Love and Charity to Begin 2011

January 2, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

“A giver of maintenance to the widows and the poor is like a giver in the way of God, an utterer of prayers all night, and fasting during the day.” – a saying of the Prophet (SAW), from Bukhari.

There is truly no better way to begin the New Year than with an act of love. And God blesses no act greater than the loving-kindness of charity to those in dire need, the sick, the widow, and the orphan.

I have written before about my friend Dr. Maithri Goonetilleke, and his work in Swaziland among HIV/AIDS patients. Swaziland is a country of widows, a land of orphans. Through the foundation he started, Possible Dreams International, his team helps many people not only receive drugs and treatment for AIDS and all manner of ailments, but also funds basic education, provides clean drinking water and builds houses for the sick and poor.

They are our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, our sons and daughters.

Here is one of their works, from a post about Gogo (grandmother) on Maithri’s Soaring Impulse blog:

“Gogo Ida Gama turns seventy this year. Her house, made of mud, is falling down.
When it rains or the withering southern wind begins to blow, the wall above her bed, shifts and crumbles. She can barely walk. She has no food. She is always cold.

In her lifetime, Gogo has seen more than her share of suffering. All but one of her children have died before her, as a consequence of HIV/AIDS. Her only remaining daughter is also HIV positive and has just given birth to a newborn to go with her other little 3 year old piece of heaven named ‘Nothando’ – which means ‘Love.’”

Read the rest of her story here.  And then go to the Possible Dreams International website and click the Donate button.

PDI is urgently trying to raise money to buy a truck, so they can continue to visit the rural communities they visit 365 days a year.

Give what you can!  Any amount would provide the blessing of what we take for granted every day, the basic necessities of food and clean water.

With love and blessings for a wonderful New Year, from Maithri, and from me.

Ya Haqq!

Possible Dreams and a Soaring Impulse!

May 20, 2010

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

My friend Dr. Maithri Goonileke of the beautiful Soaring Impulse blog, is a medical doctor that spends part of each year caring for the AIDS orphans in Swaziland.  I consider him a humanitarian and a hero, and when he sent his friends this note on Facebook, I wanted to share it with all the readers of this blog. He wrote:

“Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking to a group of young Muslim children about the AIDS orphans of Swaziland and making a difference.

“Since we launched Possible Dreams International in September of last year, we have raised 40 thousand dollars, started 100 malnourished orphan children on monthly food supplementation, built 5 houses for orphan families, provided hundreds and hundreds who are starving or living with AIDS with urgent medical attention, food/social assistance and basic needs…

“I have been astounded by the compassionate response of people all around the world…. and I am readying now to return to Africa in a couple of weeks…

“Yet still every day there is a new heartbreak, a new child on the brink, or a patient whom I hear is sleeping in the rain or cannot afford his medical or school fees…

“So I am constantly trying to find ways of spreading word of our work…

“I am asking friends of mine to consider suggesting our organization to those on their friend list…

“On our Facebook page: there is a link on the sidebar of the page called ‘suggest to friends’ …it allows you to send an invitation to as many friends as you would like to join our group…”

Also, you can go to the Possible Dreams International website and read of his work, and if you scroll all the way down you will find a donate button through Paypal.  Please help as you can. It doesn’t matter how much you give. Every dollar can save a life in Swaziland.

“He who takes care of an orphan, whether he is his relative or a stranger, will be in Jannah (paradise) with me… – a hadith of the Prophet (pbuh), reported by Abu Hurairah.

Ya Haqq!