Continuing Shabana Patel’s legacy

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Raised by 161 people in 29 days
Created July 19, 2019
Shabana Patel left us in a tragic car accident yesterday.  Our beautiful sister in her short lifespan of 40 years has touched so many of us in so many heart-touching ways. No words can describe the shooting pain in our hearts today or answer the questions her kid's innocent eyes are asking us. But we can all do a little something, to make her and our hereafter life easy. Because as we now know, tomorrow is not promised to any one of us. 

We are raising money to continue her legacy to benefit Ihsan Foundation for West Africa. This project of supporting a school in Sierra Leone was Shabana’s dream and any donation will help make an impact on many needy kids in Africa. With the intention of making it a Sadaqah e jaariyah, continuous charity for our sister and something I know, she would have loved to do ❤️. #Beggarforlife is what our sister called herself, always raising money to bring others happiness. May Allah fill her journey here on with Noor and bless her with the highest rank in Jannat-ul-Firdous.  Ameen.

More information about Ihsan Foundation for West Africa: To Promote Education, Social Awareness, And Health Services.
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Assalaamu Alaikum all, with fantastic 762 shares on FB, awesome 154 people who donated, we have reached $14,000 in 20 days for a certified charity! A goal our sister was trying to raise just last month, which was attained today. Together we are so much stronger and our sister Shabana Patel was definitely loved, may Allah SWT count every penny towards Sadaqah e jaariyah for her and for each one of you. May Allah shows each one of you who made this possible with immense noor, peace and barakah in these blessed days of Hajj. JazakAllahu khair for your support.
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Work in silence and let your success make noise. A true example of this was our sister Shabana Patel. She was honored by so many organization, below is a tribute from San Francisco Islamic School. Absolutely proud of the work our sister has done. Need I say more, SubhanAllah when a kid praises your teaching skills at your Janaza, you know that Allah raised her status for this Sadaqah e jaariyah instantly IA. Please help support this beautiful cause as we start these blessed days of Dhul Hijjjah and JazakAllahu Khair for those who have donated to this beautiful cause. May Allah accept it. Ameen ❤️

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As’salaamu Alaikum SFIS Community. It was a great loss to our collective communities when our dear sister Shabana Patel passed away last Thursday. In learning more about how her great efforts surpassed our own eyes we at SFIS would like to encourage all of our supporters to help continue her legacy. At her Jenaza last week a youth from the community mentioned to another attendee- " She was my best teacher at SFIS- the best year I had." Read this beautiful letter from the organization that she worked hand in hand with to help build a school for those in need in Seirra Leone.

As a community we support her effort and pray it be now a Sadaqa jariyah. Donate here and please keep her in your duas.
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As’salaamu Alaikum all, your generosity has left us speechless. May Allah SWT make it a Sadaqah e jaariyah for our lovely sister and all of you. Ameen. Below is a beautiful tribute given to Shabana by brother Ahmed Bangura, the Chair for Ihsan foundation of West Africa. Alhamdulillah.


An Indian and her African Children: An Inspiring Legacy
Dear Friend of Ihsan,


It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news of our bereavement at Ihsan.

Sister Shabana Patel, a simple but determined servant of the communities of San Francisco, and most recently of the Sacramento area, passed in a car accident on Thursday July 18.

Inna lillah wainna ialihe rajioon .

In 2010, Sister Shabana started a school at the village of Rogbap in Sierra Leone, the place of my birth. It was Rogbap’s first school. Very quickly the school was filled with students from surrounding villages, most of whom would not have otherwise had an education. There was no school in their area. Other children transferred from better funded Mission schools that were located further away. Thus all six grades of her school became filled all at once. It cost her and her supporters $5000.00 to start this school.

A few years ago, she raised more funds to build a bigger school to accommodate the many village children who were drawn to the school.

This year, nine of her first African “children” took their university entrance exams. They are all orphans supported by Ihsan. They are now awaiting their results.

When I shared that news with her she wrote back saying

“They, in sha Allah, will become trees that shade others and serve others, while having deep roots in the ground like you Sir.”

Much was said about Sister Shabana at her Janaza in Sacramento, but little was known about the seeds of hope and change that she planted in Africa and continued to nurture with her love and selflessness over the years.

The news of her death was a great shock to the children and the communities she served in Sierra Leone, Janaza prayers were performed for her in nearly all regions of Sierra Leone by people she never met, and communities she never visited

I have so much more to say about this special woman.

My family and I were expecting Sister Shabana to visit us anytime last week, to bring donations she had collected for the establishment of a secondary school for her children. That visit was never meant to happen.

Her family and friends are, however, determined to continue her legacy and have just launched a crowd funding campaign to support her dream.


On behalf of the Ihsan team, I move to name the prospective school “The Ihsan Shabana Academy (ISSA)”

We ask you to join us, her family and friends in asking Allah to forgive her sins, accept her work, and grant her the highest place in Jannah .

She left behind a husband and three young children. Thirteen-year old Issa, her oldest child, led her Janaza prayer. Let us pray for Allah to grant them Sabr as they cope with this unexpected loss.

Allahu Yarhamhuha

Ahmed Bangura
Chair, Ihsan Foundation for West Africa

Humble beginnings of Sankore

Children from neighboring villages coming to register at Sankore

Sankore foundation laying by Azhar Mashaikh

Shabana House at the Inter-House Sports Event

Sankore students taking secondary school entrance exams
The new building to house the new Ihsan Shabana Academy, students lining up to eat, waving during assembly and joyfully eating their meal

مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يُقْرِضُ اللَّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا فَيُضَاعِفَهُ لَهُ أَضْعَافًا كَثِيرَةً ۚ وَاللَّهُ يَقْبِضُ وَيَبْسُطُ وَإِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ

Who is it that will offer up unto God a goodly loan, which He will amply repay, with manifold increase? For, God takes away, and He gives abundantly; and it is unto Him that you shall be brought back
Baqara, 234


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Raised by 161 people in 29 days
Created July 19, 2019
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