About 2 weeks ago, i was asked by a 2nd year junior, Christina to help her for PURE HEART Program by becoming their collecting AGENT. There was a doubt deep in my heart because this charity drive is done by the Christian Society of Malaysian Student and Kelab Kebajikan at Jatinangor, Bandung.
It was a few days before i was asked, i read a friend's blog discussing about this program and his point of view make sense.The conclusion i made is we can help this program as long as the objective clear to help the people in need.Besides most locals here are Muslims to (It doesn't mean i'm objecting in helping non-Muslims)
What are my doubt??
I don't want this program become a way of people recognizing Christian is better than Islam.
However, it is A GOOD thing that the Christian society conducting this program. Finally this year they involved with helping the community like previously done a lot by IMAN (Islamic Malaysian Society, bandung).Yes,IMAN has done a few charity program.Sad thing is it doesn't involve us collectively.However, the Palestinian Charity drive was a good move.
Hopefully you guys will do something like this next time.HIDUP IMAN!!. A big applause for those who are helping and make it happen(",)
I'm proud of my friends and kosan mates who were really dedicated to contribute.Besides, we are going home to Malaysia.This many of us want to give away a lot of their belongings to the locals here(",)
The reason i Agree to help because i believe the program regardless done by any society is to HELP people in need. Thus, as a Muslim i am willing to help. Helping people is the first reason of me becoming a doctor.
Islam is Syumul(complete). When there's poor, there's the rich to help. Allah already commend us, the caliph of the world to help each other...help the people in need as stated in Al Baqarah : 267
يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ أَنفِقُواْ مِن طَيِّبَـٰتِ مَا ڪَسَبۡتُمۡ وَمِمَّآ أَخۡرَجۡنَا لَكُم مِّنَ ٱلۡأَرۡضِۖ وَلَا تَيَمَّمُواْ ٱلۡخَبِيثَ مِنۡهُ تُنفِقُونَ وَلَسۡتُم بِـَٔاخِذِيهِ إِلَّآ أَن تُغۡمِضُواْ فِيهِۚ وَٱعۡلَمُوٓاْ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ غَنِىٌّ حَمِيدٌ (٢٦٧)
O ye who believe! Spend of the good things which ye have earned, and of that which We bring forth from the earth for you, and seek not the bad (with intent) to spend thereof (in charity) when ye would not take it for yourselves save with disdain; and know that Allah is Absolute, Owner of Praise. (267)
Actually the verse above also regarding Zakat which is one of the 5 main pillar of Islam (Rukun Islam). Zakat is giving away some of your valuable things(money) to the eligible people(eg:poor people, mualaf-people who just converted to Islam). It is a must in Islam to do zakat every year like praying 5 times a day.
However Islam does not promote those who likes to help have PRIDE over ruled the reason of helping (sedekah). This is because Allah wants us to sedekah with sincerity ..not because of to show how a good person you are. However, if it can promote Islam as A good adn Syumul(complete) religon, we should do it by the name of ISLAM!!....refer to the verse below,Taken from Al-Baqarah : 271
إِن تُبۡدُواْ ٱلصَّدَقَـٰتِ فَنِعِمَّا هِىَۖ وَإِن تُخۡفُوهَا وَتُؤۡتُوهَا ٱلۡفُقَرَآءَ فَهُوَ خَيۡرٌ۬ لَّڪُمۡۚ وَيُكَفِّرُ عَنڪُم مِّن سَيِّـَٔاتِڪُمۡۗ وَٱللَّهُ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ۬ (٢٧١)
If ye publish your almsgiving, it is well, but if ye hide it and give it to the poor, it will be better for you, and will atone for some of your ill-deeds. Allah is Informed of what ye do. (271)
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