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Ramadan WITH or WITHOUT a parcel?
Ramadan WITH or WITHOUT a parcel?Ramadan WITH or WITHOUT a parcel?   The great importance of the Ramadan parcel   Alhamudlillah! We have had a great start to Ramadan thanks to your support. Thousands of Ramadan packets have already been distributed all over the world and people are enjoying the food. Especially now, the need is even greater!     Rising prices for basic goods bring already struggling countries to their knees   Due to the Corona pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine, food prices are rising rapidly all over the world. African and Asian countries are particularly affected. And this makes the situation even more difficult for those who are already in difficulty.   Time after time we see the enormous impact your packages have on the lives of the needy during Ramadan, and we would like to share it with you.   That is why we describe the situation without a Ramadan package and with one, based on a Syrian refugee family in a tent city.     A typical day in a refugee camp during Ramadan…   …without a parcel   Without a parcel, people wake up before dawn and perhaps have a sip of water before the fasting period of the day begins. They may eat a small bite of dry bread or whatever is left over from the previous day. For the parents, in addition to fasting, the main activity of the day now begins: getting something to eat for the evening. The father goes out and perhaps tries to do some work or close a deal. He is probably trying to find out if there is bread or food distribution somewhere. The mother cannot prepare anything for the iftar because she has nothing, and meanwhile, she hopes that the father will not come back so late, if possible, and that she can get something to eat…     …with a parcel   With a parcel, the day starts with tea and freshly baked homemade bread dipped in a little olive oil. For the children, there is chocolate cream to spread, so that they too can enjoy getting up for sahur. The day can then begin in a relaxed manner and the father can work on long-term improvement measures instead of spending the whole day looking for food. The mother can plan supper and already prepare soup and bake sweets for dinner. For iftar, the family then eats a rich lentil soup and some rice and tomato sauce with spices. For dessert and dinner, there are pastries with jam and black tea…     Receiving an iftar ensures certainty and joy   Just the idea and security of having an iftar to look forward to has enormous significance for people. This gives an extra dose of strength, especially on difficult fasting days. So don’t underestimate the impact and effect of your donation!     Check out our Donate page to find out what is included in a Ramadan parcel and how you can make a donation!     Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on whatsapp [...]Read more...
The impact of your Zekat / Zakat
The impact of your Zekat / ZakatTHE IMPACT OF YOUR ZAKATYour Zekat / Zakat can do this!   Of course, each of us wholeheartedly gives his or her obligatory donation and thus fulfills a great pillar in Islam. But what power does this donation actually have? For the poor and needy, Zekat is a great blessing.   Due to the growing imbalance between rich and poor, which is aggravated by migration and not least by the Corona pandemic, more and more people are slipping below the poverty line.     The need for humanitarian support is huge   On the other hand, the immense need for humanitarian support and more difficult logistical conditions for aid delivery mean that aid is less and less available.   We have previously reported on the challenges that residents of refugee camps, for example, face in receiving food.      Unfortunately, donations are not always enough to help sufficiently. However, this is where your Zekat comes into play and works as a “Band-Aid”.   Wherever we see people struggling due to poverty, the Zekat can be used to provide the necessary help. The Zekat gives the flexibility to target help where it is needed most at the time.   In addition, SBC also distributes Zekat directly to those in need who are in particularly difficult circumstances.     Many of us don’t realize how necessary our Zekat is   One heartbreaking story, for example, occurred during a distribution in Benin. There, our team handed an envelope with Zekat to a lonely old lady, who was moved to tears.   In the envelope was a sum of money that would hardly have been enough for a dinner for two in Switzerland.   For the lady, however, this represented a small fortune and she assured us that she would use it very sparingly, so that it would last her a very long time…      If you have any questions about the Zekat, feel free to check out our FAQ   If you want to donate your Zekat, you can do so here : barakah.ch/zakatCondividi su facebook Condividi su twitter Condividi su email Condividi su whatsapp [...]Read more...
