Grant: Financial Assistance for Special Needs assessments

We have given a Grant of MVR 15,000 to Care Society to provide financial assistance to children with special needs to avail their assessment services. The assessment would enable the families of the children to get financial support from the government and to formulate classes for the children at Care Society. The Grant will cover the expenses for 6 children to undergo Assessments.

The Zul-Hijjah Challenge

The blessed days of Zul-Hijjah are upon us. These days are not only special for those who the immeasurable blessing of being able to perform Hajj this year. The first 10 days of Zul-Hijjah are an opportunity for the rest us to gain multiplied rewards. It is a time that we should double our efforts to gain the favour and blessing of Allah.

  • The days of Zul-Hijjah are so sacred that Allah s.w.t. makes an oath by them in the Quran when He says,

“By the dawn. And [by] ten nights.”  (Surah Al-Fajr, 89:1–2)

  • The Prophet (SAW) said;
    “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Zulhijjah).” Then, some companions of the Prophet said, “Not even Jihad?” He replied, “Not even Jihad, except that of a man who risks himself and his property (for Allah’s sake) and does not bring anything back.”
    (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

    Another virtue is that the religion of Islam was perfected in the blessed month of Zul-Hijjah, specifically on the day of Arafah, the ninth day of the month.

It was narrated that a Jew said to Umar, “O Chief of the Believers, if this verse: ‘This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favours upon you, and have chosen for you, Islam as your religion.’ (5: 3) had been revealed upon us, we would have taken that day as an Eid (festival) day.” Umar said, “I know definitely on what day this Verse was revealed; it was revealed on the day of Arafat, on a Friday.”
(Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Therefore, what can we do to ensure we win the maximum benefit from these 10 days?

  • Fasting

One of the deeds that entails a huge reward during these nine days is fasting. Those who fast on the 9th of Zul-Hijjah, also known as the day of Arafah, may get the rewards of having their sins being forgiven. The Prophet s.a.w. said, 

“It (fasting on the Day of Arafah) expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year (i.e. those sins will be forgiven).”
(Sahih Muslim)

It is reported that “The Prophet used to fast on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah and the day of Ashura, and three days each month, the first Monday of the month and two Thursdays.” (Abu Dawood, 2/462)

  • Sincere repentance.

 “But as for him who repented, believed and did righteous deeds, then he will be among those who are successful.” [al-Qasas 28:67]

  • Prayer
    Let’s try to increase the number of nafl or sunnah prayers. The Dhuha prayer and the Tahajjud prayer is filled with blessings and forgiveness from Allah.

“You should prostrate a lot to Allah as with every prostration you make, He raises your rank for one degree and drops one of your sins.”
[Reported by Muslim]

  • Zikr

“I met Ibrahim a.s. on the Night of Ascension (Al-Mi’raj), and he said to me: ‘O Muhammad, convey my greetings to your Ummah, and tell them that Jannah has a vast plain of pure soil and sweet water. It is a plain levelled land. The plants grow there by uttering: Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, La Ilaha Illallah and Allahu Akbar (Allah is free from imperfection; praise be to Allah; there is no true god except Allah; and Allah is Greatest).” 
(Sunan At-Tirmidhi)

The Prophet (SAW) said,
“There is no day more honorable in Allaah’s sight and no acts more beloved therein to Allaah than those in these ten days. So say tahlil (There is no deity worthy of worship but Allaah : Laa ilaaha illallaah), takbir (Allaah is the greatest Allaahu Akbar) and tahmid (All praise is due to Allaah : alhumdulillaah) a lot [on those days].”

  • Read Quran
    Strive to read a portion of the Quran each day
  • The practice of Udhiyyah or Korban,

The ritual sacrifice of livestock on Eid, which is the tenth day of Zul-Hijjah

  • Sadaqah

Make a donation or Sadaqah each of the first 10 days. The amount does not need to be big. The consistency is more important. Allah accepts and multiplies the reward for sincere Sadaqah.

“Let the man of wealth provide according to his means. As for the one with limited resources, let him provide according to whatever Allah has given him. Allah does not require of any soul beyond what He has given it. After hardship, Allah will bring about ease.”  (Quran 65:7)

In order to motivate our brethren to increase their efforts in these blessed 10 days of Zul-Hijjah, we have made a free template to set targets and keep ourselves accountable.

