| Azlan Othman |
ISLAM exhorts its followers to help one another as fellow humans because doing so will bring about mutual respect and love. One way of implementing this is through almsgiving and donations, Imams said in Friday’s sermon.
“Almsgiving is one way of helping the less fortunate and needy, such as the poor and orphans.
“Islam pays great attention to the welfare of orphans.
“It is our responsibility to be concerned about the orphans.
“Giving money or other gifts for charity is a noble deed that brings benefit to the giver as well as the recipient. The giver receives divine rewards while the recipient gets to use the gift to fulfil his needs. In truth, the wealth that is given in charity does not decrease, rather Allah the Almighty will compensate and increase the giver’s wealth multi-fold.
“In our society there is still love, sympathy and a sense of responsibility towards orphans. Many parties, from the government, private sector and individuals, have collected funds to provide aid to them. Some of these are the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans (DANA), the orphan donation boxes in mosques, organisations, welfare projects, etc.
“Together, let us extend donations for orphans through the Brunei Cares short message service (SMS) project for the DANA which started on December 1 last year to February 10, 2015. Apart from that, our country is collecting donations for the Malaysia Flood Relief Fund, which is from Jan 10 to April 9, 2015.”
Donation boxes are also provided in mosques, surau, prayer halls, banks, commercial buildings and public buildings throughout the country. It is hoped that these donation drives will be able to lighten the sufferings of those in difficulties.