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MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE TODAY
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#Ramadan starts in appx. 5 days! To get ready, share your favorite Ramadan memory from years past in the comments section below :)
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WE LOVE CAKE and so do our volunteers :)

As witnesses to how hard our volunteers have been working to help us make a world of difference in the lives of people around the world... Our staff members pitched in and decided to WRAP-A-CAKE for each of them to say thanks!

Join us in saying THANK YOU to our volunteers, our family for being the champions they are!

A special thank you to Iman from specialty cakes (www.specialtycakesbyiman.com.au) for personalising each cake for us :) http://ow.ly/i/5WIEk
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#ALHUMDULILLAH for the 38,000 #orphans now being sponsored by Islamic Relief donors around the world in 24 different countries!

Providing care and support for orphans is especially important to the Islamic Relief community. Will you join us? Become an eternal parent today: http://goo.gl/LVUM9x
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IRAQ EMERGENCY

With around 100 deaths and half a million people fleeing their homes, fighting in #Ninewa, #Iraq has created a humanitarian emergency.

Islamic Relief is providing food, water and other essential items to hundreds of families in the Kurdish region, where people are fleeing in their thousands, as well as supporting those displaced by violence in Anbar, Iraq.

To find out more and donate to our relief effort in Iraq visit: http://goo.gl/X8sX2B http://ow.ly/i/5UX3v
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You can give your #Fidya and #Kaffara through @Islamic Relief Australia : http://goo.gl/Wr1Txt #RamadanPrep
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JEWEL, AGED 12, started work at a local dockyard with many other children in #Bangladesh to support his mother & three siblings.

Even for adults, the work was exhausting, dangerous and life-threatening. Jewel had been working there for one year when he fell from the ship he was helping to weld and broke his hand. His family’s poverty meant he did not receive essential medical care.

Within months of his accident, Jewel joined an Islamic Relief project called ‘Reducing Hazardous Child Labour in Keraniganj. His family now receives a small, regular stipend so that they can afford to get by without Jewel having to work.

“I would like to continue my education, through which I can get a respectable job and help my family to lead a decent life.”

Read More Here: http://goo.gl/APYjer
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How are you preparing for Ramadan?

IRUSA's Nabeelah Naeem compiled these fantastic tips 'Seven Ways to Prepare for Ramadan' to help us prepare - Thanks Nabeelah! : http://goo.gl/BawuPC

The Companions of the Prophet (pbuh) used to prepare for #Ramadan six months in advance. So, if we really want to make the best of this Ramadan, then we need to prepare for it now! As we know, #fasting is more than just abstaining from food but from indecent speech and lustful desires as well. Fasting pushes us to be cognizant of our actions, to be patient and to be moral individuals, thereby increasing our #taqwa (God-consciousness). Here are some ways we can improve on different aspects of our life so we can fully benefit from Ramadan, a time when deeds are multiplied.

1. Fast Voluntarily:
This month—Shabaan—is the prime time to start fasting those extra fasts or making up your missed fasts from last Ramadan.
Usamah ibn Zayd (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I said, ‘Oh Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting in any other month like you fast in #Shabaan.’ He said, ‘That is a month to which people do not pay attention, between #Rajab and Ramadan, and it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of the Worlds. I like for my deeds to be lifted up when I am fasting.’” (Narrated by al-Nasaai)

2. Recite and Reflect Upon the Qur’an:
Start now to reflect on portions of the Qur’an to get closer to Allah and understand your responsibilities. Every single time you read the Qur’an, you will uncover more depths of meaning and benefit in this world and the hereafter.

Aishah (ra) related that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Indeed the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly and precisely, will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. As for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have twice that reward.” (Muslim)

3. Follow the Sunnah and Pray Extra Prayers:
Learn more about the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and follow him by emulating his actions.

“Say, [Oh Muhammad], If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Qur’an 3:31)

4. Repent and Make Dua’a:
We all make mistakes, but alhamdulilah we can always repent.
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “All the children of Adam constantly err, but the best of those who constantly err are those who constantly repent.” (Tirmidhi)

5. Give Charity: http://goo.gl/Wr1Txt
This world can only be a better place if we help each other. In return, Allah rewards us in both worlds.

The Messenger (pbuh) said, “Allah is in the aid of His servant as long as His aide is in the assistances of others.” (Muslim)

6. Improve Your Character:
Everyone can be a little bit more kind and work on different aspects of their character.
The Prophet (pbuh) used to say: “The best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character.” (al-Bukhari)

7. Eat Healthy & Moderately:
With less time to eat in Ramadan, we really need to pay attention to what we eat. Now is the best time to research the nutritious value of the food we eat. While we fast, the food we eat before we start our fast or to break our fast needs to provide the optimal energy so we can accomplish our daily tasks and increase our worship.
Overeating too is hazardous.

In order to take full advantage of this holy month, we need to prepare ourselves spiritually, mentally and physically. Insha’Allah if we constantly try to improve ourselves, then when we reach Ramadan, we will be able to easily move to the next level spiritually.

#RamadanPrep
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Smile!

The spirit of kindness should continue everyday - after all, the Prophet (SAW) told us that "smiling at your brother is an act of charity" (Tirmidhi).

Also, it's the long weekend :)
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Weekend inspiration for anyone sitting at home bored over the long weekend!

We can't help you with the first four letters, but if you're looking for a way to be helpful, sign our Respond 4 Refugees petition http://goo.gl/sTH0sE or support our work by donating the amount of your favourite number: http://goo.gl/4LwvOF !

(source: http://ow.ly/xHjCp )
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KHALED IBRAHIM, AGED 12, was playing outside his home in Marat Al Numan with with his friends one afternoon, when he was shot by a sniper.

Khaled was rushed to hospital, and narrowly avoided a leg amputation. From his hospital bed, Khaled dreams of a life without fear for the children of #Syria for whom violence is an unrelenting nightmare.

“My wish is to walk again and play with my friends in our village. It’s been a week in the hospital bed, unable to walk, play, and go to the bathroom. I’m sick of the whole situation.”

Read more here: https://islamic-relief.com.au/syria-looking-after-khaled/
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