Grant: Donation to Palestine Emergency Fund

The Israeli military escalated attacks on the people of Palestine in Gaza from 10 to 21 May 2021, during the month of Ramadan. By the end of the conflict the Palestine people and infrastructure of Gaza had suffered immense loss and damage.

According to Wikipedia, 256 Palestinians had been killed, including 66 children and 40 women. Almost 2,000 wounded of whom over 600 were children, and 400 women. Four of the killed women were pregnant. The Israeli strikes had targeted multiple individual family dwellings, causing multiple deaths among members of the 15 families living there. Other reports set set the number of entire families killed at 20.

According to a post-ceasefire estimate;
1,042 housing and commercial units, spread over 258 buildings, were destroyed
769 further units suffered severe damage.
53 schools were damaged
6 hospitals and 11 clinics were damaged

According to Reuters, the 10 day conflict caused $40 million in damage to factories and the Gaza strip’s industrial zone and other industrial facilities, in addition to $22 million in damage to the energy sector. Gaza’s agriculture ministry estimated around $27 million in damage that included greenhouses, agricultural lands and poultry farms.

In the aftermath of the conflict, the people of the Maldives rallied to provide support to the rebuilding and recovery process. As part of this initiative, and in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we gave a donation of MVR 25000.00 to the Palestine support fund of the International Aid Campaign (IAC).

May Allah bless our donors for this contribution to the Palestine brethren.

Grant: S. Hithadhoo temporary mosque

The S. Hithadhoo residents near the flats area did not have easy access to a mosque. This led to many difficulties. They could not hear the Maqrib prayer so was unsure if they could break their fasts. Attending the prayer in congregation also was difficult.

Therefore the Jamiyyathul Ulamaa and Noorul Islam NGO initiated a project to build a temporary mosque in the area. The mosque would cater to a population of around 3000 people.

We supported the project with a donation of MVR 5000.00

Grant: Essential support for vulnerable families

During the last week of Ramadan we supported MOMS NGO to distribute essential supplies to 10 vulnerable families including 48 children. We supported this activity through a Grant. We are happy that the work was completed during the blessed month of Ramadan. The activity was part of their “Help a Family this Ramadan” campaign. Five packages were distributed to families in Male’ and five to families in the Atolls.

May Allah bless our donors for this Sadaqah on their behalf.

MCF Ramazan Art Contest 2021 Winners

The MCF Ramazan Art Contest 2021 was run during the month of Ramazan 1442 with the intention of creating an interest in the Quran and to enable children to do an interesting activity with their parents. Participants had to submit a poster or artwork on the topic of “The importance of giving Sadaqah in Islam and it’s rewards”. Each poster had to have a Verse from the Quran related to the topic with the Dhivehi translation.

A total of 42 entries were received for the contest with a grand total of 5144 Likes to the entries on our Facebook Page.

It is our hope that the Entrants, their families and supporters learned about the importance given to giving charity on a regular basis in Islam and also the immeasurable rewards that are promised by God for those who spend their wealth for the benefit of others.

The Winners of the contest were selected through a lucky draw with each Entry getting one Lot and each 10 Likes to the Entry getting an additional Lot in the draw. We are grateful to our sponsors Tea Tree Pvt Ltd and Ainie’s Wall Decor for their contributions towards sponsoring the Prizes. The winning Entrants would get gift vouchers that can be redeemed at Children’s Choice, Majeedhee Magu.

Warm congratulations for all the winning Entrants. And a special thank you to all the parents for your support to the children who participated in the contest. We hope that it was a fun learning experience for everyone involved.

The winners of the MVR 500.00 Vouchers

Entry NumberName
MCFRC202103Aishath Liba Ibrahim
MCFRC202124Khadheeja Shiman Ali
MCFRC202121Zainab Naeem Ibrahim
MCFRC202105Bathool Binthi Hassan Saneez
MCFRC202112Laily Saneem

Winners of the MVR 200.00 Vouchers

Entry NumberName
MCFRC202133Muhammad Neel Ibrahim
MCFRC202120Saara Naeem Ibrahim
MCFRC202129Lana Ali Nazeeh
MCFRC202119Yousuf Yazan Mohamed
MCFRC202117Aishath Lyra Hussain
MCFRC202102Zeina Amzath Ahmed
MCFRC202110Mohamed Zakwaan Ali
MCFRC202131Aishath Aara Ali
MCFRC202137Aminath Azka Mohamed Rasheed
MCFRC202123Marsha Yaamin Ibrahim