As Ramadan 2018 draws closer and we prepare for the privilege of a month filled with blessing and reward, it is an important reminder to every Muslim around the world of the significance of this auspicious month.
The actual month of Ramadan teaches us a kind of discipline we should generally adopt, and the particular character we should be employing in our lives.
Ramadan is not just about refraining from eating and drinking between the hours of sunrise and sunset. Some of the notable acts we abstain from during Ramadan, such as bad language, backbiting, harming others, seeing or committing evil deeds, speaking ill of others – are all sins and should be avoided in the first place.
Therefore, this Holy month is a clear reminder of how we should aim to be and to continue to be. Furthermore, this blessed month also serves to remind us of what we have and what we often take for granted.
For example, if a man is accustomed to fine dining in his very own mansion, what use would he have for a stale piece of bread and a tent? But for the man who is accustomed to starving on the cold streets, it could mean the difference between life and death – really puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others…”
- Jonathan Swift
It is incredible what we take for granted in this day and age. We live in a society where there isn’t just bread but instead, there are hundreds and thousands of varieties of it – available at the mere click of a button, too! But it isn’t just nourishment that we are accustomed to, it is also other necessities of life such as our senses; being able to speak, being able to move, having the ability to hear or see…
Give the Gift of Sight in Ramadan 2018
Did you know that every minute of every day, a child goes blind?
This is a statistic that we can change, and we will change - together.
There are approximately 285 million people in the world today who live with poor vision or preventable blindness. 90% of them live in developing countries. A very large fraction of those who are blind suffer from cataracts, which can often be cured with a very simple, short operation. However, with many of those affected not having access to sufficient medical aid, they are often left to suffer and accept the darkness.
Here, at Al Mustafa Welfare Trust, we aim to change that. With your continuous support, we strive to work alongside other organisations to raise awareness for those living with blindness today. In the majority of the cases we have seen, complete blindness has been avoidable and with your assistance, we have managed to help perform over 74,000 cataract surgeries to date.
In hindsight, giving someone the gift of vision is a remarkable gift to give, don't you think?
For more information on how to donate towards our eye restoration programme for Ramadan 2018, visit us online or give our friendly team a call on 020 8569 6444 today.