Ramadan – 30 days / 30 wells
Ramadan – 30 days / 30 wellsRamadan – 30 days / 30 wells During Ramadan, our hearts as Muslims are always a bit more open and compassionate than on the rest of the months. Many of us are even more giving than usual during this month and want to take as much of the blessings in Ramadan as possible. So at Swiss Barakah, we thought to ourselves, “how can we use the blessings in Ramadan to create the most lasting benefit for those in need?” With a flash of inspiration, the ambitious idea of building a new well every day during Ramadan was born. What seems impossible for any other month of the year suddenly seems quite realistic with Ramadan in mind – “we can do it – In shaa Allah!” Alhamdulillah it worked! The demand was so great that after a short time we were able to plan almost all Ramadan days with well.As expected, the last 10 days of Ramadan were in particularly high demand and were fully booked after only a short time. It was a great logistical challenge and demanded a lot from the teams in the project countries. In Togo, Cameroon, Chad, Benin and Uganda, the teams traveled from place to place to start each day with a new well. Sometimes the Swiss Barakah staff and volunteers arrived in the villages of the needy only at night – but the promise to start construction on the desired date had to be kept and it was! Now, almost a year later, thousands of needy people are happy to break their fast in Ramadan 22 with water from your well donations! What about 2022 – can we do it again? Hier you can reserve your well for Ramadan: FORMULAR You can also contact Muatasim for additional questions about wells via Whatsapp: +41766511234 Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on whatsapp [...]Read more...
Fitre
FitreThe true value of the Zekat al Fitre„Free them from neediness on this day“ (Al Baihaqi)  … with these words the Prophet ﷺ made Zekat al Fitre obligatory for the ummah. However, feeding the needy does not reflect the only wisdom behind Zekat Al Fitr. There is more to it, as we will learn later…. Islam has given Muslims exactly two great and important holidays: Eid al Fitre and Eid al Adha. It is precisely these that all Muslims should be allowed to enjoy and celebrate without worrying about their sustenance. Therefore, on the day of the Feast of Sacrifice (Adha), the meat of the sacrificed animals is distributed and on the day of Fitre, food is distributed to the needy by every Muslim who is able to do so. But there is more to the Fitre than just feeding the needy. It purifies our fast from inappropriate actions and bad speech. Each of us commits spiritual impropriety during the fast. Perhaps one speaks an inappropriate word to one’s family or treats someone unkindly or even witnesses defamation! Many examples can be found… Through this misbehaviour, we lose much of the reward of our fasting. Fasting is not only abstinence from food and drink. Rather, it also involves refraining from sins and bad behaviour. Refraining from eating is easy. If we have broken our fast by eating and drinking, it is clear and everyone knows exactly that this day will not be accepted and the fast must be made up. But who of us knows how much reward of fasting is left after the last misdeed? … Alhamdulillah that our Lord has given us a form of purification for this with the Zekat al Fitr, which gives us hope, to receive the complete reward, for our fasting. Ibn Abbas reports: “The Messenger of Allah ﷺ imposed Zakat al-Fitr on the one who fasts in order to protect himself from any objectionable action and speech, and for the purpose of providing food for the needy. It is accepted as zakat for the one who for the one who fulfils it before performing the Id prayer, and it is Sadaqah for the one who complies with it after the prayer.” So let us not consider the Zaket al Fitre only as a duty which we distribute from our hearts to the needy. Rather, it is also as an opportunity to purify our missteps in Ramadan and thus emerge in shaa Allah with accepted deeds and as better people from it! May Allah accept all our deeds in this blessed month, amin! FAQ: Who has to pay Zekat al Fitr?   Zekat al Fitre must be paid by every Muslim who has enough food left for himself and his family for one day, even if he gives the donation. The father of the family spends Zekat – Al Fitre on every member of the family whose maintenance is his responsibility. This includes his wife, children, but may also include parents and other persons in his care. Those who are only responsible for themselves only pay this amount. According to the majority of scholars, the Zekat Al Fitre must be spent as food. However, one can also appoint a person or charity to distribute the food to the needy.   When must Zekat al Fitre be paid?   It must be paid before the Eid prayer. It is best to make it at least 1-2 days before – Please note that payments received after Eid cannot be considered for distribution and will be treated as Sadaqah.   How is the Zekat al Fitre used?   The Zekat al Fitre is distributed by SBC according to the Sunnah as basic food to those in need in our project countries.   How much is the Zekat al Fitre?   The amount for the Zekat al Fitre this year is CHF 10 per person. According to the Sunnah, 4 Sa’ of food should be given. This is roughly equivalent to 3 KG of basic foodstuffs. The 10.- francs covers the cost of this food.   Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on whatsapp [...]Read more...
