First Waqf Fund established

Alhamdulillah. Our first Waqf Fund has been established as a General Investment Account of the Maldives Islamic Bank. The principal invested amount in the Waqf Fund will remain invested and the profits from the investment will be used to provide aid and assistance to those in need and for other activities of the Maldivian Community Foundation. Since the principal amount will always be re-invested, the Waqf fund will be a source of Sadagah for the donors in continuity.

This Waqf fund has been established with 50% of the donations of 37 individual donors and 3 Legacy Funds that have been established by families in the name of their loved ones who have passed away.

Abu Mas’ud reported: A man came with a bridled camel and he said,
“This is in the way of Allah.”
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said,
You will have for it seven hundred camels on the Day of Resurrection; each of them will be bridled.
(Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)

While the average person may not have the means to give Sadagah in large quantities or establish large Waqf funds, our combined efforts can create a source of benefit and reward for our Hereafter, In Sha Allah.

Narrated Abu Huraira: A man came to the Prophet (ﷺ) and asked,
“O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Which charity is the most superior in reward?”
He (ﷺ) replied,
“The charity which you practice while you are healthy, niggardly and afraid of poverty and wish to become wealthy. Do not delay it to the time of approaching death and then say, ‘Give so much to such and such, and so much to such and such.’ And it has already belonged to such and such (as it is too late).”
(Sahih al-Bukhari)

May Allah enable us to practice charity regularly and reward us for our efforts.

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MCF Ramazan Art Contest 2021

We are glad to announce the inaugural MCF Ramazan Art Contest 2021. Create a work of art, learn from the Quran and win exciting prizes!

The objectives of the contest are to;

  1. Create religious awareness in the community
  2. Provide an opportunity for children to think about religious issues in a fun and interesting way
  3. Create an opportunity for children and parents to do an activity together
  4. Create awareness on the work of MCF in the community

Check out the rules and submit your artwork at http://bit.ly/MCFArtContest2021
Get Facebook Likes for your Entry on our Facebook Page to increase the chances of winning a Prize.
Deadline for submission: 6:00PM on 8 May 2021

The contest is partially sponsored by Tea Tree Private Limited and it’s subsidiaries;

Island Kids – Maeedhee Magu, Male’
Jolly Joy – Majeedhee Magu, Male’
Childrens Choice – Majeedhee Magu, Male’
Kids Farm – Majeedhee Magu, Male’

We are grateful for their support to this activity.

The detailed Terms and Conditions can be viewed at https://mcf.org.mv/mcf-ramazan-art-contest-2021-tor/

Social Support Grant 1/2021

Alhamdulillah, our first Grant for NGOs is open for applications. This is possible only through the generous contributions of our donors. May Allah Bless all of them for their charity and effort. The Grant is targeted toward meeting the needs of two very vulnerable segments of our society; orphans and persons with disabilities. This Cause is something that is very close to the hearts of our donors and our team at MCF.

Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Prophet (ﷺ) said,
“Myself and the caretaker of an orphan will be in Paradise like this,”
and he held his two fingers together.
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5659

This Grant is the result of just a few months of donations from our donors. We hope to open further grant opportunities on other focus areas with the continued support of our existing donors and new donors who join us in future.

May Allah bless all of us for our efforts.

Those who believe and do righteous deeds: joy awaits these, and their final homecoming will be excellent.’
(Quran 13:29)

The deadline for submission of proposals is 31 March 2021.

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MOU signed with IAC for water-well projects

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed today with the NGO International Aid Campaign (IAC) for collaboration on water projects. IAC has a history of experience working in vulnerable communities in countries such as Bangladesh, Syria, Palestine and Yemen. One of their most impactful activities is the construction of water wells in water scarce areas. At the same time, a key focus area identified by MCF’s donors is the building of mosques and provision of water resources for those in need.

On the authority of Sa‘d bin ’Ubadah (ra) that he said,
‘O Messenger of Allah! Umm (mother of) Sa‘d has died, so which charity is best?’
He (ﷺ) replied,
“Water (is best).”
He said, ‘So he [ra] dug a well and said, “This (well) is for Umm Sa‘d”’.
(Abu Dawud)

Construction of water wells is an ideal activity as it would in Sha Allah continue to benefit the community for years to come. As part of the MOU, IAC will construct the wells and continue to monitor them and facilitate MCF to do routine maintenance. This is inline with MCF’s focus on enabling our donors to invest their charity in a sustainable manner.

