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Sacred Activism

Sacred Work is Amal Saleh, Wholesome Action. The term is found in the Divine Revelation to encourage engagement in wholesome action in the world

This page will reflect some of the thought seeds, inspirations, engagement in such Sacred Activities and how you can also engage yourself in the world, for real.


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Donation also contributes to Porshee Foundation to support the needy, orphans and less fortunate ones. >> Read Inauguration Report.


INSPIRATION for Wholesome, Excellent Action 

When his companions asked: O Messenger O Allah, what are the most excellent of actions?

The beloved of Allah replied:
To gladden the heart of human beings,
To feed the hungry,
To help the afflicted,
To lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and
To remove the sufferings of the injured.
- Sacred Tradition of Islam, Bukhari

This has been the inspiration and scope of work of Gladdening the Sacred Hearts Project for which we raised about few thousand dollars last years to help education of poor children and school that support them, to distribute winter clothing and helping the poorest of the poor. While raising the fund for the Phase II of Gladdening the Sacred Hearts (GSH) Project last April 2010, I was inspired to work towards a Foundation, so that the activities could be done in a more wholesome way, spreading the benefit even further.

Thanks to your prayers and blessings, the GSH Project has taken off. Thanks to some of the generous readers of this site, the fund we received has been utilize towards a host of activities. In order to better manage, we are in process of a creating a Foundation called "Porshee Foundation."

PORSHEE FOUNDATION

Porshee" (pronounced as \Pour-She\ is a Bangla word for Neighbor.

Visionaries of humanity have always emphasized on the very basic idea of caring for our neighbors. For a harmonious, organically connected and healthy society it is absolutely necessary that people who live in proximity care for each other and extend each others hand in need. Regardless of where people live in the world, if people care for those in the neighbors, in their immediate vicinity - the scale of human suffering could be reduced dramatically.

Even though as human race we have advanced unbelievably in terms of our material gain, scientific inventions and technological innovations – yet when it comes to caring for our fellow human being who live next to us, we are failing in an unprecedented manner. Fellow human beings like us who are lying in the dust, starving just in front of our door step, those who are suffering in sickness silently because of lack of means for treatment - it is them who are the most easy to extend our hands to help . No time in human history have we been so oblivious to human dignity at such close proximity. 

Its wonderful that we live in an age when thanks to technological innovations we can connect to anywhere in the world without delay, we can speak to anyone in real time, – yet at the same time we are growing more and more disconnected and less caring for those who are the most nearby, our own neighbor; specially those who are in need.

Caring for and reaching out to the neighbor, which is a simple idea, carry universal value and yet have great implication towards transforming communities in a positive way by removing the suffering and preserving human dignity. The Vision of Porshee Foundation is : Communities and Societies where every able neighbor cares for those in need in the surroundings - acting locally, empowered globally based on the universal value of ‘small kindness’ and ‘loving for others what one love for one’s self.’

For a brief of the activities so far of the Porshee Foundation (utilizing the funds from Phase II of GSH Project), please click the image below to download and read the [Inaugural Report].

Click on Image to Download PDF

For a better world, "small kindness" and "loving for others what one love oneself" - are two universal values the world need to return to and are sufficient to give back the dignity to ourselves as one human family.

Happy faces on the day of New School Dress at Second School (Akhaura, Bangladesh) in the community of blinds, most of these children comes from blind parents and background of economic hardship

Programs under the umbrella of Porshee Foundation include (not not restricted to) are Free Education for Children of economic hardship (including scholarships), Medical Treatment for ultra poor, Nano Credit (interest free loan to the nano-entrepreneurs) and Zero Credit (no return required investment).

Our modest class rooms and students, we keep our setup as simple and as organic as possible to best utilize our funds

Some of the beneficiaries of Nano Credit Program

Some of the beneficaries of Zero Credit Program

One of our activities have been to provide interest free loan to those who have been caught into serious debt, freeing them from the grip of the loan sharks by immediate payment of their previous high compound interest loans. At the same time we are providing them fresh fund so that they could invest in small income generating activities like buying products to resale. This is based on the Islamic ideal of Karz Hasana (means 'beautiful loan') which is given without interest to poor so that they could use the money to better their lives. This was a practice of the noble Prophet that he would give out money to poor to have sustainable income at the same time it will lift them from inhumane condition of depending on others / begging. We are very hopeful with this program, as we have seen the tremendous effect of how very small amount of investment (hence called Nano-Credit) can have super effect in the lives of those who live under absolute poverty.

Read the Report for brief case studies and example of our Programs.


WAYS TO ENGAGE IN SACRED ACTIVISM

You may directly contribute with financial donation:

Or you may contact me for helping out with other resources, your time and even ideas, experiences. Get in touch with me, mysticsaint@gmail.com

The Porshee work is co-ordinated by Ali Mahmed and he writes on the projects in his blog (in Bangla), Ali-Mahmed.com. Also some of the photos can be viewed at his flickr.

+ DW Radio Bangla Radio covered the Porshee Foundation schools.
+ Listen the program online in Bangla

Page last updated: 25th February, 2011

# Resources:
* Sacred Activism
* How to Be a Sacred Activist
* The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism
* Global Oneness Project

# Organizations of Interest:
* Goonj
* HarVa
* Utsho Bangladesh
* Small Kindness

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