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Learn the True Meaning of Eid-ul-Adha with HANDS
Learn the True Meaning of Eid-ul-Adha with HANDS

Muslims celebrate Eid twice in an Islamic year with the first Eid following right after the Holy month of Ramadan-Eid-ul-Fitr and the second one after the Hajj pilgrimage-Eid-ul-Adha. On the 10th day of the 12th month, the Zil-al-Hijjah of the Islamic lunar calendar is Eid-ul-Adha.

This Eid is a festival of meaty feasts, lots of cuisines involving meat from the sacrifice, family gatherings, BBQs and so much more.

History of Eid-ul-Adha
Eid-ul-Adha is also known as Eid-e-Qurban which means festival of Sacrifice that celebrates the biblical story of the Prophet Ibrahim’s testing by God. Eid-ul-Adha finds its origins in holy figures; the prophet Ibrahim, and his son.

In light of the accordance with the Quran, Allah commanded Ibrahim in his dream to sacrifice his firstborn son Ismail. Prophet Ibrahim, even though felt immense grief, complied with Allah’s command but Allah intervened at the very last moment by putting sheep in the place of Ismail, saving the son.

This is the very reason each year after the 9th of Zil-al-Hijjah; on the 10th Muslims commemorate the story through the sacrifice of goats, sheep, cows, or camels.

Commemoration of Eid Festivities
The festivities for Eid-ul-Adha start with Salat-e-Eid and Khutbah-eid prayers and special sermons followed by the sacrifice of the animal.
Once the animal/animals have been sacrificed, the meat obtained is distributed amongst the immediate family of the person who made the sacrifice, their extended family and friends, and mainly amongst the people in need.

The message behind the Sacrificial
The very base of this festival in Islam is to feel the hardships or sacrifice something precious in the ways of Allah. The festival also makes Muslims learn lessons of generosity and putting the needs of people above our own needs and wants.
While some Muslims sacrifice animals, some choose to donate the equivalent amount of money to charities for them to sacrifice on their behalf and distribute the meat amongst the ones who are in a position to not afford to sacrifice animals.

For those who opt to donate instead of conducting the sacrificial on their own, HANDS welcomes them with open hands, assuring that the sacrifice and distribution of meat would be carried out by strictly following Islamic law.

HANDS very well knows the families in need and their feeling of being left out and salutes people who feel the pain of these families. Hence, HANDS guarantees a justified and equal distribution of meat amongst the ones who actually need it.

HANDS also takes responsibility that each family will receive fresh and more than enough cuts of meat to cook a perfectly nutritious and festive meal so that no one feels left out on the auspiciously happy occasion of Eid-ul-Adha.

Come join us to reach those who feel the pain of being left out on Eid and fill their stomachs and hearts with happiness and joy, spreading smiles and gaining the true meaning of Eid-ul-Adha. Head to donate at https://hands.org.pk/ways-to-donate/.

Join HANDS to Offer Zakat al-Fitr
Join HANDS to Offer Zakat al-Fitr

Ramadan is the month when we are able to truly experience the spirit of giving and generosity. Exercising tolerance through fasting, it allows Muslims to empathize with those who are less fortunate than them. Offering Zakat helps them offer gratitude to Allah for His munificence by sharing their wealth.

 

Another deed that helps us come to the aid of the needy is paying Zakat al-Fitr of Fitrana during Ramadan especially before Eid prayers, so that our Muslim brethren who deserve may be able to celebrate Eid with their families.

The minimum amount due to be paid as Zakat-al-Fitr is the equivalent of about 2 kg of wheat flour, rice or other staple foodstuff, per member of the household, including dependents. This Ramadan join hands with HANDS to perform this worthy deed to buy and distribute food and make sure your Fitrana reaches those who truly need it. They prayers will surely open the doors to your wealth. Simply visit the HANDS website and calculate your Zakat through our Zakat calculator and pay with ease.

HANDS has gained the trust of philanthropists as one of the leading non-profit organizations in Pakistan striving to improve health, promote education, alleviate poverty, build infrastructure, and develop social institutions for community empowerment since the last four decades.

With a workforce of 10,000 and thousands of community based volunteers of more than 6,300 partner organizations, the umpteen hands of HANDS, help clasp the hands of those who need our support.

