With a Smile
I want to start this week’s newsletter by wishing all our DESS families Ramadan Kareem. رمضان كريم
As you probably know, Ramadan is the most important month for Muslims because it was the month in which the Holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). It is, of course, a significant month for Muslims but regardless of your religion, beliefs or cultures, there are numerous worthy messages of morality that we should all pause to consider.
Ramadan encourages generosity and charity and is a time for Muslims to practise self-discipline, sacrifice and empathy for those less fortunate.
Across the world, charity manifests as a multitude of gestures and is a very personal pursuit. When I asked around school about the different international charities supported by individual staff members I was impressed with the range: The RNLI, MS Society, Zac’s place, Kwale Eye Clinics, Dogs Trust, Animal Action UAE, Young Minds, Cornwall Air Ambulance and the Alzheimer’s Society to name but a few. The RAEY of HOPE Children’s Charity is a foundation very close to our hearts here at DESSC and this year our staff have collectively sponsored a full classroom of children for a year; well done DESSC!
Charitable endeavours, like the ones above, are given with great passion for the cause and are highly commendable. Despite this, I believe it is important to teach our children that charity as an act does not have to always be through an organisation and as one of The Prophet’s narrations states:
“From what do we give charity every day?” The Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) answered: “The doors of goodness are many…enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of one’s arms–all of these are charity prescribed for you.” He also said: “Your smile for your brother is charity.”
The charitable attitude in everything we do at DESS (with a smile) models kindness and compassion and we hope all our children learn how rewarding giving can be.
Our charitable focus for the month of Ramadan are the fridges at the back of school. We are very proud of all our children who contributed and look forward to seeing the fridges being well used over the coming weeks.
While we are all pausing to consider how charitable we are being, I would like to remind our parents to drive calmly and safely around school. The weather is warming up and patience can get frayed when the traffic is busy but I urge you all to remember that parking dangerously, beeping your horns and getting frustrated does nothing other than escalate the situation and endanger people. You may have noticed that even our SLT have been out and about in our fluorescent jackets. Thank you to Dubai Police who assisted us this week.
Well done to our staff stars of the week: Cameron Bosch, Katherine Murray, Steve Rycroft and our Site Staff.