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Rising to the Challenge: Responding to Floods
By Sara Mujahid
At my local masjid, for several evenings, a girl, about age 11 has brought
cupcakes for sale. She's donating all of the money to flood victims in
Pakistan. Giving and encouraging one another to give in the face of disasters
is the most appropriate response. Here are some suggestions for teachers
to help students get active.
- Review the news with students. Ask students what
they know and share with students an age-appropriate news story. Ask
older students to compile the news on a bulletin board located in a
central place. This could also be used to update students fundraising
- Review what the Quran and hadith teach us about giving. Sound
Vision has a selection of hadith and ayat at The
Quran and the Prophet about Money Matters. In addition,
you can review Surah Maun (Ch. 107) and Surah Fajr (Ch. 89) with students.
Both surahs contain direct reference to encouraging others to feed the
poor, and many students learn these surahs in early years.
- Set a goal. Either at the classroom level or the
school level, help students to come up with an appropriate donation
target. You may consider including an incentive for reaching the target
such as a treat, special presentation or a class party.
students get creative. Students will be a lot more invested
in fundraising projects they plan out themselves. If you need a jumping
off point Free the Children has 101
- In addition to school projects, encourage students to continue
their efforts at home and in their communities. See 12
tips for teens on how to help the poor and needy for more.
- Continue your efforts throughout the year. One reason
that donations to the floods in Pakistan have been fewer than those
for other disasters is the nature of the flood itself. It came on slowly
rather than as a catastrophe. The victims will continue to require help
in surviving and rebuilding for far months and years to come. Encourage
students to continue their donation drives by forming a club devoted
to the cause. Continue to highlight news from the effected area through
bulletin boards and guests speakers.
- Make Dua. Remind the school community to duaa for
children in need both individually and collectively after salat. Remind
everyone of the dua, “The supplication that gets the quickest
answer is the one made by one Muslim for another in his absence.”
(Reported by Abu Daw’ud and Tirmidhi)
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