Community Center Uganda
Community Center UgandaCommunity Center Uganda It is a small village community in Pallisa district/ Uganda. There are about 250 adults and about 430 children. There are almost 2 children per adult. There is abject poverty. Until a few months ago, there was almost nothing here to indicate an infrastructure. A few stapled together pieces of wood and tarpaulins serve as a community center. When Swiss Barakah Charity decided to help the community a few months ago, the priority was clear: first of all, a well must be built! Because many people fall ill with typhoid fever and other diseases due to the polluted water. Abu Bakr, an activist for his community, says, “We shared water with the animals. We drank from the same water as our animals!” Even when fetching water to the distant water point, there were numerous dangers such as snakes and other wild animals that attack people every now and then. Alhamdulillah, thanks to your donations this problem is now solved and the people are extremely happy and relieved about the new well. Their biggest daily worry has been taken away. A matter of heart for the community is also a new Community Center. One could cry when looking at the current center. There are only some wooden beams, which are covered by tarpaulins and bamboo mats. It offers hardly any protection from rain or sun, so that events and festivities have often literally “fallen into the water”. Reason enough to give people a helping hand. A real, beautiful and fortified community center is to be built, which should bring versatile benefits to the people. About the Center: The Community Center will serve for the following activities, among others: – Educational activities – Social and cultural events – women’s meetings – children’s activities – and much more It should become a nice meeting place where there is something for everyone. The center will contain several rooms. Among them will be a small library where children can be taught and a kitchen from which to cook for community events. There will also be a large shade canopy to allow for outdoor activities. The centerpiece of the center will be a multifunctional hall that will provide a large area for events of all kinds. There will also be sanitary facilities that can be used by the community. The premises offer a good basis for further aid projects of SBC. Hot meals will be cooked and distributed there on a regular basis. In the hall, distributions of relief goods can take place and much more! Abu Bakr says: “We want to make the Community Center a model project for the whole of Uganda”. A keystone to the development of this community!   Quote: When man dies, he is separated (from the merit) of his deeds except in three (cases): a sadaqa that endures (sadaqajaryia), knowledge that brings benefit, and an upright descendant who supplicates for him. (Muslim) Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on whatsapp [...]Read more...
Why bread?
Why bread?Why bread? A question which might sometimes cross the mind of one or the other of us is: Why do we always distribute bread? Don’t people need other things as well? Maybe people need other things – rice, oil or some preserved vegetables? Always only bread is not healthy either! That’s right! All this is needed and bread is not the healthiest but … …imagine: According to estimates of the UN High Commission, there are about 5.6 million refugees living in the region around Syria. The majority of them are dependent on active emergency aid – the people have no chance to earn their own income, as they live isolated in tent camps. There are huge areas dotted with refugee camps and all of them are dependent on supplies from outside the tent camps. The daily task of the fathers of the families consists solely of providing new food for the family. Bread has the advantage that it is very cheap compared to other foodstuffs and also contains many calories, i.e. it provides energy. This is enormously important so that people do not have to suffer from hunger and malnutrition and helps the body to produce warmth in the winter in the fight against the cold. Especially for the children, it is essential to get enough food so that their bodies can develop – about 40% of the camp residents are children under 12 years old!!!! We talked to some of the older camp residents and asked them what they needed most. The answer was always, “Bread! If you bring us bread, our biggest daily worry is taken away. Once our daily bread is secured, we say “Alhamdulilah” and can worry about other things.” For Swiss Barakah, it is clear: Bread provides the simplest and most effective emergency aid and can take away the greatest daily worry from many people with just one franc! The need is infinitely large, – the teams of SBC are daily in the Camps on the way and distribute transporter-wisely bread against the gigantic hunger. Thousands of people can be supplied with bread, but unfortunately there are still millions of other people who have not yet been reached… With just 1.- , you too can satisfy the bread needs of a family for a whole day – don’t close your eyes and help!Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on whatsapp [...]Read more...
