Masjid for Brother Basharat Marhoom
Masjid for Brother Basharat Marhoom
On Monday night I received a call from Qari Ziyad in South Africa who informed that that two of Ummah Welfare Trust's field workers had been involved in a fatal accident in Mozambique, where they had traveled to assist victims of the recent cyclone.
I was informed that Ummah Welfare Trust field worker Basharat Hussain lost his life along with the local charity coordinator, Farook Jassat. May Allah have mercy on them both.
Two other brothers, Shah Nawaz (Ummah Welfare Trust's Finance Officer ) and brother Musa, a local aid worker, were seriously injured.
I was numb with shock as calls continued through the night to confirm the terrible tragedy. I couldn't come to terms with the tragic incident which claimed the lives of two active brothers and seriously injured two others; all of whom had travelled in the path of Allah to assist the orphans, widows and destitute.
Ummah Welfare Trust's staff and well-wishers still remain in a state of shock four days after the incident.
As we see the parents and the young family of the marhoom grieve upon this shocking incident we seek solace in the words of Rasulullah SallAllahu 'alayhi wasallam that our eyes weep upon this separation but we do not complain about's Allah's predestination.
From the day our dear Basharat became shaheed, I have been thinking about the qualities he possessed to make him worthy of receiving such a high status in the path of Allah, thousands of miles away from home to help the Ummah in Africa.
Brother Basharat Marhoom joined Ummah Welfare Trust over a year ago. When I asked him what brought him to the charity he explained that he'd previously worked in a financial institute and did not feel that it was a halal earning and so he left. He then moved to another organisation but felt their values didn't suit him.
He possessed beautiful akhlaaq (manners) and was a person who smiled naturally. I never saw him angry or disrespectful to anyone.
He had made a sacrifice for a Halal earning and sought out the ethics of the organisation he worked for.
I also understood that his akhlaaq played a major role in his appointment for this lofty position of Shahadah because Rasulullah Sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam said, 'There is nothing more heavier on the scales on the Day of Judgement than good manners.'
In the year he spent with the charity he travelled to Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Gambia, Togo, Benin, Mozambique and Sudan. He ensured that relief efforts made a difference to the lives of the poor and that funds were spent correctly.
May Allah Ta'ala have mercy on him and accept him as a shaheed in his path and resurrect him with the pious, the prophets and the martyrs.
We also pray to Allah to grant sabr to his family and children who have been orphaned at such a young age. May Allah take care of them and make them pious servants of his deen.
We also request du'as for our brother, Farook Jassat, who coordinated relief efforts for our suffering brethren in Mozambique and ultimately sacrificed his life in this path. May Allah grant him Jannah and forgive his sins.
We also pray for brother Shah Nawaz who is undergoing medical treatment in South Africa. May Allah grant him shifa and continue to utilise him for his Deen.
In honour of Brother Basharat Marhoom, Ummah Welfare Trust will be building a masjid in Mozambique as well as a well. All brothers and sisters are requested to donate wholeheartedly for this sadaqah jariyah project for a brother who gave his life fulfilling a duty on behalf of all of us, ensuring that aid was reaching the most needy in the best way.
O Allah have mercy on the Ummah and help us. O Allah grant us honour, feed the hungry and help the oppressed. O Allah grant us a life upon Islam and the death of a martyr.
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