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Help this homeless Muslim woman

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Sister Aisha is a 50-year-old Muslim woman who is homeless, alone, and at the mercy of the streets and shelters of Sacramento and she needs our help. 

Where can Muslim women who are homeless perform their salat in peace? The answer is hardly anywhere. Just about every Muslim woman in the United States has a safe space, a place of khalwa (seclusion), the freedom, and the ability to pray in their own space, without hindrance or obstacles, except homeless Muslim women who are mostly converts, mostly African American, mostly victims of trauma, and most are mothers. Sister Aisha is one of them. We are believers, we are grateful, this is the month of Ramadan, and she is our sister in faith, and belief even requires us to help.

We take it for granted that  Muslim women can pray at home which is the Sunna, and most have their own spaces where they can take a ghusl, take a bath or shower, make wudu, put on clean clothes and make salat.  And even when they're not home, they can pray in the masaajid,  pray at  Eids and other festive venues like picnics,  Muslim gatherings, demonstrations,  civic, religious, and political events in public places where Muslims gather, like parks, events at capitol hill, iftaars, or in any one of the safe places that we've helped establish for our Muslim women to pray at airports, universities,  and in millions of office building and workplaces around the country.

But where can a homeless Muslim woman pray, How can she pray? Where is her safe place? Along with all the other dangers, struggle an trauma that come with homelessness, Homeless Muslim women often have nowhere to bathe, shower or take a ghusl, no khalwa (privacy), often have no place where they maintain modesty, pray in peace and cleanliness and are free from harassment, indignity, disrespect, and humiliation.

We cannot do nothing, we must not let this happen, and this is why we started this fund for sister Aisha.  To help her by the grace of Allah, out of being homeless, and into her own apartment. 

Aisha converted to Islam several years ago and used to faithfully attend the Mosque where I was once the Imam. When we found out that she had been the victim of abuse, that she was now homeless, that her health was suffering as a result of living in crowded shelters, and that she was humiliated and turned away by people at a couple of the local mosques, it broke my heart into pieces. 

 Homelessness is a shock, it traumatic American Muslim women converts, who become divorced, are older women, are victims of crime or abuse, or both, and who are mostly poor and without family, or family support, fall through the cracks all the time and no one hardly notices.  Maybe we cannot reach and help all of them, but we can surely help sister Aisha. We really should call this a no-brainer fund because; A Muslim women should not ever have to be homeless in America. 

Most of us have never known what it's like to be  homeless. Even those of us who go out to feed the homeless, e still have a home to go back to sister Aisha doesn't have a home to go to now. Not yet, this fund was established, to see that gets one.

Homelessness is tough, for a woman it's tougher, and for a Black woman who is a Muslim, it's toughest of all.  The Prophet ﷺ said, "The best charity is that [which is] given in Ramadan." Please, let's  help sister Aisha.  We are believers and this is the blessed month of Ramadan. 

I don't have to convince you that this is so right a thing to do . Give what you can so we can reach our goal. Jazaaka Allahu khairan for your support and may Allah, protect her, and protect all from the burden and fitna of homelessness and lighten our burdens. Most of you reading this have homes to go to. Sister Aisha doesn't and this is why you should support this campaign.
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Jazaaka Allahu khairan everyone. This campaign is over the sister is no longer homeless, and on her way to a new start. No more donations are needed. I’m sorry I don’t have a long speech to give. However, be aware that there may be situations similar to this where you live. Pay attention to our women, our weak, and those who are overlooked. May Allah accept.
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Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, wa Barakatuh. Eid Mubarak. Alhumdu lillzah, We met the goal and in sha Allah it looks like she’s going to be fine. . May Allah reward you guys for your prayers and your support. And you can still give as there are others Muslim women, we found out who are in the same or similar situation. Now, pay attention because those of you who know me, know that I am an Imam, and a teacher for many years and you know that I don’t like talking about my self, or talking about anything that I do for anyone. Especially when it has to do with helping a family or an individual. The dignity of a Muslim is sacred, and don’t even get me started on that. So there ain’t gonna be no celebration, no picture uploaded uploaded of the sister in her apartment when it happens, no personal praise, I appreciate du’aa , but this is nothing and making a show of our deeds that we do for Allah takes away any blessing, and what we have to celebrate is Allah and thanking Him for pulling us into this. We know who Allah but when He shows you How He works a plan, and show you the steps, it leaves you in awe.

