Today • • 22 June

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The unseen hardships in a pandemic

With a worldwide pandemic disrupting our daily lives and making the most vulnerable of us susceptible to a deadly virus, many families are struggling. This is especially true for low-income families whose members already suffer from an existing medical condition. These are the stories of some of those families in Singapore.

What kinds of worship should be performed?

Some of the more specific actions mentioned in the Traditions of the Prophet are fasting and verbal Dhikr (remembrance) of Allah

While any good deed done for the sake of Allah according to the way He approves will be rewarded immensely during the first ten days, God willing, some of the more specific actions mentioned in the Traditions of the Prophet are fasting and verbal Dhikr (remembrance) of Allah.

Fasting

It is particularly encouraged to fast on the ninth day of Dzulhijjah, known in Arabic as Yawm al-Arafa. The Prophet used to fast on this day (al Nisai and Abu Dawud). Fasting on this day will expiate a Muslim’s sins for two years.

In such a condition, Ms Halinah is unable to support her four children (aged between 16 to 4 years-old), three of whom are in school. With home-based learning implemented by schools in Singapore, it is difficult for her to juggle between overseeing her children’s school work, meeting her family’s needs, and caring for her own health.

Ms Aerni and Ms Halinah were happy and grateful to receive support from donors of Global Ehsan Relief. They were the beneficiaries of GER’s Covid-19 Hardship Fund, targeting needy families in Singapore that are made up of widows, single parents, the disabled, and those who have lost their jobs.

Click here if you feel for their situation and would like to donate to this cause. You will help more families like theirs. In these times of difficulty and isolation, perhaps the voices of their suffering are drowned out by the voices of our own hardships. But it is during hardship that we should relieve the burden of others.