“O son of Adam! It is better for you if you spend your surplus (wealth), but if you withhold it, it is evil for you. There is (however) no reproach for you (if you withhold the essentials) for a living. And begin (charity) with your dependents; and the upper hand is better than the lower hand.”
Her husband passed away in 2013 leaving her to raise her 3 children along without any financial security.
She currently lives in an mud/ brick home that has been sectioned off to give her kids 1 room which is about 2x3m. This room they use as a bedroom and living room for the 4 of them.
Raqiyah is paid a set amount every month as long as her kids stay in school. Her oldest 2 children are struggling at school as she is unable to help them with their work because she cant read and write.
Recently Raqiyahs situation took a turn for the worst as the house she lived in isn't owned by herself and the government are moving everyone out who lives there providing a plot of land to live elsewhere.
The day before we visited Raqiyah they had come telling her to get out of her home (this is eviction the Moroccan way)
At any time they can come and remove Raqiyah from her home and leave her totally homeless with 3 children.
We need to raise the funds to provide Raqiyah a safe home to live with her children. Renting a home can be very difficult even without considering the financial burden for a widow who has no work and 3 kids, the fact is that many landlords will prefer to rent to a husband and wife with only 1 or 2 kids.
If we can secure a year of rent in advance for the sister plus some extra money for her monthly costs inshaAllah to help her out as the money she receives each month only covers about half the months worth of food expenses and doesn't suffice her or her children's living costs especially not rent and bills.
Raqiyahs children are classified as orphans in Islam and the reward of being kind or looking after an orphan has huge reward.
سَهْلَ بْنَ سَعْدٍ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ أَنَا وَكَافِلُ الْيَتِيمِ فِي الْجَنَّةِ هَكَذَا وَقَالَ بِإِصْبَعَيْهِ السَّبَّابَةِ وَالْوُسْطَى
5659 صحيح البخاري كتاب الأدب باب فضل من يعول يتيما
Sahl ibn Sa’d reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in Paradise like this,” and he held his two fingers together to illustrate.
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5659
Barrak Allahu feekum
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