December 21, 2005
Here's a Thought...Volunteer Your Way Through the Holidays!
If you are a Muslim living in the United States, or a revert looking for a way to still share in the holiday spirit of peace and good will towards mankind, or just in need of something to help you get through the transition of feeling at a loss because: (1) You have no family or your family members are far away from you; either physically and/or emotionally; (2) You don't know any other Muslims in your community with whom you can associate to help you get past the holidays, since, as a Muslim you are not (or as a revert no longer) participating in the religious aspects of the holiday season, or "Christmas"; (3) You live in an area where there isn't a masjid nearby; (4) You want to maintain the essence of the "holiday" season by doing something positive for mankind in general; (5) You have some spare time on your hands; (6) You are simply looking for an opportunity to practice the Islamic teaching to occupy your time in doing good deeds, or; (7) You don't have any plans for Eid-ul-Adha! Please visit VolunteerMatch.org!! You can begin your search for volunteer opportunities right here: http://www.volunteermatch.org/results. Customize your search to select from opportunities in categories like: Advocacy & Human Rights, Animals, Arts & Culture, Board Development, Children & Youth, Community, Computers & Technology, Crisis Support, Disabled, Education & Literacy, Emergency & Safety, Employment, Environment, Health & Medicine, Homeless & Housing, Hunger, Hurricane Relief, Immigrants & Refugees, International, Justice & Legal, Media & Broadcasting, Politics, Race & Ethnicity, Religion, Seniors, Sports & Recreation, and Women. You can even be a virtual volunteer! Just use the virtual opportunity search found here: http://www.volunteermatch.org/opportunities/virtual.jsp. As a virtual volunteer you can utilize your computer, Internet connection, phone, and/or fax. VolunteerMatch makes volunteering excuse free! To date VolunteerMatch has provided 2,349,861 referrals, and has offered 34,553 opportunities in association with 37,174 organizations!! Explore the multitude of opportunities available and see if there is a place where you can make a contribution today! Imagine the blessings to be found in representing Islam with the face of a Muslim, ready, willing, and able to show that we are truly a people of peace, love, kindness, understanding and charity. Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "Giving in charity is an obligation upon every Muslim". It was said (to him): "What about one who does not find (the means) to do so?'' He (PBUH) said, "Let him work with his hands, thus doing benefit to himself and give in charity.'' It was said to him: "What if he does not have (the means) to do so?'' He (PBUH) said, "Then let him assist the needy, the aggrieved.'' It was said: "What about if he cannot even do this?'' He (PBUH) said, "Then he should enjoin good.'' He was asked: "What if he cannot do that?'' He (the Prophet (PBUH)) said, "He should then abstain from evil, for verily, that is a charity from him." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] "Every good deed is charity." [Al-Bukhari] Happy Volunteering!!