Become part of the HANDS team.

Charity and Islam Go Hand In Hand
Charity and Islam Go Hand In Hand

Amongst the fundamental teachings of Islam, charity stands at a very high place. In Quran, Allah informs His people that:

“You will never attain piety until you spend out of what you hold dear, and whatever you may spend on anything, Allah indeed knows it.”

(3:92)

Charity is related to the virtue of generosity and generosity is one virtue that needs absolute pure cultivation inside a person to remove greed and worldly desires. It is what one needs to truly connect and commit to humanity and that is exactly what Allah needs in His beings.

The sole message of Islam is to live selflessly and return to Allah in the most pious form of ourselves. The very basic of a righteous Muslim involves him/her being charitable and taking care of those in need of it whether it is financial, physical, or verbal. This is nowhere near possible without being charitable and clean from the inside out.

Zakat; being the third pillar of Islam is the pure depiction of cleansing our souls and being charitable meaning that in Islam, charity is the very concept of zakat. Another purpose of the entire concept of Zakat is to let the blessed share their blessing with the ones in need so the people aren’t divided instead the society is built upon equality.

Pakistan being a Muslim country is known to be one of the very giving countries around the world in terms of charities; Zakat in Pakistan is received in high numbers but what bothers people here is that the ones in dire need should receive their zakat donations hence this is where Hands organization assists the giving people of Pakistan.

Hands organization being a non-profit organization helps in the proper distribution of the Zakat donation in Pakistan. Following the path of Islam and providing that helping hand to the society has always been the main aim for Hands organization which is why every year the organization assists 18,00,000 patients for healthcare, 20,000 families to gain shelter, 1,50,000 students for education, 20,000 people towards self-employment and much more.

People from all over Pakistan and the overseas Pakistanis also contribute to the notion with their zakat donations. With a network of 35 branches across the country and easy online zakat donations method Hands organization involves loads of people in the good deeds and people deliberately join in.

You’re welcome to join hands with Hands organization for the good of the society with your generous zakat donations, all you have to do is visit https://hands.org.pk/ways-to-donate/, follow the method shown, and do your part.

What’s the Difference between Sadaqah and Zakat?
What’s the Difference between Sadaqah and Zakat?

Zakat is the third pillar of Islam’s five pillars of individually mandated devotion. The Muslim, or Islam believer, fulfils it by giving a specific amount in yearly amount (generally 2.5 percent) from his or her agreed terms of surplus riches to the eight types of persons whom God has designated in the Quran as either directly deserving or qualified beneficiaries of it contribution.
In Muslim usage, the term ‘Sadaqah’ has come to signify ‘voluntary charitable gifts,’ however Sadaqah signified Zakat at the time of the Quran’s revelation and the Prophet Muhammad’s delivery of its message, on him be peace. So, in God’s Divine Law, the Shari’ah, Sadaqah incorporates the concept of Zakat.
In this blog we’ll educate you with 10 key differences between Sadaqah and Zakat and also how you can donate Zakat in Pakistan. It is better to understand the true meaning and difference between these two.

What Distinguishes Zakat from Sadaqah?

⦁ Only once a year is Zakat required, whereas Sadaqah is never obligatory.

⦁ Zakat is paid on certain assets including gold, silver, currency, business assets, agricultural output, livestock, and treasure troves, whereas Sadaqah has no such asset restrictions.

⦁ In a Zakat calculation, some liabilities might be deducted, however in a Sadaqah calculation, liabilities are not subtracted.

⦁ The Islamic government collects and distributes Zakat, whereas Sadaqah is always a personal act of compassion.

⦁ Foregoing Zakat payments is a form of treason, although failing to pay Sadaqah is not a violation.

⦁ If a person owes Zakat, his heirs should be responsible for paying it out of his estate. In the case of Sadaqah, there is no such duty.

⦁ Every Muslim who passes the Nisab threshold must pay Zakat on a yearly basis. Sadaqah, on the other hand, is optional.
Show an Act of Kindness with Zakat Donation

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The Quran and Sunnah encourage us to give without fear, because the reward for generosity in the afterlife is limitless.
HANDS has evolved in 40 years as one of the largest Non-Profit Organizations in the country. To show an act of kindness you can donate Zakat in Pakistan to our organization by visiting our website at https://hands.org.pk/ways-to-donate/

Educate Pakistan, Elevate Pakistan
Educate Pakistan, Elevate Pakistan

The world has found success being dependent on acquiring education and the worth of that education. Talent and skills work when one is educated enough to use it in the correct manner. 

