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Charity Week 2009: Raising Money for Orphans Worldwide

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Those of you who attend university in the UK may already be familiar with the term “Charity Week“. For the rest of you non-student types, here’s a brief explanation:

Charity Week is a grass-roots projects started in 2004 by a small team of London University students. Organized by the University of London Union Islamic Society (ULU ISoc) and in partnership with Islamic Relief, it remains one of the most successful and powerful projects ULU ISoc organizes to date. The initial aim was to raise awareness amongst the youth and communities about the tragic state of orphans around the world.

Countless Universities take part in Charity Week all over Britain, and over 5 years have raised a magnificent total of £931,000! 100% has been donated to Islamic Relief’s Orphans Campaign with ZERO admin fees. Therefore every penny is delivered directly to orphans and, amongst many things, is what makes Charity Week so special and loved across the nation!

Charity Week began on Monday 19th October, and as you can see from the following video, my own Islamic Society, Imperial College ISoc, has been busy trying to raise cash for this worthy cause from Day 1 – even donning cartoon costumes to appeal to their fellow students!

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I humbly ask you to donate whatever you can spare to this amazing drive. It has barely been a month since Ramadan left our homes, but the spirit of generosity should be present all year round – especially when it comes to caring for the most vulnerable amongst us.

You can easily donate online via the official Charity Week Just Giving websitehttp://www.justgiving.com/cwlondon2009. Remember to write “IMPERIAL COLLEGE” in the comments section of the donation form, so the money is assigned to the correct account.

Please also leave a comment on this post (anonymously if you wish), to encourage others to donate after you (an easy way to multiply your reward). JazakumAllah khair!

Narrated Sahl bin Sa’d: The Prophet said, “I and the person who looks after an orphan and provides for him, will be in Paradise like this,” putting his index and middle fingers together. [Sahih Bukhari]

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Dr Mehzabeen b. Ibrahim joined MuslimMatters as a blogger in late 2007 under the handle 'iMuslim', whilst still a struggling grad student. Since then, she has attained a PhD in Molecular Biology and a subsequent Masters in Bioinformatics, and now works as a specialist in this field for a well-known British, medical charity, masha'Allah. Somewhere in between she found the time to get married, alhamdulillah. She likes to dabble in photo and videography, a sample of which can be found on her personal blog: iMuslim.tv.

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. iMuslim

    October 24, 2009 at 10:39 PM

    Who will be the first to donate, and thus receive a copy of the reward of everyone that follows? :)

    • Welsh Muslimah

      October 26, 2009 at 7:09 AM

      Salamualaykum
      Or instead of giving to the london guys (who have raised loads already alhamdullillah) why not help out your welsh brothers and sisters! Im sure london can handle some competition bearing in mind there are like a gazillion more people there than here in little old wales!

      http://www.justgiving.com/cwwales2009/ :)

      May Allah bless you all with Jannat al Firdous Insha’Allah!
      JazakumAllahukhair
      Random welsh sister

      • iMuslim

        October 26, 2009 at 5:57 PM

        Hmm… I don’t mind people giving to both – but not one to the exclusion of the other! ;)

  2. msb

    October 25, 2009 at 4:32 AM

    me first. how can we donate?
    fastabikhul khayrat, ya akhi wa ukhti.

    wassalam

  3. Amad

    October 25, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Okay, Sr. iMuslim, to honor ur word, I’ll donate 50 quids… BUT in addition, I’ll match the next 100, i.e. I’ll donate another 100 for whoever donates the next 100… btw “quids”…. is that how you say it in England or am I totally messing it up??

    • iMuslim

      October 25, 2009 at 3:46 PM

      It’s “quid”, i.e., 50 quid, but I’d be happy to start a campaign to make it “quids” in honour of your generosity, masha’Allah. ;)

      Btw, you’ve been matched! Cough up, ‘bruv’. :D

      • Amad

        October 26, 2009 at 7:30 AM

        u got it.

  4. abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

    October 25, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    MashaAllah, a good article and an even better project! May Allah accept it from all of you and from the donors.

  5. S

    October 25, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Donated 100 alhumdulillah!

    • iMuslim

      October 25, 2009 at 3:49 PM

      Yey, alhamdulillah wa jazakumAllah khair!!!! May Allah grant you – and all the donors – entry into Jannah, hand-in-hand with the beloved Prophet, sallalahu ‘alayhi wa salam!

  6. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Salams,

    I have to say that I’m not sure if people, especially in the States, could gage from the above video links the extent of money raised by the kids at Universities in that one week (usually four days) up and down the UK. What type of stuff they go through, the hours, mashallah – and to add to that, the type of brotherhood and sisterhood they they get out of it.

    The link below will probably come close to giving a decent idea of what it really involves.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paX5C_g9aQ4&feature=related

    ^^ Main clip

    Athough you’ll get the figures of how much was raised in the various years by the first few seconds of the video clip, it’s only after 3:25 that you see the activities. In between is also of great value!

    If you are inspired by anu of it, please donate as described above and leave comment for University College London (UCL) – where I did my post-grad;)

    • iMuslim

      October 27, 2009 at 4:46 AM

      JazakumAllah khair for the video clip. Very inspiring indeed, masha’Allah.

      But I must also add… get your own blog for plugging UCL! :P

  7. Aslan

    November 3, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Salam,
    Warwick ISOC Charity week:
    http://www.justgiving.com/funny-aslan

  8. Merab Gamsakhurdia

    June 12, 2010 at 7:00 AM

    During the years I was working on the issue of as will solve a problem of orphans. The purpose of my research of last years was the ways of the assistance achievement for those who do feel aloof from parent’s assistance. My research has shown that, Orphans our children because, at them do not have parents. Avoidance of the orphan starvation, to give them qualified medical care, education and sweet home for them; it is a main objective of our organization. I am confident, it’s vital to lend a helping hand to a human-being initially, if he is in trouble and do the utmost to help him to become independent earn for his life without others aid. My research has shown that many people on the earth do have the desire to support others, but sometimes don’t know in what way to do it. Our Non-Governmental Organization “Save The Future Generation” works on above-mentioned issue. It helps people to discover each other, to exchange with experience and learn from each other how to overcome the difficulties problem for orphans. Please visit our site http://www.sfge.org on our site, you can find a lot of helpful information.
    Thanks a lot for your help.
    Best Regards
    Mr. Merab Gamsakhurdia
    2100, 24/10 Kedia Av. Zugdidi. Samegrelo Region. Georgia. Contact person: Merab (Mike) Gamsakhurdia |Tel mobile +995 95 918546 | Fax: +995 215 28370 | E-mail: sfg@sfge.org | Website: ww.sfge.org | Skype: sfgsfg6654

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