I was very pleased today to read over at Saudiwoman’s blog, the Current Saudi atmosphere concerning the Palestinians in Gaza. She mentioned that the mood among the Saudis is that they feel helpless and frustrated. Some of the actions being taken are:

1.The hospitals have been discharging people to accommodate the wounded from Gaza.

2.There has been such an out-pour of Saudis donating blood that the Health Minister had to issue a statement saying that the Palestinians need supplies not blood.

3. The people heard this request and as a result the charity has been pouring in from common everyday Saudis. The Government organized a telethon and at her last count they reported collecting over eleven million dollars mostly from average Saudis to send to Gaza.

4. Last but certainly not least, the women, who mostly do not work outside of the house did not take this lying down.

One of the stories that they showed tonight was that of a lady who brought her welfare check to give to the cause. Another brought her whole jewelry box and told them this is all I have and I want to give it to the Palestinians suffering in Gaza. On TV there were a number of glass boxes with signs stating 10 riyal notes, 50 riyal notes, …etc. And Saudis would walk by putting their money in the appropriate box with several throwing notes into the 500 riyals box.

After reading that I could not help but be reminded of the Sahaabiyat (female companions of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and may Allah be pleased with them).

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, specifically encouraged the women to spend in the way of Allah. He said, “O women, give charity even from your jewellery.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari]

The female companions of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, took his advice to heart. Umm Sinan al-Aslamiyah said that during the preparation for the Battle of Tabuk, she saw a cloak laid in front of the Prophet (pbuh) on the floor of `Aisha’s (may Allah be pleased with her) house. She said, “… it contained jewellery, bracelets, ear-rings and rings. [Muslim] women had donated these items that filled the cloak to help Muslims in preparation of the battle.”
[Al-Isabah fi Tamyeez as-Sahabah, by Ibn Hajar, vol.4, p.350]

Even poverty did not deter them from giving. `Urwa (radhiallahu `anhu) said regarding `Aisha (radhiallahu `anha): “I witnessed `Aisha give away 70 thousand but she would mend her garments.”

These women took advantage of this opportunity to perform good deeds and they followed the examples of our pious predecessors..