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It just hit me: orphan sponsorship is a serious spiritual practice. The aspirations of the spiritual path in Islam can be summarized in two goals. The first is being with the Prophet, may blessings and peace be upon him and his family. He is considered to be the best of creation, and mystics long to know him and be in his company. Obviously, walking this path involves saying salawat and other forms of devotion. But reflect on the meaning of this hadith: “‘I and the one who looks after an orphan will be like this in Paradise,’ showing his middle and index fingers and separating them.” (related in Sahih al-Bukhari) What more vivid illustration could the Messenger of Allah give us of the path leading to his companionship, may blessings and peace be upon him and his family!

The second goal is intimate experience of Allah directly. So reflect on this verse: “The one who gives from his wealth in order to purify himself, not giving for anyone who has done him a favor to be rewarded, but only seeking the countenance (wajh) of his Lord, Most High. He is going to be satisfied.” (92.18-21) The seeker wants to see the face (wajh) of God, and God is promising that the seeker will be satisfied. Orphan sponsorship involves giving to someone that the donor will probably never meet in this life, thus increasing the likelihood that one gives with a pure intention.

This is another reminder of the practical nature of Islamic spirituality, which flows from the balanced example of the Prophet Muhammad, may blessings and peace be upon him and his family. May Allah accept the orphan sponsorships of every Muslim in the United States, whether done through Helping Hand, Islamic Relief, Zakat Foundation, NuDay Syria, or any other institution which facilitates this act of worship, and may the facilitators be granted the same, and may the orphans all have long lives full of good deeds, ameen.

Organizations facilitating orphan sponsorships:

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My paternal grandfather was a male and my paternal grandmother was a female. They engaged in sexual intercourse, and through that Allah created my father.

My maternal grandfather was a male and my maternal grandmother was a female. They engaged in sexual intercourse, and through that Allah created my mother.

My father is a male and my mother is a female. They engaged in sexual intercourse, and through that Allah created me.

My wife’s dadajaan was a male, and my wife’s dadijaan was a female. They engaged in sexual intercourse, and through that Allah created my wife’s abba.

My wife’s nanajaan was a male, and my wife’s nanijaan was a female. They engaged in sexual intercourse, and through that Allah created my wife’s ammi.

My wife’s abba and was a male, and my wife’s ammi was a female. They engaged in sexual intercourse, and through that Allah created my wife.

I am a male and my wife is a female. We engaged in sexual intercourse, and through that Allah created my son.

My entire existence, and the existence of the most important people in my life, is entirely due to “gender and sexuality,” by the decree of Allah.

الله

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