Assalamu Alaykum Lovelies.

Hope you’re having a great start to your week. Yesterday was the start of the month of Dhul Hijjah. Be sure to increase your ibaadah. Do something new, or increase in something you don’t do as much as you’d like. These first 10 days are blessed so don’t take it for granted. (Advice to myself first)

So todays post is a venting post. May Allah forgive me for venting but there’s something that has to be done about this.

Here it goes…

Today I went to the mall to do some back to school shopping for the children. I was in one of the stores when some man came up to me and said “Assalamu Alaykum” I replied with walaykum salaam. He then said “I need your help” so i thought maybe he was looking for something and couldn’t find it in the store or he needed directions or something. So I said “ok, what help do you need” he then proceeded to take out his book with a picture of Orphans as well as a wallet and asked me to help him with donations for Orphans who are in the Philippines. (this isn’t the first time that this has happened to me) he proceeded to tell me about the orphans and that they need help and he then proceeded to advise me that I should pay my zakat. Subhan’Allah.

I asked this man if he was Muslim and he said no. I asked him this because I had a feeling he wasn’t Muslim and my curiosity got the best of me.

I told him that I am the co-founder of a non-profit organization who also helps orphans and widows within Canada so I know how hard it must be for the Orphans however I didn’t have any cash on me to give to this organization and he didn’t give me any website to go to donate online.

My issue here is that this man wasn’t Muslim. He only said salaam to try to make a connection with me and pretend he was Muslim so that I would donate to his organization. This is not fair or just and it makes me question the organization as a whole and what they’re really doing with this money. I mentioned earlier that this wasn’t the first time a non muslim approached me with words of peace to try and get a donation. If people really need a donation then come as you are and ask, give more information about the organization like a website so that we can see and get an idea of where this money goes and accept other donations rather than just cash. HUGE RED FLAGS! This makes me so upset that people use religion to get money.

There’s also quite a bit of women who dress up as muslim women, meaning they dawn the hijab and sit in front of the masjid and ask for money. Some Masjids I know of actually call the police on these women. I know some women who really truly need the help will go to the masjid and seek sadaqah or Zakat. The positive thing here is that at least they know that Muslims are generous as per my other half says. However, I feel like they’re cheating us by pretending to be Muslim by learning a few Arabic words. At least be truthful in your approach you know,  as Muslims we will help non-muslims if they need it, they don’t have to pretend to be Muslim. Muslims help every walk of life, not only Muslims.

As a co-founder of an organization who helps single mothers and orphans we would never walk up to strangers and ask for money for charity. We run events, we have a website, and social media, we go to conferences and set up booths and everyone always gets a receipt for their donation no matter how big or small.

Point is to be careful which organizations you donate to. Some people take advantage of people and that’s not fair and just.

What are your thoughts on this matter? I would love to hear from you!

I pray Allah guides us all to the right path and puts fear for him in our hearts. Ameen.

Until my next post,

Umm Johar

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