What would you want if you were placed in brother Hashim's predicament?
Brother Mohamed Hashim has stage 4 terminal brain cancer (glioblastoma). Doctors gave him 6 months to live 6 months ago.
He came to Canada 8 years ago as a political refugee from Sri Lanka, leaving his wife and small kids behind. He applied to have them come over to Canada but due to our previous PM, laws changed and so did the painful process to reunite with his family.
The current government helped us to finally bring his family to spend the last days with him.
As they came, brother Hashim's wife became ill and had to get open heart surgery.
Just imagine the pressure on family; father getting treatment for brain cancer and mother in the heart surgery wing.
Why are we asking for your support?
Brother Hashim spent 20 years going back and forth from the Middle East to his home land engaged in tea business. He built a house for his family and provided life means. He finally settled in Sir Lanka , opened a factory but was politically pushed out. His factory went belly up, he had to run for his life.
He arrived in Canada and worked odd jobs just to send monies home to support his family and pay off his debts. Since his business went under, the bank wanted to take his home that he built. He paid in the last 8 years approximately $50,000 towards his debt and to upkeep his family.
Now he is dying - doctors have stopped cancer treatment as his body is too fragile for any therapy or radiation. His wife has heart issues and they have relatively young kids (teens).
Brother Hashim each day wakes and cries to see his mother who is also ill. He cries to see his home land. He cries for help! It is very distressing. The picture you see, is when, I recently visited him at home; he sat and cried and cried. This is a grown man, a good brother that I know personally since he has been here. He is a good person. He worked with our masjid and cared for the poor and the down trodden.
If you were in his shoes, what would you want? Would you like a cold reply of "tough luck" or would you want people to show kindness. Would you want your debt to be paid before dying? Thank God that you are not in his shoes.
We must help him to arrange his trip back home to see his mother and to pay off his debts! Pay $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can. This can be counted as your zakat. And then, you can forward this to as many people who have heart to help this very poor individual.
Brotherhood is not a cheap word; we have lived with this person and we know he is a good man. What would $100 do if we give it away? It would do much for brother Hashim. He is going home to die and his wife comes back to help the children, God willing. There is no happy ending. But this is granting a wish to this sad brother; what a test!
Please pray for him and his family and spread the word. We will also update with videos and pictures.
If in doubt of the veracity of this claim please write to Centre for Islamic Development at [email redacted].
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