This is what I’m going to share a little with you now because Allah showed me something this Ramadan that is so amazing, so clear, so plain and yet so profound and delivered it in such a way, that made it unlawful for me to keep it to myself. This may take a minute, and of course this is the end of Ramadan , and I have to dispense this gift before the month is over. Don’t ask me why because that’s not relevant to the gift. Firstly, I hate this crowd funding stuff, and I thought that we would have gotten everything settled in one or two day. When I explained the situation in the begging, it was no a now brainer to me that with all we have, and all Allah has given us, a middle aged Muslim woman on the street in a city that has like forty thousand Muslims give or take, our collective moral responsibility would compel us to take care of that in one day or less, and remove it from ever coming up as a question on the day of judgement. It’s like you suddenly realize that your nakedness, is showing and you have to fix it right away after you know so you won’t hear the penalty of running around naked while you know it. Or sitting at a feast, eating good, a while there is someone who is hungry and does not have any food watching you and you see them, Allah has given you his portion of risq, and do not have to get out of your chair to help them.

How can you say Bismillah or Alhamdulillah, without giving them at least something? Especially if you know them and know they are in pain. That’s insane to me. . That’s an obligation that you have to do right away , otherwise, you start incurring penalties, fines, late fees if and misdemeanors and maybe even a felony of neglect that goes on your record, because everything is written down. Sin, whether major , minor, or otherwise, measured by the circumstance, condition, residual effect, remorse, state of mind and do many other things. And this is not the time for that dars. But you get my point. And then s is not a judgement or anything so stay focused on the lesson. So you can get the gift at the end of this narration. My mother, Wadia, umm Luqman, who was and still while she is wherever has her, the love of my life, and my father Shaykh Abdulkarim Ahmad, who I love and respect more than anyone alive man or woman , they taught us that. Muslims love Islam, and Muslims help Muslims, period.