When we talk about Pakistan, we know that the country has always been in possession of a soil that is enriched with talent in immeasurable amount and has been able to produce masterminds such as Abdus Salam, Atta Ur Rahman, Arfa Abdul Karim and so many more. But these handfuls of educated resources are not enough to get Pakistan out of the deep waters of crisis. 

Allan Bloom correctly worded the importance of education deeming ‘Education to be the movement from darkness to light’.

Eradication of injustice and crisis and moving towards a better future with a just and stable society is only possible when the society on the whole has been educated. The discussions over education system in Pakistan have been depressing since the system ranks on low radar of quality. 

Looking at this situation with statistical evidence leads us to find Pakistan staggering at 56% in comparison of India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh as all these countries have surpassed the domain of education. 

The core reason for education in Pakistan to lag behind is how less funds and resources we have to work for the betterment of the system of education and the history of corruption and injustice don’t add in a positive manner to the cause.

All this doesn’t mean Pakistan will continue to lag behind in the educational domain but the journey towards favorable outcomes is longer than anticipated if the system and resources don’t up their game in the respective fields. 

The country to move towards brighter future and superior success results needs to get over the non-elite education system with equitable standards of filling classrooms, hiring teachers and recruiting system makers. 

While looking at solutions, there is no need to fully blame government officials over the matter. Yes they have their part as the upper hands of system making committee but we have ours as responsible citizens. Our role should be to push government towards better decision and system making situations where they have no leave but to put in quality resolves and sentences. 

With that being said along with the government, the citizens are also in power to collect funds and resources for a better system of education in Pakistan. The government needs to make their ways and for the citizens, it is convenient for them to join hands with organizations and education NGOs in Pakistan to aid the educational system.

HANDs, in this field, has been working endlessly to promote education in Pakistan and to bring forwarded those sorts of communities who are lacking behind in development through education. The awareness for education in Pakistan is main goal for HANDS and the activities of giving complete information in terms of social values, norms, literacy level, educational facilities enrollment of students, teacher’s capacity of teaching, learning environment, learning facilities etc follow behind.

Join this uplifting education NGO in Pakistan to continuously help education in Pakistan reach new levels of success with each passing day. Head to https://hands.org.pk/our-services/education-literacy/ to know about the contributions of HANDS in education of Pakistan and how you can out in your efforts to educate Pakistan so that it elevates Pakistan.

How Zakat Donation Eradicate Poverty from Pakistan
How Zakat Donation Eradicate Poverty from Pakistan

Poverty is a scourge for both individuals and communities. At whatever degree it exists, it represents a threat to mankind. Every society in the world has attempted to solve this problem. Islam has also offered a thorough strategy to ease this affliction. The current research looks at how some of these strategies might be used collectively and takes into account Pakistan’s Zakat donation system, which has been in place since 1980. This is based on the assumption that Zakat in Pakistan with other Islamic policies, has proven to be effective in rescuing the poor from poverty.

Poverty Has Planted Its Roots in Pakistan

Pakistan is still not completely economically strong because it’s still a developing country. One of the reasons for this downfall is that during the last 60 years, Pakistan has not shown any improvement in literacy rates. Other countries like U.S.A and Sri Lanka have shown massive improvements throughout the years because their literacy rate is extremely high and even the vegetable vendor is educated in their country. This results in less poverty in that country.
Poverty is one of the most serious problems that humanity faces. Poverty is defined as the inability to meet the bare minimum of living standards and having inadequate funds to purchase basic essentials of life such as food, clothes, housing, and education. It is not just determined by the country’s resource endowment, population size, and socioeconomic profile.

Importance of Zakat

Zakat is an essential system of Islamic doctrine, and it plays an active part in Muslim society’s spiritual and social life. Zakat donation in Pakistan is required on those whose wealth reaches or surpasses a particular amount known as the Nisab. Zakat, on the other hand, is a kind of worship for which one receives recompense from Allah. On the other side, failing to pay Zakat donation is a severe offence.

