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Thursday, May 20, 2010

IR USA Urges People to Give in Tough Economic Times

News reports continue to fluctuate on if this country's economic recession is on its way out or holding strong. Hearing this, I give thanks to Allah that my husband and I have jobs and can provide for our family. I know too many others who have lost their jobs, have trouble making home payments or have taken jobs away from their families, and they continue to face tough times.

Our natural tendency during times like these is to reflect on the mistakes we’ve made in the past (spending beyond our means, being frivolous, not planning for the future) and make a new plan for the future. For most people hit by this recession, that plan is to save and tighten belts, which makes Islamic Relief USA’s new campaign urging people to give more, not less, to a charity of their choice during this recession a perspective that's worth a closer look:

"Washington, D.C.-area relief organization said while cutting back on charitable giving is often seen as a logical first step in cost savings, increasing donations makes sense from both a spiritual and economical perspective.

"It's the best investment you can make," said Abed Ayoub, CEO of IR USA. "Our faith teaches us to spend our wealth in the way of God as it will not only enrich oneself spiritually but will also be returned to us multiple times over. In a recession, economists also call for increased public spending to stimulate economic growth," according to IR USA’s press release.

It makes perfect sense: Islam, and in fact all Abrahamic faiths, teaches us to help the less fortunate, give to charity, and give to please God. Such giving will reap us wonderful rewards inshallah in this life and in the hereafter. So please dig deep and donate to Islamic Relief USA, or the charity of your choice. To learn more, click here.

--Dilshad D. Ali
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