While each individual may find it difficult to invest in a water well, MCF enables the pooled resources of our donors to multiply the impact, and in Sha Allah, the rewards as well.

Sign up as an Individual Donor or Contact Us to learn more about our other funds such as the Legacy Fund.

2021 – the beginning of something new – lessons from the Quran

The lunar new year. It is celebrated globally although none of us actually contribute anything to it’s occurrence. We look beyond it with hope no matter how bleak the past year had been. In fact the new year is a sign for those who contemplate.

We made the day and night as two signs. So We made the sign of the night devoid of light, and We made the sign of the day ˹perfectly˺ bright, so that you may seek the bounty of your Lord and know the number of years and calculation ˹of time˺. And We have explained everything in detail. (Quran 17:12)

He is the One Who has made the night for you to rest in and the day bright. Surely in this are signs for people who listen. (Quran 10:67)

So as we are on the verge of the long-awaited 2021, let’s have a look at some of the verses on the Quran pertaining to the day and night, and what it can mean for us. Full disclosure; I am not a religious scholar. But I long to derive lessons from the Quran according to my understanding, and perhaps you may understand a verse differently. May Allah guide us to better understand our religion.

That is because Allah causes the night to merge into the day, and the day into the night. Indeed, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing. (Quran 22:61)

He merges the night into day and the day into night. And He knows best what is ˹hidden˺ in the heart. (Quran 57:6)

To Him belongs whatever exists in the day and night. And He is the All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Quran 6:13)

These verses point to the fact that Allah knows all our thoughts, deeds, actions, plans, aspirations. We may make plans for the next year, but Allah knows better what is going to happen. So always remember this and try to make everything that happens or you bring into your life in the next year are things that would be pleasing to Allah.

And He is the One Who causes the day and the night to alternate, ˹as a sign˺ for whoever desires to be mindful or to be grateful. (Quran 25:62)

The passage of time is a sign for us to be grateful for what Allah has given us in the past. It should inspire us to count our blessings. It should motivate us to make more zikr. It should be a call for us to make a determination to show our gratitude in our actions, buy adhering to the religion more closely and doing more good deeds.

Do you not see that Allah causes the night to merge into the day and the day into the night, and has subjected the sun and the moon, each orbiting for an appointed term, and that Allah is All-Aware of what you do? (Quran 31:29)

And He is the One Who gives life and causes death, and to Him belongs the alternation of the day and night. Will you not then understand? (Quran 23:80)

He created the heavens and the earth with truth; He rolls the night around the day, and He rolls the day around the night. And He has subjected the sun and the moon, each running for a stated term. Undoubtedly, He is the Almighty, the Forgiving. (Quran 39:5)

The verses points to the limited nature of time. It alludes to the fact that even the night and day is meant to alternate until a set time. Just as we are on this earth for a set period of time. So whatever you do, do it in the time that is given to you. Tomorrow is not assured.

You cause the night to pass into the day and the day into the night. You bring forth the living from the dead and the dead from the living. And You provide for whoever You will without limit.” (Quran 3:27)

He is the One Who has made the night for you to rest in and the day bright. Surely in this are signs for people who listen. (Quran 10:67)

Allah is the owner of all wealth, blessing and barakah. So use the daytime to seek His bounty. Do honest work and earn a respectful living.

and for part of the night prostrate yourself to Him, and highly exalt Him long into the night. (Quran 76:26)

And glorify the praises of your Lord before sunrise and before sunset, and glorify Him in the hours of the night and at both ends of the day,1 so that you may be pleased ˹with the reward˺. (Quran 20:130)

Allah has appointed times in the day for work, rest and prayer. You can only be successful in this world and the next by following this guidance and balance.

˹Beware of˺ the Day the Trumpet will be blown, and We will gather the wicked on that Day blue-faced ˹from horror and thirst˺ (Quran 20:102)

May Allah protect us from the fear, suffering and punishment of that day. May Allah enable us to do deeds that would ensure our success on the only day that matters.

Author: Ahmed Siyah


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