Benefits of Zakat

⦁ As Allah states in the Qur’an, it cleanses your money.
⦁ It’s a fantastic objective that aims to change the world.
⦁ Indication of a sincere community and a desire to get closer to Allah.
⦁ A symbol of brotherhood.

How Zakat Can Eradicate Poverty

In the form of Zakat donation, Islam recommends a legal part of rich people’s money for the impoverished sectors of society. As a result, income begins to flow from the wealthy to the poor. As a result, Zakat plays a critical role in wealth distribution and, eventually, poverty eradication. Professional individuals, such as tailors, iron smiths, launderers, butchers, and others, may be awarded monetary grants to purchase instruments of their trade, according to the jurists. A farmer may be given money from the Zakat budget to purchase a plot of land on which to plant crops. In this way, the Zakat system boosts people’s job prospects and aids in poverty alleviation.
In 41 years, HANDS has grown to become one of the country’s largest non-profit organizations. We have competence in catastrophe management and an integrated development strategy.
For further details about Zakat donation in Pakistan organization visit our website at https://hands.org.pk/

Primary Health Care System In Pakistan
Primary Health Care System In Pakistan

What would be your first point of contact in case of any health issue? It’s probably any general physician(GP), physiotherapist, pharmacist etc. These health professionals are always in charge of providing primary health care services to people. Primary health service is basically resolving the initial health related issues of a community to avoid any serious health emergency. The health care service providers work 24 hours a day for the well-being of people. The elementary aim of primary health care service providers is to educate people with basic health advice and to enlighten them with the importance of regular health checkups. The regularity in health checkups leads to the early diagnosis of any health issue which will be beneficial for avoiding chronic or lethal diseases.
Many people majorly in underdeveloped or rural areas are neither aware about primary health care nor they know about the basic measures of health management. It is either because of the unavailability of the basic health care services and the lack of knowledge about health care. Awareness about primary health care service is very crucial in order to lead a healthy life. Lack of awareness about sensitive health issues can lead to persistent diseases or can cause worse conditions. That is why early detection of diseases and awareness about basic preventive measures is necessary to avoid any incurable condition.
Now the question is how can you provide awareness and free health care services to the under-developed areas? For this we have a number of health NGOs in Pakistan. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are also considered as civil societies that are working tirelessly for the humanitarian cause. These NGOs are usually runned by a group of people who are benevolent and are working voluntarily with the aim of serving people. Such NGOs are usually non-profitable and are funded by donations, sales of goods, charities and volunteer work.
Just like other health organizations, there is HANDS (Hands And Nutritional Development Society) which is one of the largest health NGOs in Pakistan providing free health care services to the population. They have a history of about 40 years and have a network over 51 districts of Pakistan. Their main service is to deal with education problems, health emergencies, prevent disease by spreading awareness and to promote health by providing free health care services to the population.

RECENT CAMPAIGNS AND PROGRAMMES OF HANDS:

There are several ministrations of HANDS from which some of their free health care services are:

  • From December 2016 to September 2020, HANDS funded upto 2.7 million diagnosis tests and have provided many free of cost health services like major and minor surgeries, deliveries, immunization, ultrasound etc.
  • With the coordination of Marvi workers, HANDS is working in rural areas for eradicating malnutrition and improving nutrition of pregnant and lactating women and children.
  • HANDS established community midwifery schools one in Karachi rural and the other in Matiari district for proper midwifery training.
  • HANDS is reducing the gap between patient and doctor by providing doctor on-call service, so the lady doctors can readily address the major problems of patients.

These are just a few services of HANDS. There’s a complete list of their free health care services for the population of Pakistan. HANDS is endlessly working on its vision of resolving the major health and educational issues of Pakistan. It is one of the most successful health NGOs in Pakistan and also a health benefit for the country. HANDS with its 35 branches across the country is working together to eliminate the humanitarian evils. They are prioritizing the health care and educational system of Pakistan to completely eradicate the hurdles coming in the developmental way of health and education.

