Help Khalid Ali Family

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

On the evening of Monday March 31st a Somali family in Ottawa, Ontario lost their home in a fire. There were 7 children in the family, and as the mother tried to round them up to escape, the youngest became confused and ran in the opposite direction. He did not make it out of the fire, he was 2 and a half years old (named Khalid). The father was at work, checked in on his family half an hour before the fire, and came home to find his house burned to the ground.

It was an electrical fire and was not caused by any mistake on the family’s part. Everything in the house was lost!

For more information on how you can help, please visit the Khalid Ali Fund.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Insha’Allah I would like some of us in America to get together some donations of clothing for this family. I know that there are many of you out there who can help but due to income can’t afford shipping. If you are someone who can help pay for the shipping of someone in America who can’t afford to ship their items, please email me. And if you are someone reading this blog that would like to help out with clothing or other necessity items but need assistance with shipping, please email me. My email address (almost forgot) is ummlayth [at] gmail [dot] com. I can get you together with the appropriate person so that more of us are able to help insha’Allah.

May Allah bring ease and patience to this family, and may He reward them for every tear that is shed.

Update: Their community has given them all their clothing needs. Insha’Allah those who can help can continue helping in other ways. Keep praying for them.

Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Poor, Think Glocally

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

If every single one of us thought globally and acted locally would there remain any needy person in this world? Imagine if we all took charge and fed our neighbors, the Muslims and non-Muslims at the shelters, and on the streets.

An Afghan child sleeps as his mother begs for alms in Herat, Afghanistan. During the holy month of Ramadan Muslims consider the giving of alms mandatory.
Source: Moscow-Pullman Daily News – Sep 19, 2007, page 8a

Imagine if we took the time to help alleviate some of the pressure some people face because of being underpaid, not having good stable jobs, not having a reliable car. The world would be a much better place.

Kashmiri orphans receive food before Iftar, the meal Muslims eat to break their dawn-to-dusk fast during Ramadan, at the Jammu Kashmir Yateem Khana in Srinagar, India

What if we were that person who could not afford any food or water?

Somali children rummage through garbage to look for food in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, Sept. 17, 2007. Somalia is facing skyrocketing food prices during the holy month of Ramadan, the latest blow in a country struggling with a deadly insurgency, residents said Monday. Staple foods such as rice, spaghetti and cooking oil have nearly doubled in price, and many blame the lack of security combined with the monsoon season, which makes it perilous for ships carrying food to arrive in port.

What if our children had to depend on donations?

Poor residents seen receiving food during the fasting month of Ramadan at the Sunni mosque of Abdul Qadir al-Gailani in Baghdad

And what if at the moment that our families and neighbors were needy of food, you saw this?

Have we failed?

Chefs put finishing touches to a chocolate model of the Grand Mosque in a luxury hotel in Jakarta September 16, 2007. The chocolate sculpture, measuring 2.5 metres by 5 metres, was made from 150 kg of chocolate. The model will be displayed in the lobby of the Grand Melia Hotel during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Alhamdulillah for the many blessings we already have. Alhamdulillah for having a stable home, food on the table, and clean clothes to wear.

A Palestinian refugee, who fled Nahr al-Bared camp during fierce fighting between the Lebanese army and Islamic militants, prepares food for the iftar, or breakfast meal, which breaks their Ramadan fast, at a school where she and others have taken refuge in the nearby Beddawi camp in north Lebanon

But what if this was our son or little brother, our spouse or our mother?

An Afghan woman with her son wearing leg supports begs for alms at a roadside in Kabul, Afghanistan

Enough is enough, right? Go to your local Masjid, donate some money and volunteer some of your time. Also, donate essentials (or anything else that someone could use). Here is a small list of needed food/necessity items.

