How Suffa Global Aid began

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah!

As you may have already heard about Suffa Global Aid, here's a little introduction on how we started:

Some years ago I started getting involved with charities here in the UK, I always felt privileged living in the UK and having my basic
daily living necessities available to me whenever and where ever I was. The basic necessities that I had was things like clean water,
a roof over my head, a simple sheet of blanket that comforted me, access to electricity and having access to basic hygiene. I've always felt
it was a duty upon me to help those less fortunate than myself.

I've fundraised for a number of charities and have been on many trips around the world where we would deliver life changing
medication, aid, food, clothing and vaccinations.

As I fundraised at times I realised it may be tough for some people to donate, as it was tough for me at times to donate.
People here in the UK do struggle too, so I thought to myself what can be done, how can we engage those people who want
to help out and be involved in such charitable acts but not pressure them and to make it easy for them to get involved.

So I thought why not ask people for £1 and get as many people involved as I can, I was on a mission and every day I would try
and talk to a few people, try and get them to understand the importance of charity and how a small amount can make a huge
difference to one’s life.

Majority of our friends/family loved the idea as they can be part of a number of projects for a very little amount throughout the year.

My mum especially was very excited when I told her she can sponsor 3 hifz students for less than £5, something that would've
cost her £540 if she were to do it alone, as with many other family members and friends everyone loved the concept of this idea.

I realised I don't have to finally pay for a hifz student all by myself, I won't have to build a water well alone, I won't have to
do these life changing projects alone. We can all get the same reward and still make a difference to people's lives. Surely Allah is
the most merciful so whether we give £1 or £1000 we are still involved and that's what matters, our intentions and our efforts!

So..
In August 2016 I decided I'm going to start a small charity collection every month to help the needy. I approached more than a
hundred people and Alhamdulilah people were so generous, some gave £1 some £10 but I never forced or asked an amount from
anyone. I simply asked them to collect £1 from each working family member if they can of course just so everyone is involved
and that we share the rewards together.

Since we started, every month we have donated and supported different projects around the world. From building water wells, giving Qurbani during Eid, sponsoring 3 Hafiz in 3 different countries, we helped the purchasing of a small orphan shelter. We have given over £1600 in medical aid, food and clothing (all new) to our brothers and sisters struggling overseas.

My main objective was to get everyone involved, £1 won't make us poor nor will it hurt our bank balance, but that £1 may 
provide a day’s food for someone. The great thing is it all adds up, at times you may feel the urge to give more and that's a
good thing, but keeping it small, regular and consistent is what we want.

May Allah ﷻ help the oppressed and needy, use us as a means for their ease and may He Allah ﷻ allow this to be a means for
Jannah. To make our lives better, our children's lives better, bring barakah into our families, to our neighbours and our
communities.


Lastly I'd like finish off by saying a huge thank you to my friends, family members and the new brothers that I've met through
this project, for supporting and sharing our monthly appeals. We are all working towards our akhira and I pray Allah accepts our efforts,
our intentions and the very little that we can do to help.

I pray you will help our cause one day and be part of our 12 Projects throughout the year.

"Spend (in charity) out of the sustenance that We have bestowed on you before that time when death will come to someone,
and he shall say: "O my Lord! If only you would grant me reprieve for a little while, then I would give in charity, and be among the righteous." -
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The Holy Quran, 63:10.

Mohammed Kadir- The Visionary (Suffa Global Aid)