Website link: https://hands.org.pk/

 

Holding HANDS
Holding HANDS

People wonder why despite the problems which fester in Pakistan, the country is deemed a generous country by the Stanford Social Innovation Review when it comes to charitable giving. It contributes more than one percent of its Gross Domestic Product to charity and NGO’s are the backbone of such generosity. One such top health and educational NGO which has been playing its role in helping the deserving for the last four decades is HANDS.
HANDS started its journey of intervention from a public sector hospital in Karachi as Health and Nutrition Project in 1979 lead by the then Head of the Department of Pediatrics at AKUH, Prof. A. G. Billoo. The first PHC center was established at Memon Goth, Malir, Karachi, in 1980 and then this volunteer group moved to other villages.
In 1993 HANDS got itself formally registered under the Societies Registration Act of XXI of 1860 and the vision which guided the organization was “Healthy Educated & Prosperous Pakistan”. In 1995, HANDS made its advent into the education sector through Participatory Development Program (PDP) under the Social Action Program (SAP) of the Government of Pakistan. Since then there has been no looking back as far as its reach and impact is concerned.
Today it stands tall as one of the leading non-profit organizations in Pakistan striving towards improving health, promoting education, alleviating poverty, building infrastructure, and developing social institutions for community empowerment. Its 10,000 workforce and thousands of community-based volunteers of more than 6,300 partner organizations ensure that we touch as many lives as possible and contribute to a better Pakistan.
Help us realize our vision and mission by donating generously to the HANDS cause. Visit our website or get in touch with us and hold the hands of those who need your compassion.

HANDS extends hands towards the silently suffering
HANDS extends hands towards the silently suffering

Life is a precious gift and to value it is the most first and foremost way to show gratitude towards it. But with life come the ups and downs, the storms and the calms. Where the happy times make our heart content, the hard times test our strength and patience; some of us break through and some of us come under the weather.
Life has different struggles for every human and each one goes through one trouble or another, some are vocal about those and that makes it easier for them to get over each problem but some of us suffer silently. There are more people silently suffering and they suffer until they give up on life completely.
This giving up makes them take drastic steps towards suicide. Suicide has recently been very common problem amongst Pakistani society. Depression, societal pressure, personal problems and so much more can cause these suicidal thoughts to rise up. One of the causes can also be unemployment.
Pakistan is no stranger to unemployment especially while Covid19 situation has affected businesses to cut down on employee count. This whole being unemployed situation can create enough pressure and financial crisis for bread winners of the house to trigger their suicidal thoughts and urge them towards it.
Unemployment means no income to spend on family, food, health, and a lot of others things. All these things gather and increase pressure over the unemployed and this pressure pushes them towards suicidal thoughts, which is why HANDS foundation introduces their income generation program in Pakistan with free healthcare services.
This income generation program in Pakistan by HANDS foundation is an initiative that was taken in hopes to help all those suffering in silence looking for a helping hand. With this initiative, the HANDS team hopes to provide them a means of income generation that will definitely help in the stress and pressure reduction.
This initiative will also give them enough work to focus on so they drive far away from even thinking about suicide. The free healthcare services will also life a weight off their shoulders. HANDS Foundation has always been a helping hand in uplifting the Pakistani society and here is yet another contribution as they offer the income generation program in Pakistan. To get more information about HANDS and their free healthcare services visit
https://hands.org.pk/our-services/health/.

The Endless Efforts Of Top 10 NGOs Of Pakistan
The Endless Efforts Of Top 10 NGOs Of Pakistan

Pakistan has always been a country of open hearted people with the passion to help one another through thick and thin. This country is rich with philanthropic citizens who on their own start local campaigns and NGOs with the aim to work hard to aid the ones who need it the most. The NGOs in Pakistan have been providing needed services to the communities amongst the society.

These NGOs are simultaneously working day and night for the upliftment of the society as they put in time to understand where the help is necessary, where services are lagging behind and in what ways can they help fill in the gaps. The NGOs work with proper planning to handle the challenges of the society in a way that eliminates problems rather than increasing them.

Here is a list of the top 10 NGOs in Pakistan who have been putting in endless effort to assist the communities towards better lifestyle:

HANDS

HANDS stands for Health And Nutrition Development Society. It is included in the list of the leading non-profit organizations in Pakistan that works towards just one aim to aid the poor by helping them through health improvement, promotion of education, alleviation of poverty, building infrastructure, and development of social institutions. These tasks performed by the team of HANDS on daily basis add up to community empowerment.

