It has been tough seeing images and videos of the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine all over social media. Palestinian health officials say 228 people have been killed by airstrikes to date.
"Gaza has seen tragic injuries, loss of human lives and extensive destruction of physical infrastructure. Already-high levels of psycho-social stress, especially among children, have been further exacerbated," said local charity Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF).
The spread of the Covid-19 virus has also worsened existing vulnerabilities in communities there.
Allah s.w.t. says in the Qur’an,
أَمَّنْ يُجِيْبُ الْمُضْطَرَّ إِذَا دَعَاهُ وَيَكْشِفُ السُّوْءَ
“Is it not He Who responds to the distressed one, when he calls on Him, and Who removes the evil.”
(Surah An-Naml, 27:62)
The Office of the Mufti has prepared Doa Qunut Nazilah for the safety and peace of the people of Palestine. Here is part of the Qunut Nazilah:
Let us include them in our prayers, in hopes that Allah s.w.t. grants them relief, peace and security.
Alhamdulillah, RLAF, a charity foundation set up by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) in 2005, will be launching an online fundraiser on Saturday (May 22) to help Palestinians in Gaza.
RLAF is collaborating with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to raise funds for health, relief and social services for the communities affected by the ongoing human rights violations by Israel.
"To date, 1.9 million Palestinian people living in Gaza - of which more than 70 per cent are registered Palestinian refugees - are in urgent need of UNRWA emergency humanitarian assistance," said RLAF.
Do make your online donations on the following platforms from Saturday (May 22):
a. PayNow - key in RLAF's UEN: 200910530ZCHQ and indicate "Gaza" under remarks
b. Giving.SG website (The link will only go live on 22 May 2021, 0000 hrs GMT +8)
d. Interbank transfer via RLAF (Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation) - transfer to OCBC current account number: 601313315001
e. Issue cheque payable to "RLAF". State on the back of the cheque: the donor's name, contact number and indicate "Gaza". Mail your cheque to RLAF (Masjid Yusof Ishak, 10 Woodlands Drive 17, Singapore 737740) or to Muis (273 Braddell Road, Singapore 579702)
Every dollar counts. The collection will end on May 30 so do share this information with as many people as you can.