1. Bags of Rice, Dried Beans, Pasta, Flour, Sugar, Sandwich Bread, Powdered Milk

2. Canned Tuna, Hummus, Ful, Fruit, Vegetables

3. Peanut Butter, Jelly, Pasta Sauce

4. Cooking Oils (Canola, Olive)

5. Boxes/Bags of dried cereal

6. Toilet Paper, Diapers, Women necessities

7. Don’t stop at the basics if you can give more. Give away toys, clothing, meat. We can do so much.

Next time you sit down to eat ask yourself, how many more could eat from this food?

Contact Islamic Relief.

Learn How You Can Help in other ways.

Remember that the more mercy we show to others, the more Mercy Allah will show to us on the day when we will need it the most.

Please, let’s stop talking and get acting. Allah could remove our own blessings. Let us feed those who are starving. Let us clothe those who have nothing. Let us bring smiles to those who only wait for ease. I know it breaks your heart to see these pictures. How could it not hurt?

If you have other ideas that may encourage others to act, I encourage you to post them here and I will add those ideas to this post. This post will stay up for a while. Anytime you help, make du’aa’ for people, pass this message along, please rate this entry (any number). Allah knows how much we all help. And remember that the best charity is that which is given in secret. So don’t expose yourself. But help. It could be our children, our brothers, our friends in this situation, tomorrow.

Many thanks to the sister who shared these saddening pictures with me. May Allah reward you immensely. Ameen

Let’s Be Strangers

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Brother Sa’ad posted the following video. Jazak Allahu khairan for sharing such powerful words with us.

Here it is for the rest of you.

“Islam has started strange and will become strange again. Therefore, good news for the strangers.” [Muslim]

Another beneficial lecture: The Strangers

I’m happy to be a stranger. Are you?

A sister dying

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Update: Sister Naila has passed. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon. Keep her in your ad’iyah and offer any type of support at the link provided below. If you couldn’t find where I linked it, here you go: Keep her family in your prayers and remember death often. May Allah accept her deeds, forgive and have mercy on her and grant her firdaws al ‘ala. Ameen

Sister Naila Ahmed is the aunt of a dear sister that some of you know, a friend, a mother, a wife, a teacher, a daughter. She has touched the lives of many. She is our sister. She has suffered from cancer and is now waiting for His decree. She’s had the blessing that many of us pray we have when we are in such a state; to ask for water to make wudu’ so she could offer her prayer to her Lord. Now she rests, as her family wonders if she will go now or tomorrow. What happens next is only known to Him. Keep your sister in your prayers.

May Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala accept her deeds and forgive and have mercy on her and her family. آمين

We’re next.

Muslim Support Groups: An Example

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Brothers and Sisters, this is a wonderful example of what we need in our communities. Masha’Allah, some communities really have gotten together to help each other, in many amazing ways. Let us aim to form similar things, even if it is just a small group working together, with or without the support of the majority. There are so many Muslims that need that push in the right direction, that have no place to go, lack good Muslims around them, no place to find clothing and the accessories that many of us have easily available. Unfortunately, our priorities are all over the place. Sometimes we go to the Masjid looking for information and we are pushed aside as if we are not important. When Muslims are trying to change their life for the better they need alternatives. So let us give them those alternatives. We can even do so much online. Let us work together to bring support. Remember, pebbles build mountains. Let us think of ways of helping and providing a true support group via the internet. I’m in, are you?

Paradise 4-Ever


9 Miserable Days at Prince Hamza Hospital

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


Dad was driving his car when he became very ill and hit his car where it was found. He got out of his car feeling very dizzy and fell down. Some unknown students took him Prince Hamza Hospital, where he was diagnosed with high blood pressure.

Because the hospital is really bad and I can’t begin to explain how horrible it is, my dad ended up with a) a brain seizure, b) severe pneumonia, c) kidney malfunction and d) blood infection. All which he picked up and was caused by his stay at the Prince Hamza Butchery (that’s what we’re calling it now). The reason his mobile was turned off is because it was stolen, either by the people who transferred him, or most probably at the hospital.

SubhanAllah! Read it and let others know: 9 Miserable Days!!

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