Ramadan Special: 30 days/ 30 wells
Ramadan Special: 30 days/ 30 wellsRamadan Special: 30 days/ 30 wells What is behind it? As Muslims, we know this phenomenon during Ramadan: Good deeds are suddenly no longer difficult for us. Especially giving money is much easier than during the rest of the year. The awareness towards our Creator and the important things in life just seems much more present than in all other months. By increasing ibadah and removing ourselves from bad things, our hearts become purer and move a bit further away from the grip of this world. Our compassion for those in need is also much more intense. We feel the hunger in Ramadan that the poor must always feel and have a dry mouth, just as the thirsty must endure throughout the year. We feel weak in between and begin to understand how much we depend on our food. All these reasons also make us donate significantly more and think more about those in need than we do during the rest of the year. We donate to Ramadan packages, Iftare, Zekat al Fitre and much more. All of this is important and needed! A bitter taste remains only if these relief supplies are used up after some time. By that time, we have already returned to our old lives. The needy as well. For one month we were a great community, but then everyday life and the carelessness associated with it catches up with us again and so we forget our suffering brothers and sisters…. So this Ramadan, let’s make a difference that will benefit people tremendously and help permanently! One well helps communities of up to 1000 or more people. The help reaches them immediately after the construction is completed and remains Inshā’ Allāh for generations. The benefit of a single well is so gigantic that it is hard to imagine its scope. So let’s put our motivation and strong spirituality to proper use this Ramadan and make a real difference in this world and help thousands of people with aid that will change your life! Build your own well and help us start a new well every day! A month full of Barakah – blessings that last!      Here’s how to donate to your own well: Contact us by phone or Whatsapp on +41 76 469 93 35 📲 Think about your desired day, the color of the fountain and the name that should be on the fountain. We will let you know if your date is still available and start with your fountain on your desired day! Of course you will receive photos and videos of your fountain from the start of construction. Save the (date) well! (We ask for your understanding that we can only allocate each day once. The one who donated first will get the award on the desired date) Would you like to participate in a Shared Well? Some days are reserved for community wells – you can get involved now and build your well together with the community! ✊ Quote: When man dies, he is separated (from the merit) of his deeds except in three (cases): a sadaqa that endures (sadaqajaryia), knowledge that brings benefit, and an upright descendant who supplicates for him. (Muslim) Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on whatsapp Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, he should honor his guest (Bukhari) [...]Read more...
The blessing of water
The blessing of waterA life in a tent How nice it is to be home! We’ve done all our winter preparations and are ready to cozy up at home, looking forward to getting away from the stress and hustle and bustle of the pre-Christmas season. The gray weather as well as the rain outside makes being together in the warm with family even cozier…. “Look at these cracks! – The tents are only 2 months old and already the wind is whistling through them,” -Mahmoud A. is indignant about the poor quality of the tents in his refugee camp near the Syrian border. “Now it is still summer, but in winter this is a disaster. Then the tent hardly offers any protection against wetness and cold!” He explains to the Swiss Barakah Charity team. “You see – the tents are built for a single family. However, due to the shortage, the tents have to be shared by 2 – 3 families!” He continues “With Allah it is necessary to seek help,” he says in conclusion, quoting the famous words “Allahu Musta’an” of the Prophet Jacob when he learned of the loss of his son Joseph at the hands of his brothers. Meanwhile, imagine how you might feel in such a tent: with other families in a medium-sized tent – 24/7, 365 days a year. You can’t take off your clothes because of the looks of the others and there is no other possibility to withdraw. The children have little to do and often quarrel, which can get on your nerves after a while, and you desperately want to be alone for a few hours. There are noises all the time and you never get to rest. Even at night there are almost always noises: a baby crying, someone going to the bathroom, a cough here, a snore there. The smell is certainly not pleasant either. Imagine a mixture of cooked herbs, sweaty clothes and other body odors…. One can understand the relief that a family’s own tent offers in such a situation. Simply being able to relax and take off some of your clothes and being confronted with far fewer disturbing factors. What a great asset one’s own four walls are – or at least one’s own tent. The SBC team recognizes the problem and starts working. After the paths in the camp have already been fortified against the impending wetness, the team begins to build more tents so that, if possible, each family has its own “place of retreat”. In addition, the broken tents are replaced by new tents. The new tents are much more stable and of better quality. The new tents are insulated on the inside and water and snow resistant on the outside. This still does not replace a cozy living room, but makes the winter a lot more bearable… In any case, the people in the refugee camp are extremely happy and make supplications for the donors who have made the new tents possible. For many it is already the ninth winter in a tent and thanks to your help in shaa Allah it will be the most bearable so far! So, the cold days can come, – at least for the inhabitants of this camp! You find this work valuable? You would like more people to receive this help?!- You can support us ! Partager sur facebook Partager sur twitter Partager sur email Partager sur whatsapp [...]Read more...
