Wednesday, 15 February 2017
MADE is partnering with the Better Communities Business Network (BCBN) and Keep Britain Tidy to take part in the annual Sadaqa Day from the 24th to 26th March 2017. Over that weekend, MADE will support over 200 pupils from schools across the UK to give back to their local communities through small but positive actions, particularly promoting litter picking. This improves the young people’s teamwork and confidence, strengthens local communities and teaches people about the virtues of sadaqa. MADE will provide participating pupils from schools across the UK with #LitterHeroes t-shirts, litter picks and branded rubbish bags.
The concept of sadaqa in Islam does not just involve giving money, rather it has a much broader definition that encompasses helping ones family, helping the elderly, recycling clothes, hosting a dinner for one’s loved ones, contributing to positive community projects and even simply smiling! Indeed, the Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ) said: "Charity is obligatory everyday on every joint of a human being. If one helps a person to ride his animal (or vehicle) or by lifting his luggage on to it, all this will be regarded charity. A good word, and every step one takes to prayer, is regarded as charity; and guiding somebody on the road is regarded as charity." - Sahih al-Bukhari
MADE’s activity as part of Sadaqa Day is therefore a great opportunity to participate in a communal activity that is not only beneficial to the school community but also to the wider local community.
For all those taking part in Sadaqa Day, let us know about your actions by taking pictures during and after the event. Tweet photos and comments @MADE_NGO with the hashtag #LitterHeroes or send them to us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you’re not taking part, keep an eye out for the hashtag #LitterHeroes and help us celebrate the volunteers whose hard work, commitment and confidence is what will make this project a success!