Tooting Sunday circle Ramadhan Fundraiser 2015: Rohingya Emergency Appeal

Tooting Sunday Circle has been doing an annual fundraiser for various charities since 2012.  The Prophet (saw) said “The best charity is that which is given in Ramadhan” (Tirmidhi).  So we want to capitalise on this special month to give to those in need.
This year the Circle voted to support the Rohingya Emergency Appeal, with Muslim Aid.
The short video from Muslim Aid explains the plight of the Rohingya people:

 Many people don’t know about the suffering of the Rohingya people.
  • The UN has described the Rohingya as ‘the world’s most persecuted minority.’
  • They are a minority living in Burma, who have been persecuted for their ethnicity and religion for decades. They have largely been forgotten by the international community.
  • Nearly a million people have fled their homes after terrible attacks on the population in 2012, and are now held in what has been described by human rights groups as ‘open air concentration camps’.
  • Many thousands have also tried to escape on boats, but with no help from neighbouring countries; many have either drowned or been imprisoned when they land ashore.
Muslim Aid is among the most reliable and trustworthy charities not just in the UK but also at a global level.  They are one of the only NGOs based in Burma/ Myanmar with access to the refugee camps.
 
The Goal: 
 
To Raise £3000  in Ramadhan inshaAllah, and to raise awareness of the Rohingya’s situation – we’ve now passed this Alhmadulillah! But we want to aim even higher.
 
The Link to the online fundraising page is here:  http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Tooting-Rohingya
 
..but we will also collect donations offline e.g. in person. We will collect anyone’s cash donations during circles inshaAllah. Plus we’ll carry on collecting throughout July and August.
How will the money be raised?
 
We want YOU to be imaginative and come up with ideas to raise money among your friends and family. E.g:
 
  • Jumu’ah / Tarawih collections at your local masjid – if you (or your dad/ uncle etc) request in advance, they are usually willing to do this.
  • Sponsored Iftars – e.g. invite your friends over, and everyone who comes along donates at least £5
  • Cake/ ice cream sale
  • Any other ideas you have!
Sponsored Hike 2015 : 1st August
 
Also you can donate to our sponsored hike for the Rohingya. 
 
  • This year we have a fantastic route lined up: The stunning Jurassic Coastline in Dorset – 12 miles from Lulworth Cove to Weymouth, passing the world famous Durdle Door along the way. 
Sunday Circle’s Fundraising History
 
  • This annual event began in 2012 – since then alhamdulillah you, the Circle girls, have helped raise thousands and thousands of pounds for different causes: Darul Fadilah in Gaza, Syria crisis, the Al-Ansari Foundation in Zanzibar, and the Central African Republic.
  • The highest total ever raised was £9163.70 – mashaAllah an unbelievable amount! Another beautiful highlight was the time when the Grand Mufti mentioned the circle in his du’as on Lailatul Qadr all the way in Zanzibar, subhanAllah what a blessing!
  • There were so many examples of great fundraising each year – one sister raised over £500 from one jumuah collection, a bunch of sisters clubbed together to do a charity iftar, raising £200-300 mashaallah! And there were many more hidden good deeds.
 
All the money you raised went to charity. The money has built schools, provided water, shelter, food and medical supplies. Imagine the rewards you have gained – may Allah grant you all Jannah, AMEEN.
 
Everything is inshaAllah for the sake of Allah, may Allah keep our intentions sincere all the time.
 
Rewards for donating and fundraising:
 
  • The Prophet (saw) said: “Give Sadaqah (charity) without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire.” (Tirmidhi)
  • The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his Sadaqah.” (Tirmidhi)
  • “Ramadhan is the month of charity, and a nonth in which a believer’s sustenance is increased.
  • He also said that wealth never decreases with charity (Tirmidhi) – Alhamdulillah!

What if I can’t donate or come on the hike?…

Even if you can’t come on the hike or donate, you are very important for the success of this appeal! You can be a part of this effort and receive the same rewards by helping to raise money or just by publicising the event– put the fundraising link on your facebook, send it round via email or text… spread the word, get your friends and family and communities to donate.  Very few people could give £3000 on their own – but it’s amazing what we can do together with collective effort   Whatever effort you put in today will be your investment in the Akhirah, inshaAllah!!

May Allah reward you abundantly for your support, generosity and efforts. Ameen 🙂

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