Two fundraisers: a well and a mosque
This morning a British rapper, Blaine “Cadet” Johnson, from south London was killed in a car accident on the way to a show at Keele university in Staffordshire. He was 28. Some people I know are raising money to sink a well in his name (the location has not been decided yet; currently it is a case of “wherever needed” unless his family say he would have liked it to be in a particular place). This is a Muslim tradition called sadaqa jariya or “continuing charity” which the deceased benefits for in the Hereafter (yes, he was Muslim). The fundraising page can be found here.
Also, one of my favourite London mosques is fundraising for a rebuild: the Old Kent Road mosque (run by the Nigerian Muslim community) has been running from a converted pub since the 1990s and has insufficient space for the people who attend, especially on Fridays, but now has planning permission for a brand new building and needs to raise funds. You can find their address, bank details and charity number as well as a donation button on their website (bank transfers should be made with the reference “rebuild”). We were told that there is a deadline for funds to be raised (I will find out what that is tomorrow, in sha Allah).
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