In January 2018 we will be carrying out a very special Umrah for Orphans – Al-Quds to Makkah, when we will take Palestinian orphans from Jerusalem on Umrah.
It is the latest stage in our Umrah for Orphans programme which started in 2015 and has since seen more than 1,000 Palestinian orphans and disabled children experiencing the journey of their young lives.
Al-Quds is the Arabic name for the city of Jerusalem and it has special significance in the hearts of Muslims everywhere. The Al Aqsa Masjid was the first Qibla (the direction faced for prayers) for Muslims and it was from there that the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) ascended to the heavens.
Orphans also have a special place in Islam. The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) was an orphan and he placed special emphasis on caring for orphans. He said “The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in Paradise like this,” and he held his two fingers together to illustrate.”
As well as the orphans from Jerusalem, we are also taking Palestinian orphans and disabled children from Jordan on Umrah. Each trip is part of the psycho-social support we provide in our global orphans sponsorship programme. Each Umrah for Orphans journey has proved to be an exhilarating experiencing for the children as they have witnessed the majesty of Haram Shareef, performed Tawaf around the Ka’aba and travelled to Madinah to pray in Masjidun Nabi, the mosque of our blessed Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).
Each part of Umrah for Orphans has only been possible thanks to the tremendous support of our donors. Please continue that support and make the Al-Quds to Makkah journey the life-changing experience that it promises to be for these Palestinian orphans. Islamic Help will be regularly updating our website and social media with the orphans’ journey as part of the 2018 programme. You can follow their progress here or on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.