Already prepared for winter?
Already prepared for winter?Already prepared for winter? Who does not know it? When it starts to get cooler in autumn, there are all sorts of things to prepare – go into town and shop for winter clothes, swap summer tires for winter tires, get rubber boots out of the basement, winterize the garden, level the driveway with rubble to prevent puddles and , and and. Nobody wants their family to be caught unprepared by the cold rainy weather, frost and snow and catch a cold or even the flu. But we are not the only ones who need to prepare. The people in the refugee camps around Syria are even more worried about the onset of winter. The problem: You hardly have any means to protect yourself adequately from the weather conditions. The tents are very poorly sealed so that they do not provide adequate protection from the cold. The tent camps turn into one big mud hole in winter. Due to the constant wetness and the limited opportunities to hide from the constant cold, many of the camp residents become ill every year. For quite a few of you, illness ultimately means death due to poor medical care. But we can do something about it now! Just as we level our own driveway against puddles for the coming winter, we can do the same for the destitute refugees. The Swiss Barakah teams are already on site and are preparing the paths in the camps for the winter and restoring the tents so that they offer a little better protection from the bitter cold in winter. Here you can support our preparation of the infrastructure for the winter and support our winter aid for Syrian refugees Partager sur facebook Partager sur twitter Partager sur email Partager sur whatsapp [...]Read more...
A Ramadan Story
A Ramadan StoryA Ramadan Story Bekir Develi, a TV presenter, says: “Yesterday we went out for dinner with my friend Sadettin Acar and other friends. While we were eating, we told each other stories from earlier times. Sadettin Acar told us the following story: “I come from a family of 11 from Mardin-Kızıltepe. We were doing very badly financially at that time. I was a student at a madrasa. During one night in Ramadan, when we were coming out of the mosque from Tarawih prayers, I saw an old man walking back and forth, looking around to the right and left as if he was looking for something. I grabbed his arm and said, “Uncle, you seem to be looking for something. Maybe I can be of some help to you”. Whereupon the man said, “I, need to make an urgent phone call”. So, I took him to a telephone booth and he got a handful of telephone coins and said, “I will need these”. Of course, I don’t know who he was talking to on the phone, but all I heard was this: “My daughter, our flight has been canceled. Therefore, do not wait for me today. They have organized a hotel for us and I will be back tomorrow on the first flight”. Afterwards, he invited me for a tea, while he inspected my clothes and shoes. We really lived in very poor circumstances at that time. Then, before leaving, he reached into his pocket and tried to give me money. For example, while I had 10 lira a month, he gave me 40 liras. Even though I tried to refuse the money, he held my hands very tightly and said, “My son, Allah has given me enough to live on. I have enough wealth. I am a wealthy man from Germany. Please take this money!” Then he wrote me his address in Germany on a piece of paper, with terms I did not know, and then I never saw him again. I later finished the madrasa and won the entrance exams to the university in Istanbul. My way to the university was one hour and the bus ticket was one lira. To save this money, I walked one hour every day instead of taking the bus. I also had a job in addition at that time, but my money was not enough to finish my studies. In my desperation, I suddenly found the piece of paper with the man’s address again. I wrote to the man and described my distress to him. He then sent me a sum of money with which I could finance my entire studies. When I received my diploma, I sent him a copy of it as a thank you and wrote to him that I was indebted to him for this. Later I became a columnist for a newspaper and always sent him my articles. But at some point, unfortunately, the contact with him broke off, so that I received no more answer from him. My late father had told us children, “Pray a lot for this man!” so this man is in all my prayers. May my Creator let him share in all my good deeds.” Bekir Develi says, “I told Sadettin that I can find this man from Germany if he tells me his name and the city he is from. Sadettin took out the note and I learned that this man lived in Braunschweig. Three days ago, I had a Ramadan program there, so I called the local mosque board of the Islamic faith community Milli Görüş and asked if they could