Bismillahir Rahmānir Raheem.
Allahummabārik: may Allah bless my writing (and climbing) endeavours, as well as you, the reader. Āmeen.
Insha Allah — God-Willing — on the 14th August I am going to be partaking in a sponsored hike with the charity Human Aid, with the aim of raising money to put solar-powered wells in place, in Yemen.
This is, Insha Allah, going to be my first mountain climbed. [I mean, I’ve climbed up hills before, and I’m pretty sure I also bragged to the good people at primary school that I’d ‘climbed mountains’…]. And, in general, I’m not really (currently) someone who partakes in that much strenuous exercise (however, I will be training for this hike, Insha Allah, since without prior training, I would probably collapse after about twenty minutes of climbing).
Water wells in Yemen: a long-term investment. Water, as we know, is integral to our living. This counts as Sadaqah Jaariyah (a continuous charity).
“If anyone saves one life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.” — Qur’an, (5:32)
“Sadaqah does not decrease wealth.” — Muhammad (SAW) [Hadith (Muslim)]
“When a son of Ādam dies, his deeds come to an end except for three: Sadaqah Jariyah (a continuous charity), or knowledge from which benefit is gained, or a righteous child who prays for him’.” — Muhammad (SAW) [Hadith (Muslim)]
I very much love mountains, Masha Allah, and I think we have a lot to learn from them. And from the general process — those heavily-used metaphors — of climbing them, the journey, and the togetherness of what it means to be Muslim. The views from the top (Jannah, Insha Allah. I hope to see you — and indeed myself — there. We should have a heavenly lunch together sometime). Mountains are also referred to, by Allah, in the Qur’an, a number of times. [This has been a random tangent. Thank you for your cooperation; it is mountainously appreciated].
Jazak Allah Khayr, thank you so much for your support… and please don’t forget to share online and/or send my fundraising page (linked below) to any friends you think might be interested in donating.
With Salaam, Sadia, 2021.