“We are doing this for Allah”: Charity in Queretaro, Mexico

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Amen Aqeel Haider, Mexico Correspondent

Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Mexico had the opportunity to serve less privileged citizens of Queretaro, Mexico. The onset of December brought cold winds and temperatures dropping as low as 6 degrees Celcius. Therefore, many people on the streets who live off of what they make during the day are constantly struggling as they start the day on an empty stomach in the chilly morning.

Allah the Almighty says in the Holy Quran, “They ask thee what they shall spend. Say: ‘Whatever of good and abundant wealth you spend should be for parents and near relatives and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer. And whatever good you do, surely Allah knows it well.’ “ (Surah al-Baqarah, Ch.2: V.216)

Therefore, on the morning of Sunday, 6 December, Lajna and Khuddam gathered at the Mission House in Querétaro at 7am and we set out to fulfill the commandment of our Lord. Everyone who came to serve brought along something to give; bread, cake, coffee, utensils to serve with, warm clothing, shoes and a lot of enthusiasm.

We set out for the streets at 8am and on our walk, we found men, women and children, who were either homeless, city workers who clean the streets day and night, families travelling from far off villages looking to sell their artisans, young and old men looking for a day job, old ladies set out in the corners selling handcraft ed items and many more.

The reality of life in Mexico is that even though, for that one Sunday morning, by the grace of Allah, these people were given a bite to eat and something hot to drink, but the majority of their mornings start off on an empty stomach.

As we were distributing these items, many passers-by observed and appreciated what we were doing. May Allah continue this chain of service. Insha-Allah With this initiative, not only were the rights of the needy fulfilled, but it was a great source of tabligh as well. Many asked where we came from and why we were doing this. The response was simple; “We are from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and we are doing this for the pleasure of God Almighty.”

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