THEY WILL ASK thee as to what they should spend on others. Say: "Whatever of your wealth you spend shall [first] be for your parents, and for the near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer; and whatever good you do, verily, God has full knowledge thereof." - Al-Baqarah (2:215)

Monday, 17 September 2007

I'd better get started...

It’s the 5th day of Ramadhan. I haven’t started my house visits yet. Contributions are already coming in. In fact a blog reader has sent some stuff in boxes ready to be sent to 3 families – Fuzi’s, Yah’s and Mrs. K’s. Their blog names were already written on the boxes. I had to cancel all the names and put down their real names. I don’t want them to get curious as to whose names were written on the boxes…

I have also received some cash to buy goodies for these families including other families not mentioned above. I haven’t bought the goodies yet… still trying to come up with a proper list of things to buy.

I don’t want to send the stuff too early. I want the children to feel the raya atmosphere. But if I wait till later I may not have enough time to visit all the families that need help. So, I’ve made up my mind… by this weekend I’ve got to start visiting and send the Raya goodies to the families.

Supply of milk powder for Fuzi’s baby I think is probably running low now. So I’d better visit them first. I’m sure her other kids are already expecting me to come anytime soon.

Mr. K is still in the hospital. Last week Mrs. K called me. “Kak, tadi doktor datang… dia kata nak ambik abang punya air tulang belakang. Tak apa ke kak? Saya serba salah laa… ada makcik sebelah ni kata kalau boleh, jangan, takut lumpuh. Macam mana ni kak?” Hmmm… she’s asking ME to advise her? I told her the doctor should know better than I do…

Anyway, this only means the children are still by themselves at home - which makes me wonder what they eat for sahur and buka puasa. When I visit them I’d better make sure I buy something for their buka puasa as well.

My main problem is to send stuff to Yah’s house. That will definitely need to be done on a weekend or a public holiday as her place is quite far. I need to go in the morning so that I won’t come home too late. I don’t like the idea of rushing home for buka puasa and I’m not the type to buka puasa outside. So yep, definitely need to put aside a Saturday or Sunday for that purpose!

There shouldn’t be any problem sending stuff to Zainab’s house. Her house is nearby my office so I can go during any of the weekdays. Will also need to send stuff to Shida and Rashid’s wife… and Nuri and Ani… and Aini, and oh, not forgetting, Lily’s children.

WHOA! I can’t postpone this any longer. I have to start soon!

You know what this means?

It means tomorrow I’d better start SHOPPING!!

16 comments:

Hi&Lo said...

Pi Bani,

You are doing very well to spread Ramadan cheers among the otherwise forgotten.

Selamat menyambut bulan Ramadan al-Mubarak.

U.Lee said...

Hello Pi Bani, ahhh, you have been melepakking, huh? I just learned this word.
Just to wish you a good ramadhan, Pi Bani. You 're a good woman.
Best regards, Lee.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

hats off to u, kak Pi! keep it up.

Pi Bani said...

Hi&lo,
Let the corporate sectors contribute to the various orphanages, old folks home or whatever shelter homes. I'm happy enough to be able to help (with contributions from the general public, of course) the few individual families I'm able to help. You're right, they are usually forgotten in the "Ramadhan Charity Spree".

Thanks for dropping by and thanks too for the Ramadhan wishes.

Pi Bani said...

U.Lee,
Ahah, new manglish word you learned from K.Ruby, is it? :)

Thanks Lee, I'm trying to be a good woman... You be good to Mrs Lee, ok? ;)

Pi Bani said...

Kerp,
What kind of hat do you wear? Heheh, sorry... just kidding. Jom, nak ikut gi shopping?

PEARLY said...

salama ramadhan chegu xx
you take it easy , u such a kind lady .always think about those family
may god bless you always xxxxxx

Pi Bani said...

Pearly,
Ya... I think of those families because I've been to their homes and seen how they live. I wouldn't be able to sleep well if I don't do something for them...

You keep well, Pearly... take care!

J.T. said...

Nothing gets me excited as the thought of shopping. And I am talking about shopping for necessities, not the frivilous kind (that seldom happens to me! hehe)

Wish I was living near you. I will volunteer to shop with you. :D

I agree with Hi&Lo. You are doing a good job spreading cheer among those who are usually forgotten. Keep it up, Pi. God bless you.

Pi Bani said...

JT,
Yeah, it will be great if you can shop with me... we can push a trolley each instead of having people look at me as though I have a busload of kids of my own... :)

The Pisces Man said...

I am SOOOO proud of you woman..! :-0. You are not a candle... you burn a candle and while lighting up your own surroundings, you bring the candle around so that others, especially those who need the light the most, can also feel the warmth of your candle and of your heart.

Ok, enough with philosophical.. Kang pening lalat plak you kang!

Anyway, just to wish, may Allah grant you the way and ease your business in helping others, Wassalam...

The Pisces Man said...

Oh, just so u know, u've earned a place in my blog where people can link to your blog from...

No worries, don't feel obliged to do the same lah, ok... tq.

Pi Bani said...

Pisces Man,
Janganlah bagi I pening lalat, nanti tak larat lak nak gi shopping... :)

And thanks for the link!

tony -stand-up philosopher said...

Hi PI,
Haven't been commenting here for awhile. I was away in Thailand when the holy month of Ramadan satarted. So here's wishing you and your family a Selamat Berpuasa.

Pi Bani said...

Hi Tony,
Thank you for your kind thoughts.

winniethepooh said...

happy shopping Pibani and I'm sure all those who received donations from the public and those kind souls are always grateful to u too (for taking time, effort, energy) taking care of them.

Bless u and take care!