How NASA Is Helping Save The Lives Of Children In Syria

Without dedicating a single person to the role, NASA is contributing to saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the worst hit areas of Syria.

But NASA is an independent agency of the executive branch of the U.S. Government. It has no involvement in the events in Syria or in humanitarian relief work there. How can it possibly be helping all these children?

Ladies and Gentlemen – meet Charity Week.

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The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) once said, “Knowledge is the lost property of the believer.”

Far too often, we repeat this hadith but do not act on it.

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At Charity Week, we live by these words. Like most traditional Islamic projects, our inspiration lies in our faith, the words of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)  and our glorious predecessors.

But unlike most – we actively seek to learn from the best of those who are currently excelling in this world. Whether it is iconic companies like Apple in computing, Pixar in animation or Tesla in car manufacturing, at Charity Week we want to take the best of what the best have to offer.

This year the theme for Charity Week was space and, naturally, we decided to study NASA.

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We started off the year designing our training based on lessons that we learnt from NASA, including how they approached team work and problem solving.

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We studied the moon landings and what drove astronauts like Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan. We gave talks such as “What if NASA did Charity Week?”

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We researched archives and read books like the excellent “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” by Chris Hadfield.

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We got so into space and NASA that we even baked little baby astronaut cakes.

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Each time we related what we learnt back to our own Islamic values, teachings and history. We were amazed by how many similarities there were between the drive, passion and integrity of our golden age with that of these modern explorers and scientists.

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The blessings of implementing this hadith of the Prophet (SAW) has meant that Charity Week has been able to grow and work better than ever before. More than 200 institutions across 6 countries on 4 continents alhumdulillah. This #CW2016, we are reaching for the stars and #GoingFurtherTogether – to unite our divided people and to help orphans and needy children across the world.

Just one of the projects that Charity Week will be funding this year (inshAllah) is to provide FREE healthcare for more than 130,000 Syrian children trapped in Aleppo, Hama and Idlib. Learning from NASA helped us do it.

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was right. He always is. We MUST acquire beneficial knowledge wherever we find it as this is our lost property, this is our lost legacy and – if we unite together – we will stop it from becoming our lost future.

Authors note: If you want to get involved, help choose where the money goes or simply want to be inspired – www.charityweek.com

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14 responses to “How NASA Is Helping Save The Lives Of Children In Syria”

  1. Maryam says:

    As salamu alaikum, how can I donate to syrian refugees? Can anyone help me with that? I am from India. I just hope that money should reach to the needy via right organization or charity group.

    • Maryam says:

      N to highlight….. Can I give Zakat money?

      • WAJiD says:

        Walaikum asalaam,

        Yes you can give Zakat and Sadaqah. Please just highlight it as such. If you go to http://www.charityweek.com and please choose any of the participating countries to donate via.

        One of the 4 projects we are funding this year includes Syrian refugees both in camps and unaccompanied children in Europe.

      • nasa l says:

        I’ve been collecting articles on extremophile bacteria for at least the last ten years. I find them fascinating, whether they live in boiling pools at Yellowstone, around thermal vents at the floors of the oceans, or on Mars, where NASA has been searching for them as the first evidence of life beyond Earth. Will Hobbs

        Intergretiy was the character trait for November 2012#nasa

        The review committee has left it to NASA to determine the scope of these alleged incidents. Ellen Ochoa

      • nasa l says:

        I’ve been collecting articles on extremophile bacteria for at least the last ten years. I find them fascinating, whether they live in boiling pools at Yellowstone, around thermal vents at the floors of the oceans, or on Mars, where NASA has been searching for them as the first evidence of life beyond Earth. Will Hobbs

        Nasa

        Intergretiy was the character trait for November 2012#nasa

        The review committee has left it to NASA to determine the scope of these alleged incidents. Ellen Ochoa

  2. Omer says:

    Allah destroys interest and gives increase for charities. And Allah does not like every sinning disbeliever.
    AL-BAQARAH [2:276]

  3. Rania Manaal Tinnat says:

    Stars are finite, eventually dying at the end of their cycle. Useful lessons too, for businesses that use charity money to run private medical practices and time to gain foamy interests. Marketing is a thinning polish for the corrupt. Charity can be free as in a smile or a good word. To donate for orphans, please visit:http://www.islamic-relief.org
    https://muslimhands.org.uk

    Lessons are always being learnt, be mindful to act them on #preach for the stars

  4. nasa l says:

    Integrity was the character trait for November 2012. This poster features NASA Administrator.
    I’ve been collecting articles on extremophile bacteria for at least the last ten years. I find them fascinating, whether they live in boiling pools at Yellowstone, around thermal vents at the floors of the oceans, or on Mars, where NASA has been searching for them as the first evidence of life beyond Earth. Will Hobbs

  5. Nicoke says:

    A world where all orphan children grow up in a loving and caring environment, realising their full potential, and the full dignity and rights

    Donate now at:http://www.orphansinneed.org.uk
    http://www.saveanorphan.org

  6. Soumaya N. (+all the girls) says:

    Build an Orphan Home

    Our orphan homes are made with love and dreams to give orphans somewhere they can truly call home. These buildings ensure orphans are safe, secure and happy, providing them with a place to play, learn, and socialise.
    http://www.orphansinneed.org.uk
    http://www.saveanorphan.org

  7. mulberry darlings says:

    An Orphan dies every 2 seconds.

    Help us save lives today!
    Save an Orphan today and follow a child’s inspirational journey out of poverty.
    We are asking for your kind help to rebuild the valuable young lives of countless orphans who have been neglected as a result of war, disease, and natural disaster.
    When children are born into extreme poverty, losing one or both parents is all too common. These children have lost their most loved ones and face painfully lonely and disadvantaged childhoods… unless we do something to help! You can donate as little as £25 per month to give an orphan child security, love and the hope that they deserve for a happy future. Here at Save an Orphan, we provide
    http://www.saveanorphan.org

  8. HASHiM says:

    “knowledge is CHARITY # just know #is not all bout the money, Manet, mooney

    The Seven Social Sins are:

    Wealth without work.
    Pleasure without conscience.
    Knowledge without character.
    Commerce without morality.
    Science without humanity.
    Worship without sacrifice.
    Politics without principle.
    The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself.”
    ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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