure their interests. So do not let your desires cause you to deviate ˹from justice˺. If you distort the testimony or refuse to give it, then ˹know that˺ Allah is certainly All-Aware of what you do.” (Surah An-Nisa: verse 135).

9. Hold onto Faith and Await Allah’s Help

When faced with adversity, we can find solace in the knowledge that our struggles are not in vain. They are a part of a greater plan, designed to test our faith and grant us a chance to demonstrate patience and perseverance. Remember that even in the darkest moments, His help is near.

The Quran reminds us of the divine promise:

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“Verily, with hardship comes ease.”
(Surah Ash-Sharh: verse 5)

This verse itself carries a profound message that we must internalize. It signifies that, to attain ease, one must first go through hardships. Without these trials, there would be no opportunity for ease to manifest.

In the face of calamity, keep your faith alive, and trust in Allah’s divine wisdom. This faith will serve as a guiding light through the darkest of times, leading you to the eventual ease that awaits on the other side of hardship. By maintaining unwavering faith, we position ourselves to receive Allah’s help when the time is right. Even in our darkest hours, we can find a glimmer of hope, knowing that ease follows hardship and that Allah’s assistance is imminent.

10. Pray for Those in Need

Never underestimate the transformative power of prayer, for it serves as a steadfast pillar of strength during times of tribulation and adversity. While you engage in physical action and support , it is equally vital to continue raising your hands in sincere supplication to Allah (SWT) for the well-being, comfort and relief of those deeply affected by hardship , seeking mercy and blessings to alleviate suffering and bring solace to the afflicted.

As stated in the Quran,

“Do not worry; Allah is certainly with us.” (Surah At-Tawbah: verse 40)

“Do not worry; Allah is certainly with us.”
(Surah At-Tawbah: verse 40)

As we come together in empathy and unity, may our actions reflect the core principles of our faith, and may Allah (SWT) grant ease and relief to those facing trials. Incorporate these ten compassionate ways into your response during times of calamity and natural disasters. Remember that your efforts, whether big or small, can make a significant difference in the lives of those affected. Insha’Allah.

In these times of immense hardship and suffering, our hearts are heavy, and our thoughts are with the innocent children of Palestine who are enduring unimaginable challenges. As we gather in prayer for peace and hold compassion in our hearts for the oppressed and suffering, we are reminded of the power of collective action.

Let us stand together, extend a helping hand, and be a source of light in the darkest of hours. Your generous donations can provide essential relief, medical care, and hope to those in desperate need. Together, we can make a significant impact in the lives of these children. Join us in this crucial mission by donating to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) and making a real difference in the lives of those who need it most. Your support can change their world.

Written by Nurul Mimsy

Nurul Mimsy, a Muslim food and travel blogger hailing from Malaysia and raised in Singapore. 

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