A young Muslim man from North London is raising £60,000 to build a mosque and a water well in memory of his mother who passed away following a battle with mental illness and cancer.
Camden resident Adnan Hashim, a 24-year-old law student at City University, had to cut his honeymoon trip to Turkey when he heard the heartbreaking news of his mother’s death.
“I left my mother with a kiss on the forehead. Two days later I was kissing her forehead again in the morgue,” Adnan told MyLondon.
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“My mother was a great person. She was a mother, a sister, a cousin… who used to take us travelling to multiple countries on holiday every year.
“She was a person who escaped war in Somalia and came to London to find a good life for her kids.
“We never had to go out and ask anyone else for a handout. She was there for us… She did everything for us.”
Raising over £55,000 in a matter of weeks, he is now just a few thousand pounds short of his £60,000 target which he’ll use to build a mosque and water wells in a deprived part of Gambia.
“As a Muslim, I believe that when you do a good deed in honour of someone who has passed away, whenever someone benefits from that good deed in this world, it elevates the heavenly status of the person who has passed.
“Whenever someone drinks from a well built in memory of my mother, her status in Heaven goes up.”
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Hard times could be an inspiration for many Muslims wishing to remember their dear ones, and this could be done with ongoing charity or ‘Sadaqah Jariyah’ in Islam.
To keep her brother’s memory alive, Noushin Raja, a British Muslim woman from Leeds, has supported more 700,000 people across the world over the past decade.
Allah’s Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said:
“When a man passes away, his good deeds will also come to an end except for three: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased).” Muslim and others