find me the address of an Ahmet Balcı. They said, “We know Ahmet Balcı very well. However, he passed away three years ago”. I then asked about his family. They said that he had a daughter. When I was back in Turkey, I called there together with Sadettin. Her husband answered the phone and I told him, “I am calling you from Turkey to tell you a story. Can you please put the phone on loud so your wife can listen in?” and I passed the receiver to Sadettin. Sadettin tearfully talked about her father and how much he had helped him. His daughter also started crying and I could not hold back my tears either. And then the daughter said, “Do you know why I am crying? My father was a poor person. We lived in a very run-down house. I don’t know how he could send you all this money, but my father was poor man”. Bekir Develi continues, “The interpretation of the Quran verse. لَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا ٱلإِنسَانَ فِيۤ أَحْسَنِ تَقْوِيمٍ (“We have created man in the most beautiful form”) must be someone like Ahmet Balcı…” The illustration is by Maryam Siedelahl. Partager sur facebook Partager sur twitter Partager sur email Partager sur whatsapp [...]Read more...
Ramadan our generous visitor
Ramadan our generous visitorRamadan our generous visitor Every year an honorable guest comes to visit us. Every year we await his visit with the greatest longing. And this year too, Allah has honored us with the arrival of this noble visitor. It is the month of Ramadan, which also this year knocks on the doors of our daily lives on time, but never early enough to spend a few short days with us. And as befits a visitor, he too has brought his host gifts. And what a generous guest Ramadan is. And how thoughtful his gifts are! For among his gifts, we find what we desire from the bottom of our hearts. These gifts are the same every year and yet we can never have enough of them. These gifts we have to renew year after year, and no one can present them to us as beautifully and as pleasantly as Ramadan does. These gifts are also its benefits, because as long as Ramadan remains with us, so long we can also benefit from its gifts.   Only when we have recognized these gifts and understood their value can we honor this guest as he deserves, making this short visit the most beautiful event of the whole year.   Ramadan is made up of all-mercifulness and forgiveness. With this, its two most precious gifts are salvation from hellfire and the night of destiny.   In order for us to get the most out of Ramadan, Allah blesses us with opening the gates of Paradise, closing those of Hell, and chaining the Satan. All this so that we may be facilitated in our repentant return to our Creator. Thus, we find our hope in the forgiveness of Allah greater and the way to repentance paved, so that between us and the return to the All-merciful is only the lifting up of our hands. This gift of forgiveness is to be had every day of Ramadan, for Allah appoints for each night people whom He will save from the Hellfire. In order to be among those who have earned this highest of gifts, we must be among the people who fast and protect their fast. We must also belong to the group of people who do not leave the night unused and spend it praying and asking instead. Lastly, this is also the month when we must increase the number of our good deeds. The second gift is Lailat Al – Qadr, the night of destiny. Allah tells us that this night is better than a thousand months. So, it acts like a multiplier that can make a little, extremely much. If we are among those whose supplications and good deeds catch this night, we can really count ourselves among the winners, because then our supplications will be heard and the value of our deeds will be multiplied. However, this beautiful gift is a surprise gift. We must therefore make a special effort during the last ten nights of Ramadan so that we can count ourselves among the lucky ones, for it is Allah who allows us to catch this night and it is He who rewards us for our efforts. Unfortunately, these generous gifts remain with us only as long as our guest is with us. And like every year, the days that Ramadan spends with us will again be too short and over in the blink of an eye. The abundance, the blessings and the divine mercy also do not remain long after he is gone, like the fragrance of a beautiful perfume, a whiff of this beautiful time lingers in our memory, but it never even comes close to the true experience. So, let us duly experience and fill with life the Ramadan that Allah is making us experience one more time in these days. Partager sur facebook Partager sur twitter Partager sur email Partager sur whatsapp Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, he should honor his guest (Bukhari) [...]Read more...
