Asalaam Alaikum Everyone and I pray your Ramadan is going well! Can you believe we’ve completed a third of Ramadan? May Allah swt accept our deeds and allow us to get the best from this month Ameen.
As this is the month where all our deeds are magnified, giving to charity is one of the acts of worship that we all strive to do our best with. Alhamdulilah it’s amazing how Muslims break records for donations every year.
Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He will multiply it for him and he will have a noble reward?Quran 57:11
One of the ways I’m donating this year
Ramadan is the time most of us detox from our social media to concentrate on acts of worship. But what if there’s an app that takes the best of social media for a good cause? A friend recently introduced me to MiniDeed, an innovative app that turns your likes into donations. I’ve only been using it for a few days and whilst addiction is a strong word, I’m genuinely loving the concept!
I’ll be using the app this month to donate to charities and fundraise for Muslim Youth Helpline. As most of you will know, myrihla (previously known as MuslimGirlJournal) started after my experience with severe depression in my second year of university. Fundraising for organisations creating the space for people to get support is something I’m quite invested in.
How MiniDeed works
Using MiniDeed you can donate to or fundraise for a charity through ‘liking’ posts. The feed works in similar ways to social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. You can share your thoughts, pictures, or videos. And whenever someone likes your post, you receive a micro-donation towards your selected charity. And when you like someone’s post, you make a donation towards their charity.
At the start of each month, you also can set your donation and crowdfunding target. Let’s say you only have £15 to donate this Ramadan. Using the app you can spread that amount across different charities as you like people’s posts. The donation value of your likes can start all the way from £20 to as little as 1p.
But isn’t 1p too small?
One of my favourite books is The True Secret by Dr Amira Ayad. And there is a story from the book that has stayed with me for a long time. A young man needed an urgent bone marrow transplant operation and the money was being crowdfunded through a TV programme. The donations reached £850,000 in less than an hour through 19 people. Then a young man (whose name was Shareef) called in and donated £15. He apologised for the small amount and said, “This is half of all the money I possess in this world.” After a few minutes a man called the show, donated towards the transplant with an additional £1000 which he said was for the young man that called earlier. Another man called in later to add another £500 for Shareef.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Allah said, ‘O son of Adam! Spend, and I shall spend on you.”Al-Bukhari and Muslim
Subhan’Allah, this story is a powerful reminder that Allah swt isn’t looking at the quantity of our actions, He is looking at the sincerity of your efforts. This app is a wonderful opportunity for us to raise awareness about causes we are passionate about and donate as well. May Allah swt accept whatever we are able to afford each month.
My fundraising target for this month is £200 and I would appreciate if you could help me reach it. To reach my target, I’ll be sharing short daily reflections of my Ramadan in lock down. Download the app on Google Play or Apple store and share your Ramadan stories to also fundraise for a charity of your choice!
May Allah swt accept our efforts in this Holy month Ameen.
I pray that you benefited from this post and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.
How are you finding Ramadan under lock down? What is your biggest take away from the first 10 days?
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