Gambian philanthropist on Ramadan generosity to the needy

Monday, May 28, 2018

Astou Jeng, a Gambian-based in Senegal has begun her annual Ramadan humanitarian assistance to needy people and families in the country.

In the Islamic teaching, charity is the act of extending love and kindness to others unconditionally, which is a conscious act but the heart makes the decision without expecting a reward. When charity is carried out selflessly, it is a one-way in which a person gives but never asks for anything in return.

During an Iftarr at the Brikama district hospital on Tuesday, Mrs. Jeng said charity originates from the heart as felt by the giver and ultimately extending to others in the society. “I have been giving charity to my fellow Gambians since the last five years. I am always proud to help Gambians who are in need of it.”

According to her, charity begins with the inward recognition of a need to show compassion to others whether consciously or unconsciously, saying everyone has problems, troubles, and grief of some sort in life but charity starts with those who learn to downplay their own problems in order to extend compassion, kindness, and love to help others.

She called on Gambians to believe in themselves and keep helping one another, especially during the Holy month of Ramadan, which, she said Allah has tasked every Muslim to give more in the Holy month. “I keep helping Gambians in any Ramadan, starting from the beginning to the ending and I give support to the needy each day.”

She said a person’s greatest gift to community would be a contribution to making lives better; saying “when we touch lives by the dint of donations or charity, we are spreading light to the most needy and enlighten our souls in the process. We can’t shut our eyes and breathe a sigh of relief, pretending we are progressing when the official poverty rate is increasing.”

Author: Fatou Dem