What is Kurban or Kurbani?
What is Kurban or Kurbani?What is Kurban or Kurbani?   What is Kurban or Kurbani? Qurbanī, Qurban or uḍḥiyyah, as mentioned in Muslim tradition, is the ritual animal sacrifice of a livestock animal during Bayram/Eid al-Adha. In Islamic law, udhiyyah would refer to the sacrifice of a specific animal offered by a specific person on specific days to seek God’s benevolence and reward. “Qurban” comes from the Arabic “Qurba” which means “to approach.” The word qurban appears three times in the Quran: once in reference to animal sacrifice and twice in reference to sacrifice in the general sense of any action that can bring one closer to God. In contrast, dhabīḥah refers to normal Islamic slaughter outside the day of udhiyyah. A qurban is paid for each household. Islamic scholars differ on whether a qurban is an obligatory act or a desired act. Ibrahim’s sacrifice The practice of qurbani dates back to Ibrahim, who dreamed that God commanded him to sacrifice his son. Ibrahim agreed to obey God’s command and perform the sacrifice, but God intervened and informed him that his sacrifice had been accepted. Unlike the Bible, the Qur’an does not mention that an animal (ram) replaces the boy, but he is replaced by a “great sacrifice.” From this day every year, once a year, Muslims around the world slaughter an animal to commemorate Ibrahim’s sacrifice. Wisdom of the Sacrifice The philosophy behind udhiyyah is that it is a demonstration of submission to God, complete obedience to God’s will or command, and sacrificing everything for His good pleasure. Ibrahim demonstrated this spirit of submission and sacrifice in the best possible way. When confronted with the challenge of love and loyalty, he chose to submit unconditionally to God, suppressing personal desire and love for his family and child. Qurbani calls for the slaughter of one’s desires by putting the knife of courage and resistance on hatred, jealousy, pride, greed, hostility, love of the world and other such diseases of the heart. Ritual Sacrifice In Islam, the sacrifice of an animal is commanded from the morning of the 10th to sunset of the 13th of Dhu l-Hijjah, the 12th lunar month of the Islamic calendar. On these days, Muslims around the world offer qurbani. It is understood as a symbolic repetition of Ibrahim’s sacrifice in place of his son, a crucial concept in Judaism and Islam alike. Islamic preachers would use the occasion to comment on the fact that Islam is a religion of sacrifice, and use this occasion to remind Muslims of their duty to serve humanity with their time, effort and wealth. Partager sur facebook Partager sur twitter Partager sur email Partager sur whatsapp [...]Read more...
Lebanon Explosion
Lebanon ExplosionLebanon Explosion The sun sets today with so much sadness in our beloved Lebanon. An explosion that was felt to the far north and south of our country and beyond. We are all shocked by the massive explosions that occurred in the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020. The extent of the damage is devastating. The explosion sent shock waves across the city and caused great damage even in the outskirts of the capital. People screamed, ran and bled. Balconies were blown off buildings. Glass in high-rise buildings shattered and fell onto the street. Many apartments were completely destroyed. The destruction and ruins are enormous. Many people were seen lying injured on the ground, and hospitals, announcing that they are completely overloaded, immediately called for blood donations.   The death toll from the massive explosion had reached 135, there were about 5,000 injured and over 300,000 people have been left homeless. Many people are still missing to this day. People are asking for their relatives in the emergency room, and it is difficult to search at night because there is no electricity. We are facing a real disaster and need time to assess the extent of the damage.   People in Lebanon are being asked to stay indoors and close their windows. People on the streets are asked to wear masks due to reports of toxic gases.   People in Lebanon have suffered from a severe financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. The economic crisis is putting many people at risk. It has drowned many people below the poverty line. How much more can our country leave behind so that we can pass it on to our children?   Please join us in prayer for those who have died for those who have been injured, lost their homes or jobs, for those who have lost loved ones… It is extremely heartbreaking, a heartbreak the size of an entire country. From Beirut, your Swiss Barakah Team Partager sur facebook Partager sur twitter Partager sur email Partager sur whatsapp [...]Read more...
