Whilst our beloved guest of Ramadhan has sadly departed, it does not mean the good deeds and habits we formed in the blessed month should also cease. The Sahaba would be more concerned about their deeds being accepted than the deed itself, and indeed the sign that our ibaadah in Ramadhan has been accepted is to remain steadfast in performing those deeds after the month has ended. The true meaning of Eid is not lavish gifts or indulgent gourmet meals - in fact it’s to increase our ibaadah, in gratitude to Him:
"Every Day In Which Allah Is Not Disobeyed In Is A Day Of Eid And Every Day A Person Spends In The Obedience Of His Mawla, Having Thanked And Remembered Him, Is A Day Of Eid For Him." (Al-Hasan Al-Basri)
HERE ARE SOME GREAT WAYS WE CAN BUILD ON OUR GOOD HABITS FORMED IN RAMADHAN AND MAKE THIS OUR BEST SHAWWAL EVER!
#MYBESTSHAWWAL - “SMALL BUT REGULAR”
One of the best, easiest and most manageable ways to continue upon obedience is to set up a regular monthly donation to HHUGS.
“…The Deed Most Beloved To Allah Is One To Which The Doer Adheres Constantly Even If It Is Small.” (Muslim).
You can boost your charitable deeds by making a regular donation via a standing order for as little as £10. HHUGS still urgently needs to recuperate income following the closure of our bank account and the cease of all regular monthly income. HHUGS relies entirely upon community donations to continue our work. Without your continuous support, we will be unable to sustain our services.
Ways to set up a Standing Order
Call us on 0207 733 2104 to set up a Direct Debit on the phone
If you have already set up a regular payment through your online banking to our new account in the past month, then please remember to inform us, so we can contact you in future and send you a Gift Aid declaration so we can maximise your donation. Contact us on email@example.com or call 0207 733 2104.
#MYBESTSHAWWAL - A date with hhugs
“Whoever Fasts Ramadan Then Follows It With Six Days Of Shawwal, It Is As If He Fasted For A Lifetime.” (Ibn Majah)
Were you too busy this Ramadhan to organise an Iftar as part of our Host a HHUGS Iftar campaign? Now that the hustle and bustle of Ramadhan has calmed down and we’ve returned to our routine lives, why not make the most of the six sunnah fasts of Shawwal to organise an iftar? By hosting a HHUGS iftar, you can secure twice the reward – feeding a fasting person AND fundraising for charity!
Throw a small Iftar gathering in your home, and use the opportunity to fundraise for Hhugs, with your support, we can provide all families with Iftar food packs and vouchers, family support, Madrasah fees, Eid gifts and more.
Tips to get you started:
Choose a Date and Time
Invite your friends at least five days ahead to ensure everyone can make it.
Consider charging a small entry fee for the Iftar.
Aim for each attendee to set up a standing order to Hhugs – it could be £2, £5, £10 or £20 a month, every penny counts!
Having little things to sell can make everything much easier, contact us on 0207 733 2104 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for mugs, badges, key rings, t-shirts, postcards, CD’s, bracelets and bookmarks!
Request a penny box from us to get the most out of your Iftar.
Go on our website to get all the information you need about our work
Select some videos on our YouTube Channel to play at your event.
Plan your food in advance so it all runs smoothly on the day, you could ask a local restaurant or sisters to donate food
Invite someone to speak about the virtues of Sadaqah in Ramadhan, or prepare the reminder yourself.
Encourage your guests to hold similar Iftar’s and other fund raising activities.
Contact us for a fundraising script, ahadith about sadaqah, testimonials and case studies from our beneficiaries” to help you on the night
Finally, take plenty of pictures, and even films, and send them to us so we can show what our supporters are doing to help Hhugs!
“Whoever Gives Iftar To One Who Is Fasting Will Have A Reward Like His, Without That Detracting From The Reward Of The Fasting Person In The Slightest.” (At-Tirmidhi)
So choose a date and start inviting your friends and family! For more tips to get you started on how to plan and organise your iftar visit
#MYBESTSHAWWAL - VOLUNTEER!
Another great way to continue upon obedience is to give up some of your time to help those in need. HHUGS are always welcoming new volunteers to Help Households Under Great Stress and Shawwal is a great time to start a good habit. Some of the benefits of volunteering are:
Earn the pleasure of Allah with the right intention
Be there for families and individuals whose needs are often ignored and forgotten
Make new friends
Learn new skills that could enhance your career
Find out how you can make a positive impact upon society:
Sign up online - http://hhugs.org.uk/volunteer
Call 0207 733 2104
CALLING FOR KEYWORKERS:
BANGALI SPEAKER FOR PORTSMOUTH
KURDISH SPEAKER IN COVENTRY
PUNJABI/ MIRPURI AND URDU SPEAKERS FOR BIRMINGHAM
HHUGS are URGENTLY looking for volunteer keyworkers to help sisters in need of emotional and practical support. If you have that friendly, mature and gentle character, then we are searching for you to join our befriending team! Where you regularly meet families who are in need of HHUGS from the very day that they are effected by “Anti-Terror” laws. Despite having a vast Muslim community, HHUGS have failed to find a sister willing to take on this vital role which is rich with reward in the akhira..
If you would like to register your interest please sign up here:http://hhugs.org.uk/volunteer. For the Keyworker role, please try and complete the reference section using community figures ie. people known to HHUGS, imams, Islamic teachers etc.
Whoever relieves a believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from a difficulty of the difficulties of the Hereafter.