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SOMALIA DROUGHT FUNDRAISER

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Dear brothers and sisters,

As you are all probably aware, the drought situation in Somalia right now is beyond description. Children, men, women and livestock are dying due to lack of access to food and water. Moreover, March is the hottest and driest month of the year in Somalia, only adding to the dire need right now. The prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.“ (Tirmidhi, 589)

We are raising funds in the hopes that Allah subhana wa ta’aala places barakah in it and makes it of benefit to those who need it most. As we know, giving sadaqah has countless benefits, including that it does not detract anything from the one who gives it.

“And whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allah’s Cause), He will replace it. And He is the Best of providers.” [Saba’: 39]

The prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said: “Charity does not decrease wealth.” (Muslim, 2588)

Those who spend their wealth (in Allah’s cause) by night and day, in secret and in public, they shall have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. (Baqarah: 274)

So what is stopping us from giving? Let us pause in our lives of comfort and privilege and, firstly, make sincere du’aa that Allah alleviates the pain and suffering of our brothers and sisters. Secondly, let us reach into our pockets and give what we can. Perhaps you are thinking “I already gave”, but is there a limit to good? Do not underestimate what you can give, every dollar makes a difference. Any amount you give, you will be rewarded for. Imagine the joy and relief of the mother whose child you help nourish. A child who likely walked miles and miles in search of food and water, and still with no relief in sight.

For this fundraiser, our plan is to raise as much money as possible and distribute it to different areas in Southern and Northern Somalia affected by the drought, particularly the more rural areas. The amount of areas we can send to is dependent on how much is raised. We are working with trusted people (rather than agencies) who will use the money to buy clean drinking water, staple food items and any other necessities and distribute it fairly among those in need. This will include trucks filled with clean drinking water that will be driven from village to village.

To keep this as transparent as possible and to help you feel confident that your money is going to the right people, we will be sending email updates to all donors, communicating how much has been raised and taking pictures of all receipts (of funds we forward to Somalia) and closely following up with those entrusted to do the job. We have opted to use e-transfers and PayPal rather than GoFundMe so that every dollar given reaches its target inshaa’Allaah.

To donate, please send e-transfers to: somaliadrought2017@gmail.com
OR send through PayPal using the same email address if you are outside Canada

Also, whether or not you donate, PLEASE forward this message to all of your contacts, both local and international. Raise as much awareness as you can! Barakallaahu feekum for ALL of your support and may Allah سبحانه و تعالى place barakah in all of your affairs.


Sincerely,

Samsam Hersi & Umalkhayr Suleiman
Ottawa, Canada

10th Jumaad ath-thaani 1438 // March 9th, 2017