HANDS started its journey in 1979 with public health services in Karachi as health and nutrition project under the enlightening guidance of the Sitara-e-Imtiaz holding Prof. A. G. Billoo. In 1993 the organization got registered with the vision of Healthy, Educated and Prosperous Pakistan. Now HANDS aims to develop 25,000 model communities across Pakistan by 2030.

Edhi Foundation

Edhi foundation has been a prominent name in the list of the biggest and oldest beneficiary foundation of Pakistan. Edhi foundation is rightfully worthy of such a position amongst the society for they work tirelessly as the non-commercial, non-political, and as non-communal entity.

The foundation of the Edhi Foundation was laid by the Late Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi with support of his wife Mrs. Bilquis Edhi. Effective on both national and international platforms, Edhi Foundation has been contributing towards the society for years and is still at it.

Saylani Welfare Trust

Since 1999 Saylani Welfare Trust has been a trusted foundation for serving the poor and the distressed people of the Pakistani society. Saylani Welfare trust has been appreciated for reaching out to people not only in urban areas but also in rural and remote areas and helping them out with food, shelter, health and education facilities and a few other things as well.

Chippa Welfare Association

Another one of the oldest welfare foundations of Pakistan, Chippa Welfare Association has been known for their selfless services towards society from the ambulance services to the women’s shelter home and home for old people.

Chippa Welfare Association works with noble mission of having sincere love and affection for humanity. They are known to have been serving the people without discrimination of any caste, creed, or color under all circumstances in every way they can.

Shahid Afridi Foundation

Founded by the very own ‘Boom Boom’ of Pakistani cricket Shahid Afridi; the Shahid Afridi Foundation speaks for the humanitarian purpose of itself. A non-profit organization registered in Pakistan as SAF (Shahid Afridi Foundation), which was coined with the purpose to improve the conditions of the most impoverished communities of our society.

SAF helps families in remote areas and communities meet their basic needs and provide access to better services in areas of Health, Education, and Water.

Sarim Burney Welfare Trust

This welfare trust was established by the social activist and entrepreneur Sarim Burney. The welfare trust is a non-profitable trust that works for the betterment of the oppressed and less privileged population.

The SBWTI fights against social problems that include poverty, injustice, conflict and disaster while standing firm for vulnerable people so they get their fair share of basic rights. Sarim Burney Welfare Trust is known amongst people for helping the underprivileged improve their living conditions.

Fatimid Foundation

For thousands of children suffering from Thalassemia, Hemophilia and other blood disorders in Pakistan; Fatimid Foundation is their hope. Fatimid Foundation was established in 1984 and has been providing medical care and diagnostic facilities that include transfusion of fully screened safe blood and blood products to thalassemia and hemophilia patients that too cost free.

Under the expert supervision of doctors and trained medical staff Fatimid Foundation’s main aim has always been and is providing high quality blood banking and hematological services to the deserving patients around Pakistan.

Aga Khan Foundation

Founded in 1967, Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-government organization working to improve the living standards of people living in villages and underprivileged areas. AKF aims to bring together human, financial and technical resources to overcome the challenges faced but poverty-ridden people.

For more than 45 years AKF alongside the sister organization AKDN has worked to get better community-driven solutions for the social problems.

Behbud Association

Behbud Association is working as a non-profit organization since 1970 in order to uplift and empower marginalized communities with low cost education services, health services and vocational training to generate income.

Run by a group of volunteering women, the aim is to empower the underprivileged women and children. The association works with objectives that include promoting healthy family traditions and improve living conditions.

Care Foundation

For over three decades, Care Foundation has been on the mission to ensure quality education for Pakistan’s underprivileged children for their own empowerment. The aim is to involve educators, policy makers, parents and students to work together for better education bases.

Care Foundation helps build concrete educational foundation to shape better future for children of all communities. Care Foundation is Pakistan’s most far-reaching educational non-profit organization.

In conclusion, these NGOs and all the other NGOs in Pakistan deserve a shout-out for working endlessly for the betterment and upliftment of the community. Their hard work and struggle to improve the social conditions of the country are acknowledged and appreciated. Pakistan stands proud of all of its contributions.