Alhamdulillah, praise be to Allah SWT who has blessed us with another Ramadhan, the month in which the Qur’an was sent down, a guidance for the people [2:185]. Prophet Muhammad SAW illustrated the beauty of Ramadhan as the month of blessing, in which Allah SWT covers us with blessings, for He sends down mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers [Tabarani].
The Islamic Outreach ABIM (IOA) Team wishes all our Muslim Brothers and Sisters a spiritually meaningful and invigorating month ahead as we observe Ramadhan and all that it represents. Fasting is among the most beautiful acts of self-sacrifice and self-renewal. As we enter this holy month we join with all the religious fraternities of the world in the search for peace and the universal brotherhood of mankind.
The month of Ramadhan, filled with limitless bounty from the Almighty Allah, is a special month in which the Quran- the last divine guidance for the humanity – was revealed. This month has a glorious night- al Qadar- which is better than a thousand months. It is a month for concentrated worship and charity. During the month the doors of heaven are opened and the doors of hell closed. The fasting of Ramadan gives Muslims an opportunity to feel empathy for other brothers and sisters.
IOA is a non-profit agency under the patronage of the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM). The wide variety of da’wah activities, events and community services we organize incur huge financial costs. These activities, programmes and da’wah materials in the first instance are assisting Muslims, young and old, male and female to come closer to Islam whilst enabling non Muslims to discover the belief and teachings of Islam. Without your financial support it would not be possible to maintain and indeed expand this noble work. Most of IOA’s initiatives fully depend on your charity.
By the grace of Allah SWT, IOA’s spectrum of intervention is expanding gradually in terms of geographic coverage and program beneficiaries. Every Ramadhan we beg special support from you as most of you pay Zakat during the holy month. A minimum increase in your support may be huge to us and ultimately to those we provide with services. Thus, we fervently request you to donate to us lavishly and also ask your friends and neighbors to contribute to IOA and join us as friends and supporters.
Let us not forget the poor and needy among us. With IOA there will be some 100 poor and needy members of our multi-racial society invited for an “iftar” event at the Baitul Aman Mosque, Jalan Damai, Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 21 August 2010. Kindly contact our office at 0342569822 if you wish to contribute towards this event or if you wish to join as a participant.
Wishing all a BLESSED Ramadhan!
Azril Mohd Amin