Tax declaration
Tax declarationTax declaration Many Swiss give away hundreds of francs every year in their tax returns. Some because they are unaware that up to 20% of their net income in donations can be deducted from their taxes, and others because they make crucial mistakes that result in the donation not being deductible in the end.   Which donation is deductible at all?   Deductibles are monetary donations and other assets that have been donated to a Swiss-based, tax-exempt, charitable organization, such as Swiss Barakah Charity. “Other assets” can be, for example, securities, trademark rights, real estate, vehicles or works of art. In the case of international organizations, the basic rule is that these organizations must have a branch in Switzerland in order for the donations to be deductible at these organizations. Non-profit status is expressed in the fact that the funds may only be used for expenses that benefit the public good or that are used for the benefit of third parties.   ATTENTION: In most cantons, such as Zurich, at least 100 CHF must have been donated in the year for it to be tax deductible! In Thurgau it should be at least 200 CHF and St. Gallen accepts the deduction only from 500 CHF. Some cantons waive the minimum limit. These include Baselland, Graubünden, Nidwalden and Valais.   Important – every donation must be documented! You have to ask your charity for a donation receipt.   Swiss Barakah Charity will automatically send you the donation receipt by the end of February at the latest, as long as you have provided us with your current and complete address information. We can certify all donations we receive up to and including 31.12. for this year. Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on whatsapp [...]Read more...
A life in a tent
A life in a tentA life in a tent How nice it is to be home! We’ve done all our winter preparations and are ready to cozy up at home, looking forward to getting away from the stress and hustle and bustle of the pre-Christmas season. The gray weather as well as the rain outside makes being together in the warm with family even cozier…. “Look at these cracks! – The tents are only 2 months old and already the wind is whistling through them,” -Mahmoud A. is indignant about the poor quality of the tents in his refugee camp near the Syrian border. “Now it is still summer, but in winter this is a disaster. Then the tent hardly offers any protection against wetness and cold!” He explains to the Swiss Barakah Charity team. “You see – the tents are built for a single family. However, due to the shortage, the tents have to be shared by 2 – 3 families!” He continues “With Allah it is necessary to seek help,” he says in conclusion, quoting the famous words “Allahu Musta’an” of the Prophet Jacob when he learned of the loss of his son Joseph at the hands of his brothers. Meanwhile, imagine how you might feel in such a tent: with other families in a medium-sized tent – 24/7, 365 days a year. You can’t take off your clothes because of the looks of the others and there is no other possibility to withdraw. The children have little to do and often quarrel, which can get on your nerves after a while, and you desperately want to be alone for a few hours. There are noises all the time and you never get to rest. Even at night there are almost always noises: a baby crying, someone going to the bathroom, a cough here, a snore there. The smell is certainly not pleasant either. Imagine a mixture of cooked herbs, sweaty clothes and other body odors…. One can understand the relief that a family’s own tent offers in such a situation. Simply being able to relax and take off some of your clothes and being confronted with far fewer disturbing factors. What a great asset one’s own four walls are – or at least one’s own tent. The SBC team recognizes the problem and starts working. After the paths in the camp have already been fortified against the impending wetness, the team begins to build more tents so that, if possible, each family has its own “place of retreat”. In addition, the broken tents are replaced by new tents. The new tents are much more stable and of better quality. The new tents are insulated on the inside and water and snow resistant on the outside. This still does not replace a cozy living room, but makes the winter a lot more bearable… In any case, the people in the refugee camp are extremely happy and make supplications for the donors who have made the new tents possible. For many it is already the ninth winter in a tent and thanks to your help in shaa Allah it will be the most bearable so far! So, the cold days can come, – at least for the inhabitants of this camp! You find this work valuable? You would like more people to receive this help?!- You can support us ! Partager sur facebook Partager sur twitter Partager sur email Partager sur whatsapp [...]Read more...

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