RAMADAAN [1431/2010] APPEAL
Dear Respected Friend and Co-concerned,
Assalaamu Alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakaatu
We Praise Allah (SWT) for having graced, honoured and blessed us again with the fortune of experiencing the holy month of Ramadaan. We also pray that Allah (SWT) must grant us the guidance to utilize this blessed month to gain maximum benefit from it – Insha-Allah.
We pray that this letter finds you in good health and spirit and that you are busy reaping the best of the bounty of Mercy, Forgiveness and Exemption that Ramadaan brings along with it. We make Dua that Allah shower His blessings on you, forgive you and set you free from the precincts of the Jahannam as Allah promises would happen to those observing fast solely for the sake of Allah.
The Centre was established on 8 December 1984 by a group of very despondent parents who had been seeking admission for their children within a learning environment. Together with some community members they launched the school with six children in the care of a teacher and an assistant teacher on 4 February 1985.
Currently three class groups are accommodated, viz. a nursery group, a junior group and a senior group; of 10 learners per class. A full-time office was established which alleviated the administration burden tremendously.
Alhamdulillaa, we thank Allah for having chosen us, you and me, to care for the education of the mentally challenged children in our community. In these children we can see the greatness of the blessings that Allah bestowed on us. These children are constant reminders to us, they are children of the Jannah and they represent some of the signs of Allah.
The Messenger (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) of Allah said, 'Charity reduces nothing from one's wealth.' He also said, 'Protect yourselves against Hell even if it be with a date.'
The acts of charity and benevolence toward the less fortunate, for the sake of Allah, are highly desired on all occasions, but more so during the blessed month of Ramadan. In the book of Al-Bukhari, Ibn 'Abbas (radhiyallahu anhu) related: "The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaiyhi assallam) is the most benevolent among the people. His benevolence increases markedly during the month of Ramadan when the angel Jibreel meets him every night of Ramadan, to rehearse with him the Qur'an. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaiyhi assallam) was more charitable with his good possessions than the moving winds that bring torrential rain."
Dear brother and sister, it is then with this great moment in time that we call upon you (each one of us) to remember the Centre. You have supported us for the past twenty five years and that is a sign of commitment and dedication. We have been spurred on to make more effort on the funding arrangements as we know that Allah helps those who strive to help themselves. In this spirit we are appealing to you to donate generously in this noble path to ensure that we can maintain this critical facility in the community.
Your contribution will forever multiply in goodness. (Sadaqa-tul-Jaariyah). Shukrun Jazeelan for all your past contributions. We pray and beseech Allah to take you and us under His protection in both this world and in the Hereafter.
Signed : J Benjamin