Welcome to Part 2 of the ‘Eid Gift Guide’ series. The first one received a lot of feedback so I’m going to turn this into a series for the next week, giving you all ideas on what to gift and to whom. Before I get into specific gifts for mums, dads, siblings, friends, kids etc, I’d like to focus on something important.
A gift does not have to be a physical object. I think some of the most meaningful and beautiful gifts are in the form of donating to a charity in that person’s name.
There are a lot of charities out there. So much so that it becomes difficult to know where and who to donate to. Also, in what is an unfortunate state of affairs, not all the money that you donate goes to those the charity is claiming to help. Many so-called ‘not-for-profit’ organisations have actually become businesses, with those running it profiting from their ‘charitable’ endeavours.
If I was to recommend any charity, it would be the Australian based World Orphan Fund. Not only is their work crucial to the orphans in the areas they focus on (they are currently focussed on villages in Cambodia), but they are 100% not-for-profit, with ALL the money donated going to those in need.
They have many donation options on their website, from Zakat, to Sadaqa to sponsoring an orphan (for a mere $35 a month mind you). Their current initiative is to raise money to buy a water well boring machine to provide sustainable, long term and safe drinking water.
Have a look at this infographic for more details on the initiative:
Giving an object as a gift may make that individual happy, and I would never discount bringing happiness to someone. But donating in the recipient’s name will not only contribute to their hereafter (insha’Allah), it will also bring crucial aid to those in dire need.
Head on over to their website for more information on how you can donate.