For the Charity Week Team, the year began all the way back in February, starting with planning, followed by recruiting, training and eventually Charity Week itself. The year then is completed with Annual Dinners.
But why? After a year of work, people have been united on campuses around the globe, money has been raised to support orphans and needy children(!), surely this is the time to rest?
But no, we see this extra push by facilitating Annual Dinners. Have you ever asked yourself, why?
The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “He who does not thank people, does not thank Allah”(Ahmad, Tirmidhi).
Whatever achievement we have got to, we need to thank Allah and the people who put the work in too! We can take an important lesson here, that such an event is a materialisation of the hadith of the Prophet PBUH.
Beyond this, the dinners themselves have taken months of work to organise. Again, we know that Allah has guided us in the Quran to do better.
“When you greet someone, respond with something better”(Quran 4:86).
The volunteers at Institutions have truly put in an effort that no one but Allah knows, so when we are to thank everyone, we will ensure the effort we put into it, is our best!
So, when you attend an Annual Dinner, don’t think that it’s just an additional event to attend or a tick box exercise. It is an opportunity for us to implement the Sunnah of our Prophet PBUH and thank all those that have made CW2019 possible.
We pray that in doing so we are being grateful, and Allah tells us, “if ye are grateful, I will add more (favours) unto you…” (14:7). And that Charity Week 2020 will be even better Insha’Allah!