LIVING RAMADAN IN INFIRMITY
Narrated by Abdullah Bin Umar: Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “… whoever fulfilled the need of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs; whoever brought his brother out of discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomfort of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection.”
Sahih al-Bukhari 2442
Book 46, Hadith 3
If you have been performing righteous deeds and amassing handsome rewards in this glorious month, it is because Allah has blessed you with sound health to withstand the attendant rigours. This should make you thankful to Allah and remember some of our beloved brothers and sisters whose desire to do the same, but has not been complemented by the requisite physical, mental and psychological capabilities.
This perhaps is another reason to extend your compassion and generosity to those challenged or incapacitated by diseases or other health conditions at this time. People who desire to observe the Ramadan fasting with us, but are simply exempted. In this month, they would love, like you do, to be hale and hearty, to be fit for assorted daily activities like you undergo with ease, but they are inhibited, likewise their family members looking after them, by illnesses. They endure pain and deprivation while their relatives undergo physical and emotional stress, with a heightening level of fear and despondency – the hospital is simply not the best place to live the days of Ramadan.
Alhamdulillah, it feels great that you’ve witnessed the blessings of Ramadan this far. Now, more than ever, these patients need you to help them get through the illness, to reassure them that you cherish them and love to see them recover quickly. The Prophet said “The example of the believers in their affection, mercy among themselves is like one body; when a part of this body complains, the whole body responds with sleeplessness and fever.” (Al-Bukhaari and Muslim)
With the similitude of a fresh breeze to a weary mind, be the agents through which these needy brothers and sisters enjoy the reprieve from illnesses in this holy month and beyond. You can’t afford to procrastinate; no other time assures the patients of more relief and you, the donor, better rewards than this period of copious rewards. Recall that charitable acts attract the reward of compulsory deeds when done in Ramadan. The noble Prophet (SAW) added that, “One who helps a sick person in meeting his needs is forgiven his sins – whether he succeeds in this work or not.” This is an unquantifiable reward, also coinciding with the prevailing boom of forgiveness characteristic of the second 10 days in Ramadan.
Sakinah Medical Outreach has been touching lives, by the leave of Allah, and it is now positioned to do much more, by the leave of Allah. Sakinah Medical Outreach is a credible, transparent organisation that carry out its works with local knowledge. It is your trusted partner. Please support us with generous contributions with whatever you can afford. Please be our patients’ or applicants’ angel and help put smiles on their faces. The best time to donate is now; no other time is better.