Anyway, and by the way,I’m only telling yall all this because because I have to. Allah is compelling me to say it to you and y’all can take it however you want. But let me make this clear. If you get anything from any of this, I want you to see how Allah used a Black, homeless American Muslim woman convert to Islam, who had no voice, to teach me and give me a clear exit, and direction where am supposed to go as a man, as a muslim, as an American, and as someone who is deeply in debt to the Lord of the world, in ways that only He knows and wi can’t even explain. But I’m going to share some of it, enough so if you might see a debt repayment plan you that if you owe Allah and are indebted to Him beyond what you are earning by your good deeds, or you are accumulating more debt by your negligence. How you can break free. Of course this way is not for everyone to see, some of you may see it, and some won’t, Allah does not own one tool, or one door; He owns it all and does whatever He pleases. By the way, I am completely in debt in paying Allah what I owe Him, and I do not claim to be pious, holy or any of that. Bit I am a loyal servant to Islam and Muslims, but I am not an example of piety. I am a human bring with many shortcomings which is why I had to make a deal with Allah that requires me to be in the service of our faith and the Muslims in sha Allah, in the hopes, He will spare me of what I fear more than anything else, which is Him, His wrath, His anger, his punishment and that He would ever abandon me, or leave me without His guidance. For I am nothing without Allah. Even with Him I am nothing. What I care about most as far as other people’s view of me is that I never in my life set out to harm a believer, and anything that I have ever taught, ever written, sermoned, or counseled was the truth as I knew it and I have a daleel for every word.
Anyway back to the story. So when I saw that it was a little slow, I shared it on Fb and sent it out to as many people that I could. Just assuming that people know that we simply cannot have that go on. Knowing that people don’t have that kind of money just sitting around like that, I figured Muslims on Facebook talking bout hey Ramadan, yaa Allah bless me forgive me, guide me, and here it is, one Muslim woman , alone who is of us that we all could have helped in one day one hour and shared in fulfilling the fard al-kifaaya. Boom, we’re done, just in time for Ramadan. (That’s the Imam in me. I am a sworn shield, servant and spiritual mercenary for Allah), and I take this stuff seriously and I have been this way since I was a teenager. And have never shared this with anyone except people in the masjid or from the minbar.) but in my mind, it was something we have to take care of right away, otherwise it is a blatant insult to Allah that we have a helpless muslim woman on the street, shunned and hurt by Muslims, as we prepare to enter our holiest month. That once we became aware that there was a homeless Muslim woman who was living on the streets around us, People, Muslims, would knock that off the to do list like yesterday . I didn’t realize why Allah let it go on or why there was obstacles until the end of Ramadan, but as the month moved on, he was showing me an I gotta show you. But it’s almost Maghrib now and I have to get this out before the end of Ramadan, so the bottom line is we realized that the weakest amongst us have no voice, which is why we are opening an advocacy and after care center. It covers a lot and Allah has commanded me to go in this direction. In sha Allah, I’ll explain more later and you will be amazed and grateful that Allah showed this to us. In the meantime, go to the fundraiser on my fb page, or to www.mosquewithoutborders.com and give because I can’t do it alone, and if if you read this far, it means that Allah is inviting you. Trust me, but I gotta go, and may Allah accept from us. Eid Mubarak, wa Assalaamu alaikum . Imam Abu Laith Luqman Ahmad.
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People think that people who are poor, maybe not educated, not upwardly mobile, that their Islam is not that important. Some Muslims are so pompous, so self righteous, and so out of touch with reality, it makes ut hard for people to like them. Anyone can figure out that there is something terribly wrong for a people who talk so much about islamophobia, and its threat to their safety and security, would leave a homeless Muslim woman out on the street. That’s only one reason why regular rank and file Americans which are the majority, have so much loathing for Muslims. I know this campaign is about helping our sister, but I am an Imam, I’m a Muslim, I’m an American, and I’m a man dammit, and I did not sign any no conscience clause. And when stuff needs to be pointed out, I’m going to point it out.
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Assalaamu alaikum. There are hundred of churches, dozens of homeless shelters, civic organizations, women empowerment groups, and community organizations in Sacramento. Good organizations that do good work. However, none of them are equipped to address the particular needs of a middle aged Muslim woman , who Is black, who is sick, and who is victim of abuse. So where does she go? She’ll go to a masjid she used to attend and where her ex-husband still attends, helping her could cause problems between brothers. So she goes to an immigrant Masjid. She is a stranger, they make it clear that she is out of place, maybe donone will toss her a couple dollars. Don’t know where the money is going they think, “maybe she’ll use it to buy drugs with”, maybe it’s a scam, she has a couple bags with clothes in it, She’s walking slow, she’s old, timid, dosent talk like she’s college educated, and she looks like she could use a bath and some clean clothes. Gotta get her off the premises, and no, you cannot sit in the sisters section, sisters come on Friday. Someone gives her a number and tells her to contact brother so and so, he’s the masjid treasurer. He’s not here, and hard to reach anyway. But you can try. But you gotta go, you can’t stand here.

She eventually calls, leaves a message, but no response. Like who has the time, or energy to actually listen to what’s going on with one black homeless Muslimah? We’ve got islamophobia to fight, laws to change, masaajid to build, politicians to demonize.
Taking the time to situate one homeless person ,muslim or not, has no promotional capital. Who’s gonna know? She gets the attention of an Imam who knows, and whose 20 year policy to never send a Muslim woman away empty handed. Plus he knows her and knows about her. So I’m like, let me just tell the Muslims, this will be handled in a couple of days. In the meantime, no way I’m starting Ramadan and be going to iftars, talking about mercy and forgiveness and stuff and this woman is homeless, and that’s how this all started. Then other women came out of the shadows, the hot stories too. Someone who pledged to cover the cost of a motel for the month of Ramadan, ended up pulling out. Too much hassle dealing with a homeless woman. I get it, that’s why I never ask people to get personally involved in this part of Imam s work. I’ve had people come with me to work on a humanitarian projects and they want to take selfies, do Instagram and stuff like “hey! Look at us! We’re feeding the homeless, Muslims showing care!
Motel costs $84.74 a day including tax. This story repeats itself again and again all over the country. We’re still very short. That’s the update.
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