Thanks to the generosity of all the donors we have reached our target for funds to complete the mosque and water well. All extra funds will be going towards additional features of the mosque such as a Wudhu area, carpet, lighting etc. Please continue to support us in order to be able to achieve a build complete with basic essentials.
Sincerely, thank you for all the support, love and kindness shown with your contributions. We are extremely grateful for each donor who has taken the time to visit our page and be a means for this project to commence.
Much appreciation and prayers to all,
The Younis Family
May peace be upon you,
Thank you for visiting our fundraising page for our father, the late Mr Younis Mohammad.
This is solely a Sadiqah Jariyah project, meaning it is a continuous form of giving that provides for people long after we have gone.
Why have we decided to fundraise?
Our father was a man who lived his life with selfless devotion to his family. He was driven to provide a better life for us right to the very end, without an utterance of complaint. He will be remembered for his gentle nature and the way he always looked to bring a smile to those he met. A kind, patient man known for his bubbly character and generosity to those that were without.
At the end of Dec 20 he developed COVID-19 symptoms, which was later confirmed after his admission to hospital. Within 5 days his breathing difficulties worsened and he was admitted into intensive care, where he spent 21 days battling the deadly virus before Allah SWT decided it was his time to return. His final moments with his family mirrored his way of life, selfless, shirking off being the centre of attention and without complaints of his suffering.
It is for these reasons we want to support a cause which can help others and our father, in this life and the hereafter through pure sadiqa jariya (note this is not zakat eligible).
Why did we choose this charity and how much are we looking to raise?
We have opted to build Masjid Younis with a water well in Gambia together with Sharing Wonders because of the fantastic humanitarian work they have been involved with in the region. The total cost of this project will be £7,500 Insha Allah.
As Muslims, we recognise the importance of these beautiful places of worship, but do you know what the benefits of building a mosque are? The reward for building a mosque is great and ongoing as long as people are benefiting; for every prayer said inside a mosque you’ve helped build, Allah (SWT) will reward you in Jannah. As well as the rewards you can receive for building a mosque, the community in which you’ve built the mosque will benefit as well!
It’s Sadaqah Jariyah!
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (continuing charity), knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him” [Muslim]
A Palace in Jannah
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever builds a mosque, desiring thereby Allah’s pleasure, Allah builds for him the like of it in paradise.” [Bukhari]
A great reward for building a mosque is being granted a palace in Jannah. Allah (SWT), our benevolent creator, will reward us for building His house of worship here on earth by building us a house in paradise! Building a mosque helps us spread our deen in this world and brings not only ourselves closer to Allah (SWT) but everyone who enters the mosque as well.
The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said, “Whoever relieves the hardship of a believer in this world, Allah will relieve his hardship on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever helps ease one in difficulty, Allah will make it easy for him in this world and in the Hereafter.” [Muslim]
There are many poor communities in our ummah that simply cannot afford to make necessary repairs or upgrades to their mosques, and some don’t even have a local mosque at all. In these communities, people find themselves setting up for prayer outside in the hot sun or pouring rain, walking mile after mile to go to a neighbouring town’s mosque or praying alone without out the benefits of congressional worship.
Communal prayer, spiritual guidance, Islamic education for children and a safe community hub are only a few of the benefits of building a mosque in these communities. When you build a mosque for the less fortunate, you are providing them with a sturdy house of worship that will foster their moral and spiritual development for years to come. By building a mosque for those in need, you are bringing life back to the community.
Water is one of the most profound elements in Islam as it is considered the source of all life. Allah says in the Qur’an, ‘By means of water, we give life to everything’. (Qur’an, 21:30). In fact, did you know that the word “water” appears 63 times in the holy book of the Qur’an? However, what is so essential to our survival and well-being seems to be unattainable to a staggering 2.2 billion people on the globe.
We use water for everything, from washing dishes to cooking food to growing crops. Communities who don’t have access to clean water face unimaginable hardships, with women and children walking for hours to collect even a little water, and families unable to support themselves due to lack of education and livelihood. Having access to safe water is a basic human right and fulfilling this right is an excellent Sadaqah.
Its the best charity!
‘The Prophet (ﷺ) was asked, “Which charity is best?” He replied, “[Providing] water”’. [Abu Dawud]
The simple act of giving someone water is highly rewarded in Islam, so imagine the reward for giving the use of a water source? This is regarded as sadaqah jaariyah and its rewards will benefit the giver even after their demise – so long as others continue to benefit from this given source of water.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said Allah (mighty and sublime be He) will say on the Day of Resurrection:
'... O son of Adam, I asked you to give Me to drink and you gave Me not to drink. He will say: O Lord, how should I give You to drink when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: My servant So-and-so asked you to give him to drink and you gave him not to drink. Had you given him to drink you would have surely found that with Me.' [Muslim]
Building in someone else's name
On the authority of Sa‘d bin ’Ubadah that he said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Umm (mother of) Sa‘d has died, so which charity is best?’ He (ﷺ) replied, ‘[Providing] water’. He (ra) said, ‘So [Sa’d] dug a well and said, “This (well) is for Umm Sa‘d”’. [Abu Dawud]
What does your support mean to us?
May Allah reward you for all of your kind words and support during this difficult time for our family. Your kindness, encouragement and generosity is greatly appreciated.
We will provide you with regular updates including the location and pictures/videos as soon as building commences Insha Allah.
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More information about Sharing Wonders: We're a humanitarian Charity promoting education and self sustenance.
We build schools, masjids, water wells, promote agriculture and provide social aid such as child education sponsorship and house construction support.
As of May 2020, we've built over 240 water wells, funded multiple women's gardens for agriculture and have 7 schools under our management.
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